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#1281 of 5378 WEIRD WINDSHIELD PROBLEM BMW M3 1997
Sep 26, 2004 (12:03 pm)
I hope anyone can help me. I have had this problem for over 7 months now. When is raining and I start my windshield wipers they run wel for about 1-3 minutes then then suddendly stop, most time ins the middle of the windshiel further obstructing view while driving.
I have been in pretty dangerous drives with terrible rain and could not see the highway or road I was driving in. The only way to make them start is getting off the road and turning engine off. But once they start again, then they stop. My mechanic tried replacing the windshield motor but the problem continues. I have never heard of something like this. My mechanic kept the car for over 2 days running the windshield while pouring water over it and he said they never stopped. Anyone out there can help? Mabel
#1282 of 5378 Re: WEIRD WINDSHIELD PROBLEM BMW M3 1997 [mabel]
Sep 26, 2004 (2:03 pm)
It sounds like a loose ground wire. I had the same experience and found that the ground wire on the wiper switch was loose and it created an intermittent total loss of all wiper action. I had to remove the steering wheel to get to it and tightening the terminal screw correct the problem.
#1283 of 5378 Loose ground wire sounds right
Sep 27, 2004 (7:42 am)
and something that won't likely show up while a car is sitting still. The action of turning, driving over uneven surfaces, acceleration, and braking can cause that.
#1284 of 5378 Re: Interior Door Moldings [jrs321]
Sep 29, 2004 (3:08 am)
I had the same problem with my 2000 . Go to Pep Boys or any parts store and get a two part clear epoxy. Follow the instructions on the tube . I used clear packing tape to hold the weather-strip on until the epoxy set up. Yes you could buy weather-strip adhesive, but the way the molding is made it would just not hold.
#1285 of 5378 Brake noise
Oct 07, 2004 (9:12 am)
I have a 2002 325i that has decided to make a metallic "scritchy" noise when braking. The brakes have lasted 49K and have about 10% left on them. The service manager says to just drive it until the brake service light comes on - if I can live with the noise. There has to be something wrong to make noise! Any ideas?
Oct 07, 2004 (9:33 am)
I have a 96 BMW 328i with 56 K on it. Recently, the dash board signs check engine, ABS and Ast lit up. While check engine stays all the time, ABS and Ast appear together and are on and off not constant. Can some body tell me what is the problem and how costly will be the fix?
#1287 of 5378 tango2
Oct 07, 2004 (10:07 am)
I would check the alternator output and perform a load test on the battery. The problems that you describe are often caused by low operating voltage.
#1288 of 5378 headlight sensor?
Oct 07, 2004 (6:52 pm)
recently, the headlight sensor (indicator on the dash that shows the outline of the car, doors ajar, etc. also shows a little headlamp) has come on... but then went off after a minute.
Any ideas what it could be? It's done this inconsistently 2 or 3 times now and the dealer can't duplicate it.
#1289 of 5378 Re: Brake noise [genee]
Oct 07, 2004 (7:10 pm)
One brake pad on my 1999 328i (exactly the same brakes as on your 2002 325i) did not wear square and scored one of my rotors (and I suspect your "scritchy" noise is telling you the same). By that I mean the lining material at the bottom of the pad was worn all of the way down to the metal backing while the top of the pad still had an easy 1/8" of lining. As it turned out, the pad that didn't wear square was on the right front (if memory serves) and the sensor is on the front left (once again, if memory serves), hence the fact that I never saw the brake service light (at least not until the very day that I bought new pads and rotors).
Given that you've gotten 49K out of your brakes, they don't owe you a dime. Get new rotors and pads and swap those suckers out.
#1290 of 5378 HEADLIGHT CONDENSATION
Oct 07, 2004 (7:33 pm)
Has anyone experienced having condensation inside their bimmer's headlight covers? I noticed my new 330i's Xenon headlight had condensation on the inside cover. This occurred at night when I turned my headlights on. The temperature was only 55 degrees outside. Is this normal?