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My next problem on my 2010 R57 is the fluid level indicator for the windscreen washer is always on, I thought the reservoir was empty but when I went to top it up it was already full!

Any ideas on how to resolve this, is it just a matter of pulling the sensor from the reservoir and cleaning it? or is the sensor inside the pump somewhere?
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The sensor is in the bottom on the washer bottle, accessed behind the left front wheel arch liner.
You just pull the sensor straight out of the container, after disconnecting the wiring plug, obviously catch all the water in a container, and theres a sealing grommet which should be undamaged and coated with an anti seize compound before replacing and then the unit pushed back into place.
Looks like some sort of reed/float valve, could well be stuck and need a clean.
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Thanks I'll give that a go in the morning. Hopefully its just blocked and not faulty!
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Pulled out the float this afternoon and it looks like the floating part of the float is missing, pulled the reservoir out thinking it's in the bottom of the bottle but no sign of it.

Called BMW spares and one is on order for a mere $70

What it looks like


What it should look like
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About replacing the sensor

Replacing the sensor for the new one worked for your warning issue?
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Yep with the new one the problem has been fixed
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I'm having the same problem, how did you end up accessing the sensor? and where is it on the washer fluid reservoir?
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I'm having the same problem, how did you end up accessing the sensor? and where is it on the washer fluid reservoir?
Removing the reservoir is a bit fiddly, you have to access it via the wheel arch, this involves removing the plastic cover in the wheel arch, there are a few screws that hold the reservoir to the car and then it's a puzzle game to twist the reservoir around to get it to come out.

Although I think you can just unscrew it and move it enough to get the sensor out. (I removed it from my car because at the time I didn't know how it was causing the warning light the problem)
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