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Old 11-16-2012, 09:06 AM   #171
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Originally Posted by Merrigan View Post
...That being said. A new or pretty new car should work right. If it's something as simple as the indicator isn't working correctly bring it to the dealership and tell them to fix the damn thing. Simple as that...
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Of course. This is the first car I have ever had to have this indicator, never even heard of a car with one before. It really is no big deal, but like you said- It is a NEW car and ALL the features it has should work and work correctly. No matter how "small" or "insiginifcant" they may be.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:27 AM   #172
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If you have followed the thread from the beginning ...

Agreed it's a minor thing, but it should work, there is a TSB saying it sometimes doesn't work and how to fix it. That all is well and good.

The issue I have with this thread (and the other multiple issues with the car) is that we have members taking cars to the dealer for issues with a known TSB and being told either "Your particular car doesn't have that feature", or "Your car is supposed to stutter and grind and clunk like that".

It's taken 18 pages to verify that all Focuses are SUPPOSED to have this indicator and what the indication should look like when it appears.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:03 AM   #173
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Went to the dealer today for an oil change & tire rotation. While there they did the windshield wiper fluid TSB and updated my MFT with the new TSB related to that.

As for the windshield wiper fluid TSB, I will have to wait until I am out again to see if I get the warning message, since they refilled it for me.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:13 AM   #174
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I ran out of fluid and no light, so I'll head up the dealership soon and have them reflash the computer. Thanks for this thread.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:47 PM   #175
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So the real question is why are these cars going out with all these issues? If something breaks then fix it, however if its broken to begin with then that's the real problem.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:17 AM   #176
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I had the TSB done a few weeks ago, apparently they did not verify even though the washer bottle was empty when I took it in, the indicator still does not work.

I have a 2013 escape ti and it does not show when low either.

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Old 01-04-2013, 01:53 PM   #177
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Originally Posted by hotleadsingerguy View Post
Yes, it's incorrect. I've run out, as well.

And I'm glad someone else noticed that the only people thinking it's not a big deal are people that it doesn't really affect. For those of us that live in areas where salt on a road is a necessity during the winter...this is downright dangerous. Getting onto the highway before finding out you have no windshield wiper fluid is a *big* deal. I usually carry a small reservoir in my trunk during the winter, but only because I realized the warning light doesn't work.

For people living in non-salty areas...imagine driving down the road and someone throwing white paint all over your windshield. Then realizing you have no way to wipe it off...and you're still traveling at 70mph with traffic all around. Now come back to this thread and think before posting.
Yup... having no fluid in winter can be deadly. Its not uncommon in my area to use an entire bottle of fluid going to and from your destination.

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I agree with everyone about this possible issue and it should work as advertised. However regardless of the warning light or not, you are supposed to check the fluid levels on a regular basis. I was born and raised in Toronto, the standard practice is to fill up the washer fluid either weekly or monthly, depending on use. Waiting for a warning light is not good driving IMO.
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I had my dealer fix this a few months ago, I wish I knew what they had to do exactly to fix it. It does now work, albeit with not much room for error. The light comes on you got 5 or 6 more clearings of the winshield and your out. Aswell when the indicator only comes on when you start the car, not so informative when you use your remote starter, and only come out the the car once the notification is long gone. Sadly without a permanent indicator, it can still leave you in a hairy situation. Best bet is to top up before a long trip, and YES I live in Canada where there is salt on the roads 5 months of the year so I do feel your pain of it not working, I was there.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:32 PM   #180
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I let my washer fluid run low just to see what happens and I received the low fluid warning. But normally I am under the hood every 2 weeks or so just checking stuff out and would normally fill it before it got that low. This is when I check the air in the tires also.
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