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      12-05-2014, 10:37 AM   #1
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Windshield wiper annoyance

Ok maybe I'm missing something, but it seems like my windshield wipers only go SUPER FAST or slow.

I have a 2014 28i X3 with several packages. My options seem to be:

1) Automatic wiping button - too slow and collects a lot of water on the windshield before wiping
2) Pressing the wiper handle UP once (not a hard UP) and getting too fast.

The scroll button on the wiping handle (which I think is supposed to control the speed?) is set to the lowest setting (all the way down) but I tested it this morning and moving the setting did not adjust the wipers at all.

Is it possible my scroll button just doesn't work and my wipers can only go fast?

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      12-05-2014, 10:56 AM   #2
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Ok maybe I'm missing something, but it seems like my windshield wipers only go SUPER FAST or slow. ... Is it possible my scroll button just doesn't work and my wipers can only go fast?
I've never had that problem on our 2011, 2012, or 2015 X3s, LeeAC, but if you've tried all of the settings with ample water hitting the windshield to trigger the wiper action (perhaps using a hose so that variable can be controlled), then perhaps a trip to your Service Center can identify the problem. Keep us posted if you can.
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      12-05-2014, 12:08 PM   #3
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I've always thought the wipers on automatic had a mind of their own. Sometimes for no apparent reason they would start swiping super fast and finally slow down but sometimes I had to take them off automatic and it sort of reset the wiper brains.
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      12-05-2014, 12:14 PM   #4
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Dodgy gel pack? (Part of the sensor behind the mirror - I had my windscreen replaced and the gel pack is not OEM so I found my wipers less sensitive as a result). You should still have 3 options - auto, slow and fast though.
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The scroll wheel on the stalk does not control speed, it controls the sensitivity of the rain sensor, downward is the most sensitive. One push up of the stalk will activate low speed, one more push is fast speed. Push the button on the side again and it goes back to rain sensing mode.
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      12-05-2014, 02:17 PM   #6
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The scroll wheel on the stalk does not control speed, it controls the sensitivity of the rain sensor, downward is the most sensitive. One push up of the stalk will activate low speed, one more push is fast speed. Push the button on the side again and it goes back to rain sensing mode.
Ah, ok. Thanks for the clarification. I think my "low speed" is still pretty fast. I think I'm just not used to it compared to my Honda which had a delay between wipes. the "low speed" is pretty much continuous wiping. I was hoping to have a setting with a 3-5 sec delay between wipes but I will just have to get used to it!
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Ah, ok. Thanks for the clarification. I think my "low speed" is still pretty fast. I think I'm just not used to it compared to my Honda which had a delay between wipes. the "low speed" is pretty much continuous wiping. I was hoping to have a setting with a 3-5 sec delay between wipes but I will just have to get used to it!
There is no intermittent function on the BMW wipers, my old Audi had choice between rain sensing wipers and intermittent wipers. The low speed wiper is speed sensitive, if you are on low speed and come to a stop, it will become intermittent.
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Ok maybe I'm missing something, but it seems like my windshield wipers only go SUPER FAST or slow.

I have a 2014 28i X3 with several packages. My options seem to be:

1) Automatic wiping button - too slow and collects a lot of water on the windshield before wiping
2) Pressing the wiper handle UP once (not a hard UP) and getting too fast.

The scroll button on the wiping handle (which I think is supposed to control the speed?) is set to the lowest setting (all the way down) but I tested it this morning and moving the setting did not adjust the wipers at all.

Is it possible my scroll button just doesn't work and my wipers can only go fast?

I'm pretty sure the scroll button is sensitivity for the auto wipers. If it's all the way down you pretty much won't be able to see before it wipes (i.e. not sensitive). I have mine all the way up (most sensitive) and it auto wipes when there's only a few drops of rain.
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      12-05-2014, 07:07 PM   #9
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You're absolutely right aedeau. That is how it is suppose to work.
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      12-06-2014, 05:37 PM   #10
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I'm pretty sure the scroll button is sensitivity for the auto wipers. If it's all the way down you pretty much won't be able to see before it wipes (i.e. not sensitive). I have mine all the way up (most sensitive) and it auto wipes when there's only a few drops of rain.

I tried to adjust this today (rain, lucky me) and it made no difference to sensitivity. Thanks for the input - I'm going to ask the service center to check mine next time i go in.
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Need to test mine, leave it in Auto and works fine.
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I tried to adjust this today (rain, lucky me) and it made no difference to sensitivity. Thanks for the input - I'm going to ask the service center to check mine next time i go in.
The sensitivity real do not change that much with the knob, but if I remember right, up is the most sensitive, please correct me if I am wrong.

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Never had a BMW before but use the Auto mode mostly. However I was surprised how slow position 2 was - I have an LCI. The stalks don't have clicky positions so I assume I press up twice to get fastest speed?

Also rear wiper only has intermittent wipe from what I can see? Also it seems that I have to turn on and off again to get the rear wiper functional again after turning car off even if left in on position.

Again might be not used to BMW's... so any advice appreciated.
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      12-08-2014, 08:09 PM   #14
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Rear wiper has intermittent wipe but when the car is in reverse gear it switches to continues wipe
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Rear wiper has intermittent wipe but when the car is in reverse gear it switches to continues wipe
Understood but it is a little annoying that if the wiper switch is rotated into on position and left there it doesn't automatically put the rear wiper on when you restart. You have to turn switch on and off to get working again... #firstworldproblem
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I can see bounderboy that you have LCI model of the X3 so I really am not sure how it works in your car. I've got 2011 and I have to push the leaver down to start the rear wiper and the leaver stays in that position but to tell you the truth I have never checked if it works after I shut the car off and start it again. I will check that later though.
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      12-16-2014, 03:56 PM   #17
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Rain Sensing Wipers are a Joke!

It is actually quite comical how bad the rain sensing wipers are on my BMW X3. Any modern car company would be embarassed to provide a feature that works this badly. Intermittant wipers are obviously the way to go today, since therain sensing ones don't work, period
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      12-16-2014, 07:34 PM   #18
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Has worked well for me.
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