Occasionally when I turn on my windshield wipers, they start to move up the windshield about six inches and then stop. If I pull on them in the forward direction, they start working. Other times when I turn them on they work fine. Obviousley something has gone or is going bad. I'm generally a DIY person, if I know first how to troubleshoot the problem. Might this be the motor, a relay, or is there a circut board somewhere? The fuse is fine.
Windshield wiper problem on 2001 BMW X5
by kendkel in Olympia, WA on April 30, 2011
ANSWER by ZeeTech on April 30, 2011
Sounds like the motor is going bad. You may be able to check by hooking up a fused direct circuit to the motor - it will eliminate the rest of the circuit - and test the motor. It could be also tested with a lab scope and a low AMP probe, but it's not something that most DIY person has. The motor is part of the transmission assembly and it sold as a unit. Here is some info, just in case: Front Transmission BMW Part#: 61617111535 MSRP: $347.97 Note: Includes Front Motor. Zee