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Windshield washer fluid warning or sensor

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?

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Never had a car with a low fluid warning. I just top mine off every couple of weeks so I never go low, tank holds an entire gallon. Can use the washer fluid at least 50 times before you run it empty with that much capacity.

My dealer tops mine off when they change the oil, not sure if they all do this.
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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?
My 2008 Tahoe has a warning. I'd be very surprised if a 2015 doesn't have the same warning....
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My 1997 Ford Contour had a washer fluid low light. It worked for several years, I replaced the sensor once but second time I found a piece of black electrical tape placed strategically on the dash was more cost effective.

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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?
you might want to check for a leak/crack it shouldn't just "run out". I would think you would have noticed the spurts gradually reducing in volume as it got lower, it shouldn't have been abrupt.

I too have never run out in 7 years but maybe the new ones only hold a very small amount.

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My 2004 luxury-free Dakota has a warning light and also will chime once after truck is started.
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Never had a car with a low fluid warning. I just top mine off every couple of weeks so I never go low, tank holds an entire gallon. Can use the washer fluid at least 50 times before you run it empty with that much capacity.

My dealer tops mine off when they change the oil, not sure if they all do this.
Usually that is the case, even if you don't go in for service, I think some might even top up fluids for you if you ask the car jockeys as sometimes they are the ones doing them, great if you're passing by.
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There is not a low washer fluid light listed on the GMC app.
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Half the time I think they top the fluid off with fluid that gives no protection in cold weather, maybe just water. I prefer to top that off my self.

I know a lot of newer vehicles have a 1 gallon capacity so that you can pour a full gallon jug into the tank and not have to keep a jug hanging around.

I never let it get low enough for a warning to come on, so it is not something I would know or care about.

Nothing in the electrical schematics suggests that their is a level alarm, nor in the owner's manual.

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you might want to check for a leak/crack it shouldn't just "run out". I would think you would have noticed the spurts gradually reducing in volume as it got lower, it shouldn't have been abrupt.

I too have never run out in 7 years but maybe the new ones only hold a very small amount.

There's no leak or crack. I have have an hour drive to and from work in the snow/slush so I use it a lot. It started spurting on my drive to work today, but I still have the drive home and now have no fluid. Had I known it was low I would have topped it off before leaving home.

My 2006 Pontiac Torrent had a low washer fluid level indicator so I assumed this vehicle would warn me when it was low as well. I guess I'll have to pop the hood every couple of weeks in the winter to check on it. That's a miss by Chevy/GMC in my opinion.
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I have to admit, I'm with the OP, there should be an indicator for something that can be so quickly consumed. If I see the indicator come on during my drive, I can at least pull over to a gas station on my way to fill up the fluid instead of being on a highway with no warning during bad conditions. Every other vehicle I've owned has had this feature. Looking at the lit indicators on my truck it doesn't appear to be one for it. Unless it's one I can't see... (I can see indicator spaces for things I don't have like lane departure, etc) but I don't see a blank for washer fluid. Bummer... Maybe they can add it to the DIC? Please excuse the dust, haven't had time to clean 'er up lately!



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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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I haven't had a vehicle without a warning indicator for years....but it seems the Colorado/Canyon doesn't.....another oversight by GM, right along with a 4 wheel drive indicator (that's visible from the driving position).
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Of my last eight vehicles, none have had that "feature". One more thing to break, IMO. I certainly wouldn't want them to raise the selling price of these trucks another $25 to have it.
Maybe someone at GM should be fired for not including that feature!!!

Seriously, just check it now and then. If it's that critical to you, keep a jug in under the back seat in case of emergency.
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I think you are wrong...that's MY opinion.....it's an internet forum where people are sharing ideas....that's what it's for! You think it's trivial don't read it....

Is a washer fluid warning required? No but it would be nice and for the cost of a sensor (probably <$1) why shouldn't it be included? When you start approaching $35K and up on a vehicle people expect some things...

Ok, my rant over...
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Has anyone else noticed how trivial the complaints are getting???

You can get a vehicle with all of those things like leather heated seats remote start laser headlights self leveling super stereo monster engine etc. etc. etc. Just don't look for it at a price point the average person can afford. Why did you decide you needed a truck? Why do you think a truck should have the same features as a Bentley? Why do you complain that the price is over 30k but it doesn't have _____. Why not just buy a Bentley and remove the trunk lid- Voila! Just what you're looking for. Problem solved, you can thank me now.

Okay, rant over.

O.P., this wasn't aimed at you, you were just asking a question and looking for a helpful response. I was reacting to the large number of posts in various threads from people I considered were out of touch with reality.
I agree to a point... I haven't read all of the complaints, so I can't say what's a fair complaint and what isn't. But come on people -- it's a truck, and a pretty **** good truck at that. Are there a few things that GM could've included, at least as options at the higher price points? Sure. There are probably a few things that are on the FS trucks that they didn't include here that are head scratchers. But they're so minor I can't even think of one right now and they never bother me when I'm actually driving the truck. (Except for a heated steering wheel - really just kidding, but my wife's SUV has that and the SLT Sierra I drove had it, too. I would've used the **** out of that this winter!!!)

This windshield fluid warning thing, though, I'm pretty sure there isn't a warning. I know I've had warning lights or messages on some prior vehicles, so whether it should or shouldn't be on these new vehicles - I don't know. It's something easy to include, but to me, it's part of owning a truck - I still check the tire pressure with a tire gauge, not some app on my phone. (Ok, maybe I did use the DIC to check it once, too.) I like to have a regular maintenance schedule with my vehicles (even the ones with windshield washer fluid monitors or whatever they're called), so this is just one extra thing to look at when I do my regular checks.
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I think you are wrong...that's MY opinion.....it's an internet forum where people are sharing ideas....that's what it's for! You think it's trivial don't read it....

Is a washer fluid warning required? No but it would be nice and for the cost of a sensor (probably <$1) why shouldn't it be included? When you start approaching $35K and up on a vehicle people expect some things...

Ok, my rant over...

Well...it certainly costs more than $1 for a sensor, plus the wiring, plugs, and lamp on the dash.

Maybe in the north this is a bigger issue than it is down here in Texas but I've never needed a warning lamp. It either sprays fluid or it doesn't. If it doesn't, I add more.
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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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Simple solution is to look in the owners manual. It identifies everything regarding the warning system. If the book does not indicate your vehicle has a low fluid level warning then I guess "problem" solved.
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