From digest.v4.n565 Wed May 8 22:29:18 1996
From: Andrew West <andreww at lna.oz.au>
Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 13:04:24 +1000
Subject: E30 Wiper/Switch Problem
In digest V4-560 Jay Snyder asked:
>The windshield wipers in my '89 325i are giving me intermittant trouble.
>Sometimes they work fine, other times, when I put them on the fastest
setting, >the don't work at all, but when I come back to the low setting,
they work, and >then I can go to fast and they'll work. Other times, they
function in delay >mode in all three (delay, low, and fast) settings.
I have had similar intermittence in my indicator/high beam switch. It seems
due to muck accumulating in the switch. Remove the steering wheel, lower
half of the steering column clamshell cover, and spray WD40 or similar
through the switch which is now exposed. Operate the switch through all
positions to clear out the muck. This clears things up for me for a few
years. This problem seems to be worse in damp weather.
This may be only a band-aid, but it saves disassembling the switch to
really clean it out mechanically (I am not even sure that the switch
can be disassembled and reassembled). Of course: If you have the right
kind of rain, just use Rain-X and ignore the wipers (grins and prepares
for the onslaught of virulent, vitriolic and vituperative anti-Rain-X
Andrew West, '83 E30 318i, BMW Club Queensland
Date: Wed Dec 21 13:32:43 2005
Subject: Dana Wendt
Comments: If one can find the old tuner cleaner used on televisions with dial channel selectors, it will clean the contacts in the switch and work much better than WD40. My dad repairs old televisions as a hobby, and I would use his cleaner for such repairs. (Unfortunately, he now suffers from dementia, and I can't ask him what sort of electronic connection cleaner should be used now.) Would suggest one contact a local electronics shop and ask them what to use for electronic contact cleaner.
Date: Sun Apr 23 21:59:29 2006
Subject: Derek Daugherty
Comments: I have a 1985 318i coupe my windshield whipers disconnected from the ball joint I found out that I had to go inside the dash take the arm off and put a new gromet in the motor arm, but I haven't had a chance to do so yet, so I duck taped it together for the time being untill I have time to take out my dash.
If anybody has any suggestions around taking the dashboard please email me
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