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windshield washers not working

Discussion in 'Model S' started by richardfallows, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. richardfallows

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    Anyone else have this problem
    I sure am having my share of
    problems
     
  2. scottm

    scottm Active Member

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    First, be sure you are pushing the button on the left stalk. Pressing the right stalk button is park... for newbies this happens.

    Did you top up with water and weather change to freezing? Your washer lines are frozen.

    Is ice blocking your jets? The wiper system in the car has very little clearance.

    Tips: there is a wiper service mode to park wipers mid screen. Clear your ice.

    Open the frunk, and you have access to all the ice.

    Do not try to lift wiper arms up more than an inch from the screen.
     
  3. richardfallows

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    Well I stopped at a gas station and looked then I went to the car wash not frozen everything looks normal just very little pressure.
    And they were never that good in the first place squirter always just barely got to the windshield even when it was zero out
     
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    scottm Active Member

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    Could be a pinched line, if all jets are weak.

    If just one or two, they could be misaligned or clogged (dirt). Use a pin to clear them.
     
  5. mibaro2

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    Normally the windshield washer spray should go pretty far up the windshield. I haven't had any problems even with the cold weather we have had this past week.
    If the windshield washer container is full and ScottM suggestions don't work, I'ld call the SC to get it fixed.
     
  6. megawhizz

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    Make sure you are pressing the button in all the way (2 stops) - the first stop just activates the wipers, second stop is to activate jets. Are you hearing the pump's whirring sound?
     
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  7. richardfallows

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    Thanks I will have to call them tomorrow
     
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    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Be sure to use the best anti-freeze you can lay your hands on. Remember, there's no ICE up front to keep things warm. I was using -45 degree stuff and when it's really cold it comes out kind of thick and doesn't spray as far. I now use some -49 degree stuff that is quite a bit better.
     
  9. Karma

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    I did the same thing the week I got my Tesla, and promptly felt like an idiot. Short press for wiper sweep. Full press for washer fluid. You won't break it by pressing in further until you feel the "click"
     
  10. bcase24

    bcase24 New Member

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    Karma, thanks for your post. Saved me a call!
     
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