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Thread: RLS (Rain Sensor/Auto Headlight) Retrofit DIY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dual View Post
    Many thanks for this! I guess I have to find the right person around here (Maine if anyone's reading).
    For what, exactly? Don't you have a facelift coupe?

    All facelift coupes have RLS.

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    Yes indeedy: please see five posts up ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dual View Post
    Yes indeedy: please see five posts up ^^
    Ah, missed that post.
    What brand of glass did you get? Some aftermarket glass messes with our rain sensing windshields for some reason, and I don't think there is a fix for that particular issue other than replacing it with quality glass. If you have a BMW branded replacement, or a quality aftermarket replacement, maybe that calibration would for you...

    We can give it a try if you want, though Maine is a hefty drive from me (6+ hours). We'd have to plan the trip right to make it a one day affair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    Ah, missed that post.
    What brand of glass did you get? Some aftermarket glass messes with our rain sensing windshields for some reason, and I don't think there is a fix for that particular issue other than replacing it with quality glass. If you have a BMW branded replacement, or a quality aftermarket replacement, maybe that calibration would for you...

    We can give it a try if you want, though Maine is a hefty drive from me (6+ hours). We'd have to plan the trip right to make it a one day affair.
    Wouldn't it be easier to have him buy a cable for around ~$20-40 and just help him remotely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by terraphantm View Post
    Wouldn't it be easier to have him buy a cable for around ~$20-40 and just help him remotely?
    Work smarter not harder. Maybe BP wants to drive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by terraphantm View Post
    Wouldn't it be easier to have him buy a cable for around ~$20-40 and just help him remotely?
    I'd rather drive - really don't like doing remote support.

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    Bumping an old thread for the sake of spreading knowledge...

    After a terrible experience having my windshield replaced, they broke my 4 pin rain sensor connector in half.



    This connector is pretty common on our E46 and newer model BMW's. I went to the junkyard and harvested a bunch of them off other E46 and E90/92 chassis's. Newer BMW's are a slightly updated design and seem to be stronger. Both fit the same and will work.

    This connector and it's pins are made by AMP/Tyco/TE Connectivity.

    Now the pins...

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    For most wiring 20-24AWG here is your part number, 928999-1 . This is the correct size I needed to do my 4 pin Rain sensor connector and works for most other connectors on the car. They are available in other AWG sizes as well.

    I ordered from Digi-Key for 18 cents a piece.

    These are the same style connectors offered by BimmerNav for roughly $1 a piece.

    The plug/connector opens up easy enough from the sides, you should be able to tell how it hinges open. Use a pick or your finger nail.. Then using a pick tool from the top press down on the pin while pulling the wire out. It will initially unlock and pull back, then you press it a second time to release for good and come out of the connector.

    So, If you ever snap a connector and are OCD like me, here's your solution for a factory fix.

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    Glad you figured that out/good for us to have the info.
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