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Now we are complaining about a low washer fluid light? Wow, not sure I have ever even been in a vehicle that has had that. People these days sure want EVERYTHING and if it isn't included it goes on the unsatisfactory survey am I right?

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That's a pretty big leap there Tyler. I personally have had this in the last three NEW vehicles that I've owned from two different manufacturers, and would also have been surprised if I suddenly ran out on a snowy crappy day. Not everyone lives in a warm climate.... Jeesh...
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Every once in a while the shop will 'add to fluid' during my oil change.

I have to ask myself a question.....I wonder why because I don't remember using it. I don't remember the last time I purchased a gallon of fluid. I personally have very limited reasons for use. It is either dry, or raining. Unlike when I lived in the east and required it all the time. Back in the 90's though, I always had a partial jug and a full jug and I'd check it routinely during the winter - because I knew I was going through it.

For those who use it often understand it will run out and usually keep it with them.
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Rest easy my children, when the US Government requires a washer warning then ye shall have them standard, not a model year sooner,..... meanwhile should you find your tank empty, do what all the old geezers on here remember doing, before windshield washers, Dad would order us out of the car and we would scoop up slush, snow, what have you with our bare hands and throw it onto the windshields for a quick clean, and we liked it! Every half mile......... Things like this make you check without relying on warning bells, lights, buzzers, dingers, monitors or whatever.

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Rest easy my children, when the US Government requires a washer warning then ye shall have them standard, not a model year sooner,..... meanwhile should you find your tank empty, do what all the old geezers on here remember doing, before windshield washers, Dad would order us out of the car and we would scoop up slush, snow, what have you with our bare hands and throw it onto the windshields for a quick clean, and we liked it! Every half mile......... Things like this make you check without relying on warning bells, lights, buzzers, dingers, monitors or whatever.
Fortunately my 'dad warning' never worked when I was a kid. but when I was old enough to drive, I do remember wiping snow on my glass to clean it.
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I never even considered a warning for washer fluid as something that existed.
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Just saw a couple: BMW, SUBARU,, I'm sure there's more..

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Rest easy my children, when the US Government requires a washer warning then ye shall have them standard, not a model year sooner,..... meanwhile should you find your tank empty, do what all the old geezers on here remember doing, before windshield washers, Dad would order us out of the car and we would scoop up slush, snow, what have you with our bare hands and throw it onto the windshields for a quick clean, and we liked it! Every half mile......... Things like this make you check without relying on warning bells, lights, buzzers, dingers, monitors or whatever.
My awakening was when I was in college. The washer fluid froze solid in the tank.
Being in college, on rare occasions we had *ahem* alcohol available. Took some left over Don Q 151 rum and poured it into the tank. Thawed it out well and the windshield smelled nice for a while afterward.
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Just a side note here, my wife's 2013 CHEVY Traverse has a low fluid warning. My previous 2006 Pontiac Torrent had it as well. They are hardly luxury vehicles. I'll get over not having a low fluid warning and still love my Canyon, but there's really no reason for the feature not to be included since it's something that comes standard with other vehicles made by Chevy and GMC. That being said I'm all filled up again and ready for another trek through the Ohio snow and salt so life goes on.
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post #29 of 113 (permalink) Old 02-15-2015, 12:48 PM
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All vehicles should really have this indicator light. Having multiple drivers using the same vehicle, you never know how much fluid is in the resevoir and being -40 Celsius today in Canada doesn't make for a pleasant situation if you need to pull over while stuck in traffic on the highway. I think many drivers and truck owners can relate to this frustration and scratch their heads when something so simple goes a such a long way... Rant over... :).
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I have drained mine twice. No light. I have never had a vehicle that did have one so it wasn't a concern to me. However, now that it has been pointed out I'm pissed!
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I was checking fluids on my new Colorado Z-71 and noticed my washer tank was almost empty. Never used it at the time. I added over a gallon to top it off. Either GM or the dealer never bothered to check. There are no leaks!
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I think it wouldn't have been that big a deal for GM to add a light to the dash. Jeeze...C'mon My 98 Dakota HAS a low fluid light AND a 4WD indicator light on the gauge pack and it's a 17 year old design. C'Mon Gm
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I think it wouldn't have been that big a deal for GM to add a light to the dash. Jeeze...C'mon My 98 Dakota HAS a low fluid light AND a 4WD indicator light on the gauge pack and it's a 17 year old design. C'Mon Gm
I am not a programmer, but once you have added a Driver Information Center (DIC) to the instrument panel, seems like adding some type of warnings for anything is pretty easy. It doesn't require a new light on the instrument panel, just a little programming.

I would suggest that some type of notification that you were in 4WD would be much higher on my priority list than the low level windshield washer solution, and my truck is just 2WD.

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Funny, living in Seattle for the last 8 years I have never refilled the washer fluid on any of my, or the wife's vehicles. I am guessing that it rains enough here that I don't find myself needing to clean the windshield. Anyway I guess a warning signal would help but really just fill it once in awhile. Maybe every time you have the oil changed.
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I've never had a car with this feature either, even fancier cars like Infiniti/Lexus.

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I've opened my hood three or four times just to check on the fluid level since I got the truck back at the end of December.
Living in the northern tier of states I know I'm going to use the fluid a lot as the salt melts the snow which is thrown onto my windshield by cars ahead and the ones passing by in the opposite direction.
It can be done in a minute or two even in the temps we've been having.
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My 2009 Chevy Crew cab LT had one and the 2003 GMC 1500 Z-71 stepside had one as well. Don't bother me but I would like to know why they stopped putting them in??

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I just popped hood yesterday on my truck and checked a few things out. I was surprised to find my fluid was a little low, put over 1/2 gallon of washer fluid in it. I have used some fluid, but I haven't ran the spray all that much.

I am wondering if it was delivered fairly low, or if the spray system in these trucks provides a much higher spray volume than we normally see on other vehicles. Will keep an eye on it and see after this ice storm we have forecasted this week.

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I just popped hood yesterday on my truck and checked a few things out. I was surprised to find my fluid was a little low, put over 1/2 gallon of washer fluid in it. I have used some fluid, but I haven't ran the spray all that much.

I am wondering if it was delivered fairly low, or if the spray system in these trucks provides a much higher spray volume than we normally see on other vehicles. Will keep an eye on it and see after this ice storm we have forecasted this week.
Wonder if some bean counter decided to save fifty cents per vehicle and only half fill the tank at the factory. While it wouldn't make a new customer happy it's got to be only a minor annoyance for most. And how many would give their satisfaction survey a hit for it?
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Does anybody know if there is supposed to be a "low" warning for windshield washer fluid? I ran out today and never noticed any kind of warning. Most vehicles have that now days, not the twins?
most vehicles dont. check the owners manual.

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