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    Windshield Cowl Trim Replacement - tool?

    Is a special tool needed to replace this part? DIYs on the internet that I've seen say no, but I recall there being a special tool (perhaps to get the wipers off)? It's a sedan, if that makes a difference.

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    No special tools.

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    Wiper tool is the only one that you may need. I had to borrow it for mine because even little gear pullers couldn't get it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZHPizza View Post
    Wiper tool is the only one that you may need. I had to borrow it for mine because even little gear pullers couldn't get it off.
    You don't even need a wiper tool. Just put the wipers into their service position (as though you're changing the wiper blades) and they should come right off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    You don't even need a wiper tool. Just put the wipers into their service position (as though you're changing the wiper blades) and they should come right off.
    Lmao yeah I totally didn't think of that crazy idea

    Sometimes shit gets real real stuck. That's when BMW makes a special tool. I didn't think it was necessary either, but nothing else could break that little bastard free.

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    I used my longest flat blade screwdriver as a prybar to get them off our 2000 328i. Was going to give up but didn't let it happen! You'll need a fulcrum, of course.
    I thought Autozone or Advance Auto would have the wiper puller for rent since they had them on the shelf, but it didn't work that way.
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    Mark where the wipers were with blue tape on the windows so you know where to put them back.

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    I got mine off without a tool, but it was a real bitch—so much so that I bought the wiper pulling tool after the fact for the next time (they’re cheap).
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    What the hell, was mine the only car on which they came right off without much effort?

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    mine wasn't hard to come off. you just wiggle it back and forth until it comes off. wiggle it..hehe lol

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