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Old 01-13-2009, 05:49 PM   #1
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Windshield Washer Indicator

Is it me, or does the windshield washer indicator not work? I was running low on washer fluid, to the point where my fluid was barley shooting anything out, and my low washer light never came on. It comes on briefly when I turn the car on, but that's about it. Maybe my sensor is damaged?
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:52 PM   #2
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Could be. Mine was one for about 3 weeks and I used it on a regular basis before it finally ran out. Take it in and have it checked
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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I didn't even know there was a low washer indicator! My went bone dry without any warning.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:10 PM   #4
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same here! i didn't even know i had one! =P
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:16 PM   #5
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mines on right now... maybe some area or location dont get them at all..
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:19 PM   #6
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I'll test mine and not keep toping it off.
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:23 PM   #7
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I don't think I have one either. Maybe it's a northern/cold weather thing?
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:30 PM   #8
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Mine works fine - but I have the Cold Weather Package. Maybe that's the secret?
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:57 PM   #9
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i think all canadian models have 'em....i have a bare bones yaris and i have an indicator
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:00 PM   #10
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In terms of the low washer fluid light behaviour:

My low washer fluid light will flicker for awhile (when the fluid level jostles above/below the warning threshold). At this point there's 0.5L (not sure what that translates to in Monopoly Money) of fluid left in the tank, so there's no need to panic. There's ample time to refill at your leisure.

Side note: I think I continued for a month once, after the low fluid warning. The front squirters stop spraying before the rear hatch one does...

barber is correct - I have a Canadian spec model too, and all come by default w/the so-called "Cold Weather Package".
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:03 PM   #11
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I think it's a cold weather package feature
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:21 AM   #12
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Mine works fine - but I have the Cold Weather Package. Maybe that's the secret?
When I get "the light" it annoys me just enough to re-fill the washer fluid. Once the light is on it takes one gallon to fill the tank.

I think it is a good idea for the light to equal 1 gallon. I hate to keep a partial gallon in the car or at home....... you always forget you have it.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:26 AM   #13
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thats weird that not all models have them, its a simple little sensor that doesn't cost an arm and a leg for Toyota. I'm glad i have mine i go through windshield washer fluid every 2 to 3 days.
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:02 AM   #14
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according to the technical manuals (for '07 model years anyway) only the cars with the cold weather package have them.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:32 AM   #15
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according to the technical manuals (for '07 model years anyway) only the cars with the cold weather package have them.
What a bizarre thing to not consider standard.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:48 AM   #16
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must be a cost saving thing

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Old 01-14-2009, 09:47 AM   #17
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With the "Cold Weather Pkg" you get a larger washer fluid tank with the sensor, this includes a heavier duty blower motor and starter I think-been awhile since I looked at my window sticker. Seems like it was $115 option.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:12 AM   #18
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What a bizarre thing to not consider standard.
Ya, just like the TRD rear sway, that can't cost them that much either!!
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