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Old 08-06-2012, 06:03 PM
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Windshield washer fluid leak

Anyone have a DIY how to access the fluid resivour, Im not sure where its leaking from, all I can see if the refill point.

Any help is appreciated.
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are you sure there is a leak in the washer reservior? it could be just an overfilled of fluid. i took my X5 for service a couple of weeks ago, started leaking around the front wheel arch near the front bumper, turned out to be a washer fluid and not coolant.

spoke to the BMW mechanic, apparently they've overfilled the washer fluid and there is an overflow hole for any excess fluid.

cracked windshield washer reserviors aren't very common!
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Yeah, it leaks out of the bottom as you describe. Also when I put fluid back in, it will work for about a day and a half on a 1.5L bottle then the fluid level low signal comes on again and nothing.

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Old 08-12-2012, 05:20 PM
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Anyone else have any ideas?
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Have to remove the passenger side fender liner to get to the washer tank. You'll then need new rivets to replace the liner once you fix the reservoir.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:18 AM
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So its a cheap repair... OMG do they make anything easy to work on....? I love my BMW's but sometimes, they just make it complicated for the sake of it!
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Just started today...

Haven't added any WW fluid for 6+ months, so can't be the overflow...

Just noticed a small puddle under the rear of the right front wheel well.
Thought it was an odd place for water from the AC, so checked and it's washer fluid...

Called my Indie in Indy, and they said this is not that uncommon with BMWs in general, and it's a pretty simple fix, after you get in there to it. Usually a grommet or maybe a hose that has a slight leak.

Will update after I get the service done next week.
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I have found over the years that the most common cause of washer fluid leaks are the pumps, not the reservoir, hoses, or pump grommets. Solution is to replace the pump(s). Not always the case, but something to consider. But, you have to get to the tank for a visual inspections and hopefully the (leak) cause will be obvious.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:06 PM
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You were right... Davidf

There are 3 pumps in the WF Tank (Headlights, Rear Glass, Windshield) and the Windshield pump was leaking (probably from never being used, as I never use any of them unless it's winter.
In fact, I have my HL cleaners disabled via some coding.

Anyway, after removing the fender and the running board, as well as the splash shield, they were able to replace the leaking pump and replaced all of the grommets/seals while they were in there.

Final bill was $670 at my Indie in Indy, $480 was labor...

What are you gonna do?
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Holy crap! $670???

Just got this 2009 X5 Sport, and it all leaked out over the last day and a half. I've had the car for a week. Obviously either a crack or bad grommet. I'm going to pick up some new rivets, and a Pittsburgh rivet gun, then pull that wheel well cover and find out what simple issue it is. Did it plenty of times on my E39's, I suspect they didn't make this E70 system that much more complicated. Hose is cheap, aftermarket. I use braided fuel line to replace washer fluid hoses where I can, and flexible rubber hose rather than the plastic hose under the hood connecting to the nozzles.
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