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Old 30th August 2002, 14:53   #1
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Washer Fluid

The M5 has a regular washer fluid reservoir and an intensive action fluid reservior. I was curious about this and asked my dealer about the intensive action fluid. They said that it is just regular fluid at a higher concentration. They said the BMW used to make a special intensive action fluid back in the day but have not made that for like 5-6 years. Is this true or do the folks at my dealership not know what their talking about?
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Old 30th August 2002, 16:41   #2
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the dealer took an order for the concentrate and it never came, then he told me to just use more concentrate in the high-intensity container
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I was going to start something on this. Not much rain around here lately - so not much window washing. But the other day I used it for essentially the first time.. and when the headlight washer came on there was some weird white substance.. almost grease like.. that ended up over the headlights and hood. Strange! i started to wonder if this was the "intense" stuff, which I could definitely live without!
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Weird, I've never paid very close attention to my headlight washers or something. I'll have to take a look..
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I have ordered and received both the regular and intensive windshield washer fluid. It is in the Accessories catalog, and the parts guy should be able to easily look this up, if they cared. If they won't provide any customer service, ask them for the accessories catalog and show them what you want. IDIOTS!
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I knew it! Thanks for the info.. Might you know the part number? I can just ask for that part number directly.
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Is it just me or wouldnt we all be happier WITHOUT headlamp washers? I mean, in the end, most of us keep our car clean (ie weekly wash or so at the minimum), and all the headlamp washer does is drive us crazy when it gets the fluid all over the hood and you are FORCED to wash it just so the car doesnt look good.
If and when I go back to a car with them, the first thing I will look for is a fuse or something that would turn it OFF!
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Is it just me or wouldnt we all be happier WITHOUT headlamp washers? I mean, in the end, most of us keep our car clean (ie weekly wash or so at the minimum), and all the headlamp washer does is drive us crazy when it gets the fluid all over the hood and you are FORCED to wash it just so the car doesnt look good.
If and when I go back to a car with them, the first thing I will look for is a fuse or something that would turn it OFF!
It's easier to do this than you might think. In fact, you could convert the headlight washer to manual only operation.

The headlight washer is software controlled. Every 5th time you use your windshield washer, a ground signal is applied to the blue/black wire that goes to pin 9 of your headlamp washer module. To disable the headlight washer completely, snip the wire. To make it manually controlled, cut the wire and reroute it through a switch. Pin 8 (brown wire) on the washer module is the ground, so you can use a momentary contact switch to short these two pins together.

You could even get clever about it and buy a BMW switch from the early E39 ASC control. Then you would have an "Auxiliary Squirt Control" button!

Credit for the ASC switch idea goes to Jim Cash from the Roadfly board.
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Brilliant idea, TCM.
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