BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Wiper system

General information

Do not use the wipers if the windshield is dry, as this may damage the wiper blades or cause them to become worn more quickly.

Safety information

Warning If the wipers start moving in the folded away state, body parts can be jammed or damage may occur to parts of the vehicle. There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Make sure that the vehicle is switched off when the wipers are in the folded away state and the wipers are folded in when switching on.

NOTICE If the wipers are frozen to the windshield, the wiper blades can be torn off and the wiper motor can overheat when switching on. There is a risk of damage to property. Defrost the windshield prior to switching the wipers on.

Switching on

Driving

Press the lever up until the desired position is reached.

  • Resting position of the wipers, position 0.
  • Rain sensor, position 1.
  • Normal wiper speed, position 2.
  • Fast wiper speed, position 3.

When travel is interrupted with the wiper system switched on: when travel continues, the wipers resume at their previous speed.

Switching off and brief wipe

Driving

Press the lever down.

  • Switching off: press the lever down until it reaches its standard position.
  • Brief wipe: press the lever down from the standard position.

    The lever automatically returns to its initial position when released.

Rain sensor

Concept

The rain sensor automatically controls the time between wipes depending on the intensity of the rainfall.

General information

The sensor is located on the windshield, directly in front of the interior mirror.

Safety information

NOTICE If the rain sensor is activated, the wipers can accidentally start moving in vehicle washes.

There is a risk of damage to property. Deactivate the rain sensor in vehicle washes.

Activating

Driving

Press the lever up once from its standard position, arrow 1.

Wiping is started.

The LED in the wiper lever is illuminated.

In frosty conditions, wiper operation may not start.

Deactivating

Press the lever back into the standard position.

Adjusting the rain sensor sensitivity

Driving

Turn the thumbwheel to adjust the sensitivity of the rain sensor.

Upward: high rain sensor sensitivity.

Downward: low rain sensor sensitivity.

Windshield washer system

Safety information

Warning The washer fluid can freeze onto the window at low temperatures and obstruct the view. There is a risk of accident. Only use the washer systems, if the washer fluid cannot freeze. Use washer fluid with antifreeze, if needed.

NOTICE When the washer fluid reservoir is empty, the wash pump cannot work as intended. There is a risk of damage to property. Do not use the washer system when the washer fluid reservoir is empty.

Cleaning the windshield

Driving

Pull the lever.

The washer fluid is sprayed onto the windshield directly in front of the wiper blade when the wiper moves upward.

Fold-away position of the wipers

Concept

The fold-away position enables the wipers to be folded away from the windshield.

General information

Important, for instance when changing the wiper blades or for folding away under frosty conditions.

Safety information

Warning If the wipers start moving in the folded away state, body parts can be jammed or damage may occur to parts of the vehicle. There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Make sure that the vehicle is switched off when the wipers are in the folded away state and the wipers are folded in when switching on.

NOTICE If the wipers are frozen to the windshield, the wiper blades can be torn off and the wiper motor can overheat when switching on. There is a risk of damage to property. Defrost the windshield prior to switching the wipers on.

Folding away the wipers

1. Switch on standby state.

2. Press and hold the wiper lever down, until the wipers stop in a close to vertical position.

Driving

3. Fold the wipers all the way away from the windshield.

Driving

Folding down the wipers

After the wipers are folded back down, the wiper system must be reactivated.

1. Fold the wipers back down onto the windshield.

2. Switch on standby state and press and hold the wiper lever down again.

3. Wipers return to their resting position and are ready again for operation.

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