|Pros:||More Chrome (always a good thing)|
|Cons:||Loose “Heated” Option|
|Cost:||$59 from www.zchrome.com|
BMW makes two different windshield washer sprayers for the Z3, a regular version and heated version. If your BMW Z3 has heated seats then it also has heated side mirrors and heated windshield washer sprayers. www.ZChrome.com sells a chrome version of the regular BMW windshield washer sprayers. My Z3 came with the heated version but the two versions are interchangeable so I decided to add an additional touch of chrome to my Z3. I don’t live in an area where it gets cold enough to freeze windshield washer fluid so loosing the heated option didn’t concern me.
Two make the swap you will need two of ZChrome’s chrome windshield washer sprayers, about an hour of time, a phillips head screw driver and a roll of electric tape. If your Z3 does not have the heated washer sprayers then you will not need the electrical tape.
Open the hood of your Z3 and notice the two areas on the hood pad that have preformed square bulges. Behind these bulges are the back sides of the windshield washer sprayers. To get to this area you will need to at least partially remove the hood pad. To do this you will need to use the phillips head screw driver. Along the edge of the hood pad you will find phillips head screws in plastic clips. Remove whatever screws you need to so you can work comfortably behind the pad.
The phillips screws go into these plastic clips. You do not need to completely remove the phillips screws from the clips. Just loosen the screw enough so the entire clip can be removed from the hood.
The hood has holes in in that these plastic clips snap into. The screw spreads out the legs out and hold the clip and the pad to the hood.
The heated washer sprayers have two connections, one for washer fluid another for power to heat the windshield washer sprayer.
Non-heated washer sprayers just have the washer sprayer connection.
Remove the washer fluid hose first. Then unclip the gray portion of the power connection from the black part of the connection.
To remove the wiring clip from the hood rotate the mount counter clockwise a quarter turn and it can be pulled straight out.
The washer sprayer snaps into place. The connection is tight and will require some effort to remove. Pinch the top side while pulling up on the unit. At the same time tilt the lower so it pushes through to the other side. The unit will be removed from the top side of the hood once we work it loose from the bottom. Be careful not to use to much pressure so you don’t dent the hood.
Once the unit is loose you can pull the entire washer sprayer out from the top (outside) of the hood.
The www.ZChrome.com replacement part slides in from the top.
Push the side opposite the washer sprayers down and towards the front of the car.
It will take some pressure to snap the front (washer sprayer) side down into place. Be Careful, this area of the hood can be dented if you push down to hard. If you are having trouble use more forward and less down pressure.
Hook the washer fluid hose up to the new chrome non-heated washer sprayer.
Make sure the connection is tight. BMW’s washer sprayer system uses more pressure than you would expect.
Those who started out with heated washer sprayers will need to make a decision as to what to do with the remaining power connection.
I choose to use electrical tape to wrap the connection and secure it to the washer fluid hose.
There is actually one remaining step, you will most likely need to adjust the tiny hose nozzles inside the windshield washer sprayers. The first time I used them four stream of washer fluid shot over the car without even touching the windshield. I used nail with a fine tip inserted into the hole of the washer sprayer nozzle to adjust the aiming. The washer sprayers will pivot under pressure so through trial and error you can re-aim the nozzle sprayers if yours need adjustment.