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    Hi Bimmers, need to pick a brain. As in the title I own a 97 E36 323i SE (325i engine, Auto) and I have permanent wiper blades, will not turn off unless I pull the fuse.

    I have changed/Replaced the Steering control stork, the wiper motor & linkage, the wiper/washer module behind the glovebox.

    Is there anything else I can change that may be the fault before I put it down to wiring loom.
     
     

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    Are they locked on a particular function (normal, fast etc) and can you still change speed to intermittent/fast etc while it's like this.
     
     

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    the blades have only 2 speeds, normal or fast wipe. no intermittent or stop. Is this pointing at something particular
     
     

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    Not sure if there is one in the E36, but sounds like a stuck relay to me.
     
     

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    Thats one of the big problems, no-one can seem to tell or show me where there is a relay for the wipers.
    the only point i have found is the module behind the glovebox.
    if you know of any other relay please let me know
     
     

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    There is a setup shown on the wiring diagrams for 1995 models in Canada where the wipers are controlled by relays but it's either relays or wiper module, not both. You say you have changed the module already. The wiring diagrams are always for US cars so it never surprises me when somethings are a bit different.
    Where relays are used they are shown as being on a splice panel under LH side of dash (that's for LHD).

    Where it's the module that's fitted, the switch wires run straight to the module and switches an earth for each function. As you have already replaced the switch, I would unplug the switch and see if that affects whether they still run. If they do, then you may have one of the wires shorting to earth somewhere. It's trial and error as you've already replaced most parts.
     
     

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    Thanx for posting, trial and error it is.
    I have had a poke around over the last few days and to a degree i now have wipers.
    The normal mode works when driving as does the fast. The only problem i have now is the intermittent or the raining sensor as in both cases the blades stop half-way up the screen instead of returning to bed.
    With out stripping all the screen venting out again would this just be the linkage connected wrong?
     
     

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    bump!!
     
     

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    Hi, i have a similar problem with my 1999 E46 318. I removed the wiper relay and it was burnt out! so got a new one and fitted. I still have intermittent wipers as soon as i switch my ignition on!!

    Now i have done some research and some people say its the control unit behind the glovebox, wiper stalk or the wiper motor its self!

    Can anyone help please??
     
     

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    Well i finally figured out my problem. It was the wiper stalk its self! thank goodness, £10 secondhand part from VRS (VAUDI RECYCLING SOLUTIONS) Northampton! Cheers Will. FIXED!!
     
     

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