BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: Wiper system

General information

Do not use the wipers if the windshield is dry, as this may damage the wiper blades or cause them to become worn more quickly.

Safety information


If the wipers start moving in the folded away state, body parts can be jammed or damage may occur to parts of the vehicle. There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Make sure that the vehicle is switched off when the wipers are in the folded away state and the wipers are folded in when switching on.


If the wipers are frozen to the windshield, the wiper blades can be torn off and the wiper motor can overheat when switching on. There is a risk of damage to property. Defrost the windshield prior to switching the wipers on.

Switching on

Switching on

Press the lever up until the desired position is reached.

  • Resting position of the wipers, position 0.
  • Rain sensor, position 1.
  • Normal wiper speed, position 2.
  • Fast wiper speed, position 3.

When travel is interrupted with the wiper system switched on: when travel continues, the wipers resume at their previous speed.

Switching off and brief wipe

Switching off and brief wipe

Press the lever down.

  • Switching off: press the lever down until it reaches its standard position.
  • Brief wipe: press the lever down from the standard position

The lever automatically returns to its initial position when released.

Rain sensor


The rain sensor automatically controls the time between wipes depending on the intensity of the rainfall.

General information

The sensor is located on the windshield, directly in front of the interior mirror.

Safety information


If the rain sensor is activated, the wipers can accidentally start moving in vehicle washes.

There is a risk of damage to property. Deactivate the rain sensor in vehicle washes.



Press the lever up once from its standard position, arrow 1.

Wiping is started.

The LED in the wiper lever is illuminated.

In frosty conditions, wiper operation may not start.


Press the lever back into the standard position.

Adjusting the rain sensor sensitivity

Adjusting the rain sensor sensitivity

Turn the thumbwheel to adjust the sensitivity of the rain sensor.

Upward: high rain sensor sensitivity.

Downward: low rain sensor sensitivity.


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