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Old 15th April 2006, 05:34   #1
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Automatic Wipers Doesnt Work - Any ideas?

I've never been able to get the automatic wipers to work.
The dealer has replaced
Windshield, Sensor ,Cover

Ive turned the knurled knob all the way up and down. Ive tried the single swipe to maybe activate it. (some boards commented that it may need to be activated in order to prevent damage from automatic car washes.)

Any Ideas? I want to get it fixed but i dont want the dealer to mess up anything else in the process.

How well does it work?
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Old 15th April 2006, 06:11   #2
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I've been using the rain sensing wipers since 2000 and I find they work great. are you pressing the button to activate them?
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I've never been able to get the automatic wipers to work.
The dealer has replaced
Windshield, Sensor ,Cover

Ive turned the knurled knob all the way up and down. Ive tried the single swipe to maybe activate it. (some boards commented that it may need to be activated in order to prevent damage from automatic car washes.)

Any Ideas? I want to get it fixed but i dont want the dealer to mess up anything else in the process.

How well does it work?
I thought after a windshield replacement that the auto wipers on my wife's 325i weren't working and that the installer screwed up the windshield installation. Turns out, there is a sequence where you have the key in position 1 or 2, move the wiper control into the auto position (up one from off), and then start the car. That re-activated the function, so now they work properly all the time. These instructions were specifically spelled out in the manual...might have some special sequence like this for the M5 too.
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... are you pressing the button to activate them?
As Jerry said, there is that little button on the end of the stalk to press. A small light in the button goes on if it is activated. Also, if the windshield-sensor interface has air bubbles, the automatic wiper won't work well.

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I've never been able to get the automatic wipers to work.
The dealer has replaced
Windshield, Sensor ,Cover

Ive turned the knurled knob all the way up and down. Ive tried the single swipe to maybe activate it. (some boards commented that it may need to be activated in order to prevent damage from automatic car washes.)

Any Ideas? I want to get it fixed but i dont want the dealer to mess up anything else in the process.

How well does it work?
You would think that the dealer would have tested the sensor, especially if they had to replace the windshield. This just doesn't make much sense to me, it is one of the easiest items to test if faulty. Squirt water on the windshield and if it is activated via button or otherwise... it works.

I get the impression that a lot of dealerships rape BMWNA on warranty claims.

Does your stalk lite up when you turn on the automatic sensor?
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When a dealer replaces the windscreen they can often forget to re-initialise the rainsensor, it could be that simple

Its a 5 minute job to fix @ the dealer.

I also dont know why its so hard for them to pin down. Take a hose to it and they should be able to test it without issue.
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First thank you for all the replies. Yes the A does light up when i press the end of the stalk.

I tried testing it with a garden hose from light sprinkle to full monsoon. I'll try to call them and ask them how to reinitialize it.

My dealer has been asbolutely awful.

I was supposed to get the extended warranty at cost and I have tried no less than 15 times to contact them regarding it (email fax, telephone, in person) with no results. I gave up after 3 month. The frustration is just not worth it.
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Who are you using??? I am partial to BMW of Sterling, I understand this is a little far for you probably, but 2 great M guys there!!
Have you tried Tischer??? They are probably the only other dealer I trust in the area. I used BMW of Fairfax forever and then they went thru 4 SA's in like 3 months!!! I know more than those guys!!
PM me if you want contacts for Sterling or Tischer.

Are you going to the M3 meet?? I should be there!


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First thank you for all the replies. Yes the A does light up when i press the end of the stalk.

I tried testing it with a garden hose from light sprinkle to full monsoon. I'll try to call them and ask them how to reinitialize it.

My dealer has been asbolutely awful.

I was supposed to get the extended warranty at cost and I have tried no less than 15 times to contact them regarding it (email fax, telephone, in person) with no results. I gave up after 3 month. The frustration is just not worth it.
The only way to reinitialise the sensor is at a dealer so ringing them wont help....

Mate ..... it is most certainly worth it. Your efforts are more than adequate. You have just spend a substantial amount of your hard earned $$ on a car from a respected marque... and even if you had not done any of those things, its just plain rude. I would rock up to the dealership and request a meeeting with the dealer principal. Outline the attempts you have made to get the warranty sorted out to no avail, make it so obvious that there is no other answer than "Yep... we stuffed up, I'll make sure its fixed".

Remind them that your soapbox is a large one (here) and that while you do not wish to outline your concerns publicly, you may be forced to ask for advice from the wider M5 community which will obviously involve outlining the parties involved. Hopefully they will read that as "Fix it or I will ***** to everyone in sundry". Normally thats enough to get them off their snatches.

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In your place I might just call the next nearest dealer and talk with the service manager and tell them what has happened at your current dealer and that you are looking to take your business to a new dealer and see how the manager reacts. If you are satisfied, ask if they can do that re-initalizaiton right there on the spot (whats involved?- could be a long process- I dont know) and if they can do it, just wait and be patient. Maybe buy a quart of 10w60...
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