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Pelican Technical Article:

Wiper Blade Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$60

Talent:

***

Tools:

13mm socket, ruler or square

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i xDrive Sedan (2009-10)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i xDrive Sedan/Wagon (2009-10)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)
BMW M5 Sedan (2006-10)

Parts Required:

Wiper blades

Hot Tip:

Use paint or crayon to mark location of wiper arm adjustment before moving

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty wiper blades

Complementary Modification:

Replace wiper motor

The windshield wiper motor in a permanent magnet electric motor that runs the windshield wipers via a linkage (transmission). The motor speed is controlled via a stalk with input from the driver through a control module. The motor drives linkages that are connected to pivot that turn the wiper arms to clear the windshield. On BMW E60 models, the linkage runs multiple pivots to add stiffness to the wiper drive, and the wiper arm angle can be adjusted at these pivots.

Replace your wiper blades if they are chattering or streaking, and always use a good quality blade. If new blades do not resolve wiping or noise issues, your wiper arms or wiper blade angle may require adjustment.

This article will cover replacing the windshield wiper blades and adjusting the wiper arms on BMW E60 models. The wiper blades are serviced easily and the wiper arms can be adjusted in a short amount of time.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Wiper blade replacing: 
Wiper blade replacing: Press the wiper blade tab down (green arrow) to release the wiper from the wiper arm.
Figure 1

Wiper blade replacing: Press the wiper blade tab down (green arrow) to release the wiper from the wiper arm. Slide the wiper blade away from the wiper arm to remove it.

Wiper blade replacing: To install a new wiper blade, feed the tab on the wiper blade (green arrow) into the wiper arm.
Figure 2

Wiper blade replacing: To install a new wiper blade, feed the tab on the wiper blade (green arrow) into the wiper arm. Then move the tab (red arrow) over the top of the wiper arm and snap it onto the arm.

Left wiper blade adjusting: 
Left wiper blade adjusting: The angle of the wiper blades can be adjusted to maintain proper clearing.
Figure 3

Left wiper blade adjusting: The angle of the wiper blades can be adjusted to maintain proper clearing. Disconnect the negative battery cable. See our tech article on battery replacing and reconnecting notes. Before adjusting the angle, confirm the position is correct. Measure from the wiper arm (red arrows) to the top of the wiper cowl (green arrows). The right side should be about 3.5 inches, while the left side should be about 2.7 inches.

Left wiper blade adjusting: Working at the left side wiper arm pivot, remove the plastic cover by pulling it away from the arm toward the left and then straight up.
Figure 4

Left wiper blade adjusting: Working at the left side wiper arm pivot, remove the plastic cover by pulling it away from the arm toward the left and then straight up.

Left wiper blade adjusting: I like to mark the position of the wiper arm using a paint marker.
Figure 5

Left wiper blade adjusting: I like to mark the position of the wiper arm using a paint marker. This allows me to go back to the original position if needed. Once you mark the arm and washer, loosen the 16mm pivot nut (green arrow). Then tighten finger-tight.

Left wiper blade adjusting: Slide the wiper arm up or down to adjust the blade angle to the windshield (yellow arrows).
Figure 6

Left wiper blade adjusting: Slide the wiper arm up or down to adjust the blade angle to the windshield (yellow arrows). The specification is 86 degrees. If you can't measure that accurately, use a straight edge and aim for 90 degrees. Once you reach the desired angle, tighten the nut on the wiper arm. Then recheck the angle once tight.

Right wiper blade adjusting: 
Right wiper blade adjusting: Working at the right side wiper arm, remove the plastic cover by pulling it away from the arm toward the left and then straight up (green arrow).
Figure 7

Right wiper blade adjusting: Working at the right side wiper arm, remove the plastic cover by pulling it away from the arm toward the left and then straight up (green arrow).

Right wiper blade adjusting: I like to mark the position of the wiper arm using a paint marker.
Figure 8

Right wiper blade adjusting: I like to mark the position of the wiper arm using a paint marker. This allows me to go back to the original position if needed. Once you mark the arm and washer, loosen the 13mm pivot nut (green arrow), then tighten finger-tight. Slide the wiper arm up or down to adjust the blade angle to the windshield (yellow arrows). The specification is 86 degrees. If you can't measure that accurately, use a straight edge and aim for 90 degrees. Once you reach desired angle, tighten the nut on wiper arm, and then recheck the angle once tight.




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Comments and Suggestions:
Ortho 72 Comments: 3.5 and 2.7 inches will take the wiper blades to the middle of the windscreen in resting position. Cm rather than inches seems to be correct.
November 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The info is correct.

Stated by BMW, 69mm (2.7 in) 87mm (3.4 in) - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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