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Old 04-22-2005, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, my wipers are stopping about 1" higher on the windshield than they should be. The local BMW tech said to look under the passenger side cabin filter air box and replace the wiper relay there. He said it would be the tall one. And I think he said it would be white.

Well, I found the relays, and there was one tall one, but it was tan. The P/N is 613-68384-505. Is this the wiper relay? If not does anyone know the P/N or at least color of the correct one (1999 540)?

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in the e-box there should be 3 relays right up top in the front, the wiper relay is the tallest of the 3. Double check the wire colors going into the relay to be sure you have the correct 1. The colors should be.... brown/white brown/blue red/white black/brown black/green and 1 thats just solid brown.
Hope that helps.

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That happened once to my wipers, and my mechanic adjusted the part where the wiper arm connects to the motor, which is at the base of the windshield under the hood. Fixed that and it has never happen again since.
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in the e-box there should be 3 relays right up top in the front, the wiper relay is the tallest of the 3. Double check the wire colors going into the relay to be sure you have the correct 1. The colors should be.... brown/white brown/blue red/white black/brown black/green and 1 thats just solid brown.
Hope that helps.

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Thanks guys. I solved it. The relay I described is indeed the wiper relay. I confirmed it by simply removing it and trying to operate the wipers and they wouldn't move.

Bought a new relay at the local BMW dealer, under $15. Plugged it in. All is now well because my wipers now fully retract once again as they should!

Also - completed changing out my leaky power steering hoses today. It was a fairly straightforward job. Bentley manual left me out in the cold regarding torque of bolt on the block the connects hoses to radiator. Using sizing chart (it's an M8) I figured it to be about 10-12ft-lb. and torqued accordingly. if it leaks I can always tighten it more later. Ahhhhhhh.......
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Originally posted by Eric S.+Apr 23 2005, 07:59 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Eric S. @ Apr 23 2005, 07:59 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Dirty_Tool@Apr 22 2005, 10:09 PM
in the e-box there should be 3 relays right up top in the front, the wiper relay is the tallest of the 3. Double check the wire colors going into the relay to be sure you have the correct 1. The colors should be....* * brown/white* * brown/blue* * red/white black/brown* black/green* and 1 thats just solid brown.
Hope that helps.

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Thanks guys. I solved it. The relay I described is indeed the wiper relay. I confirmed it by simply removing it and trying to operate the wipers and they wouldn't move.

Bought a new relay at the local BMW dealer, under $15. Plugged it in. All is now well because my wipers now fully retract once again as they should!

Also - completed changing out my leaky power steering hoses today. It was a fairly straightforward job. Bentley manual left me out in the cold regarding torque of bolt on the block the connects hoses to radiator. Using sizing chart (it's an M8) I figured it to be about 10-12ft-lb. and torqued accordingly. if it leaks I can always tighten it more later. Ahhhhhhh.......
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Can you tell me if your wipers ever stopped in the up position? And where is the E Box? I was told the wipers are controlled by two relays ? does this sound correct to you?
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in the e-box there should be 3 relays right up top in the front, the wiper relay is the tallest of the 3. Double check the wire colors going into the relay to be sure you have the correct 1. The colors should be....* * brown/white* ** brown/blue* ** red/white black/brown** black/green** and 1 thats just solid brown.
Hope that helps.

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Thanks guys. I solved it. The relay I described is indeed the wiper relay. I confirmed it by simply removing it and trying to operate the wipers and they wouldn't move.

Bought a new relay at the local BMW dealer, under $15. Plugged it in. All is now well because my wipers now fully retract once again as they should!

Also - completed changing out my leaky power steering hoses today. It was a fairly straightforward job. Bentley manual left me out in the cold regarding torque of bolt on the block the connects hoses to radiator. Using sizing chart (it's an M8) I figured it to be about 10-12ft-lb. and torqued accordingly. if it leaks I can always tighten it more later. Ahhhhhhh.......
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Can you tell me if your wipers ever stopped in the up position? And where is the E Box? I was told the wipers are controlled by two relays ? does this sound correct to you?
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Mine have never stopped in the up position, they just sometimes would pop back up an inch or two before stopping when I turned them off. The relay swap fixed this.

I'll defer to DT to answer he other questions, which, BTW, were very recently asked on this forum (I think).
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