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Nero Taylor

320i Touring Tailgate Issues

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Good morning,

On Saturday I purchased my first E46, a 2002 BMW 320i.

I have found that the rear heated screen, rear wiper, rear tailgate open button all do not operate. I believe the wiper is completely seized as I have tried spraying WD40 all around the point itgoes through the glass and it will not budge. Is this a common issue on the Tourings?

 

Thanks for any help! Very much appreciated.

Nero

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Hi Nero,

Have patience with the rear wiper & wd you will get there as i did with mine. Sprayed it morning & night for 4 days until the weekend.eventually i slowly worked it free. Be careful not to hit it as you can break the glass! Sand the stem with wet n dry more lube/wd40 etc elbow grease. The other stuff...fuses/connections before actuators etc.

Good luck mate.

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Hi Mick,

 

Thank you for replying, appreciated. It seems that this forum has dried up over the coming past years, unfortunately..

I opened my tailgate the other day and saw that the wiring loom going into the tailgate has a few wires split and all of them are exposed and electrical insulation tape around the tired and cracked plastic wiring loom surround. This would most likely explain why the tailgate release switch, heated rear screen, rear wiper will not work.

 

Thanks,

Nero

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Hi Nero,

Yep it has or is drying up as the cars get older & owners move on.Its a shame but the threads on here will help you out with most stuff.

 How you getting on now with the wiper arm?? If i remember correctly i made it move say 10mm at a time backwards/forwards until it would revolve all the way but it took a long time to get the bugga out & clean the pivot shaft with wet n dry. I did this 5 years ago now so i make sure i use it regularly & the odd drop of WD or 3in1 must help. 

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