Washer fluid light

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by mrtn, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. mrtn

    mrtn Active Member

    Does anyone know if there's a low washer fluid indicator? I ran out if washer fluid today but never had any warning light turn on...

    Want to know if I'm off to the dealer.
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  3. dmondi12

    dmondi12 Active Member

    Ive never heard of there being such an indicator. Especially because running out of washer fluid wont do any damage or anything, and you just know you're out when there is nothing coming out of the nozzle washers. I may be wrong but i highly doubt there is a warning light. I've also never seen one on any car.
  4. mrtn

    mrtn Active Member

    I've had a light on every car that I've owned since 1991 that's 5 cars.

    But I just called the dealer and they told me it doesn't have one.
  5. dmondi12

    dmondi12 Active Member

    Oh really thats interesting. Yeah i only have owned two other cars, both of which didn't have one.
  6. moshaholic2

    moshaholic2 Active Member

    Probably one of my very limited complaints about this car. No washer fluid light. You have push button start, auto lights, auto rear wiper when in reverse, heated seats & mirrors etc etc...... But no washer fluid light? Thats been a feature in most cars since the 80's.
  7. aborbs87

    aborbs87 Active Member

    Lol I also ran out of washer fluid on my commute to school today. I believe I read the FoST has a light for it. I usually keep a little bit for emergency situations but forgot, it can be a scary situation.

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  8. mrtn

    mrtn Active Member

    Yea my friend has a regular focus and has one. But another friend of mine has an escape and they don't have one. Very odd of Ford...
  9. Sil3nt611

    Sil3nt611 Active Member

    Emergency situations? For washer fluid? Well, ok... Welcome to the economy car segment. I've never had a car with a low washer fluid light. In the rare event that I run out I'll throw some more in next time I think about it. Never has been a real big deal. If you're that concerned about it just do regular fluid checks. I don't know how big the reservoir is on the Fiesta, but the one in my car lasts me about 6 months or so unless I top it off sooner. Most of that time I see it getting low and top it off before it runs out. Just keep up with checking it as you would the rest of the fluids and the tire pressure.
  10. peoples1234

    peoples1234 Member

    While I don't think running out of fluid is and emergency, it is a pain when you are in the middle of washing your windshield and run out of fluid. Or worse, when you hit the button and nothing comes out because your wipers smear whatever you were trying to get off all over the windshield (i.e. salt, shit, or otherwise). A light would be nice, but now that I know I don't have one, I will keep a better eye on the fluid level.
  11. mrtn

    mrtn Active Member

    Depends where you live. Here we have snow and messy roads for 4-5 months of the year so washer fluid is used regularly. And my 1991 honda civic, 2005 Toyota echo and 2012 Kia rio had a washer light so it's not an economy car thing.

    Wasn't aware it didn't have one so now I will keep a bottle of fluid in the trunk during the winter months.
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  12. aborbs87

    aborbs87 Active Member

    There are a couple that can't read, or comprehend apparently because I was not complaining about the light at all. I simply said I carry extra wiper fluid for an emergency, which when I'm driving on the highway and my visibility is near next to none it's pretty dangerous.

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  13. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Never gave any though to a light for wiper fluid .. But yes have been there where you hit the button after a truck or something passes you and costs the windshield with slime and grime . Nothing worse than driving blind ... Got so bad a few times I had to pull up into the car ahead of me just to get enough wash to wipe the screen clean then back off quick with a pit stop at the next gas station for fluid !! Thanks for the reminder I better grab a jug of washer fluid ..
  14. Zormecteon

    Zormecteon Active Member

    If/when you DO run out, don't keep trying. In most newer cars use the fluid as a coolant for the pump, just like the fuel pump does. So if you keep trying and trying, the pump overheats and burns up.
  15. eRic

    eRic Active Member

    I check my washer fluid level during refueling stops along with the oil level.
  16. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    Like most of you, it's not a big deal for me not having a light -- but I have to admit I didn't know that! Here in SoCal, I'm in the six month club. A minor annoyance for me at most.

    I think every single car I've owned has had a light. Maybe my first Ford Escort did not?

    Anyhow, for all of the DIY people here, this is an easy fix. This would be less work than rigging a shift light. If it we're me, I'd buy a new OEM fluid reservoir and drill/seal this unit with an OEM or Hella sensor.

    Google shows AutoHausAz.com has a bunch, here's a random sample:


    Maybe just have a simple red LED, placed discretely, or have it fire off your bright shift light! :)

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