You English guys and your quaint language: "valve". I presume you mean
switch. The answer is no; it comes on (at least in my E34 and E46) with
the ignition switch just like the exterior rear-view mirror heaters.
You Floyd guys and your lack of language knowledge: "valve" - he means
an electrically operated VALVE - such as a device to open or close the
flow of water through the washer nozzles. d'uh.
Sounds like a perfectly logical and well constructed question to me -
I'd have to guess your reading comprehension isn't all that high.
My strange use of the language comes from the fact that I live in a
non-English-speaking country, San Francisco. BTW, I talked to a parts guy
at a dealership and the part is called a heated valve, so I think I answered
my own question.
Actually, the most common use of valve that I know of - as an
electrical engineer - is the term for a vacuum tube. Remember them?
And if you remember the *CONTEXT*, the OP is talking "electrical"
thingies, not water flow, so up yours.
I remember reading a few years ago that some Brit police force was
equipping itself with Skodas. It was asked if they were the 16 valve
versions, and some wag responded, "yes, 8 in the engine, and 8 in the
Thank you, and good night.
Really? There is no water flow through the electrically heated
windshield washer nozzles? Hmmm... imagine that.
Well, actually, there *is* none through his. That was his originbal
complaint. But there is supposed to be.
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