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Windshield wiper fluid broken?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by plasmo, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. plasmo

    plasmo Member

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    I'm in Chicago, and it's cold. I haven't really used the windshield wiper fluid until recently, and after pushing in the button (both light and deep), nothing happens other than move the windshield wipers across the dash.

    I checked the fluid and topped it off, which was almost full.

    Does anyone know if the wiper fluid channel gets frozen easily, or is this broken? Initially I thought it might be frozen, but I'm in a garage, and temperatures are not at freezing levels, so i'm thinking that something else is not working correctly.

    Anyone have any tips or have similar issues? I don't want to make a service appointment if possible since the last time I did so, it took 2 months to finally get in.
     
  2. alex454

    alex454 Member

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    FWIW, I am taking my X in on Thursday for the second time related to the Washer Pump not working. I don't live where is regularly below freezing and I keep my X in the garage. I post the outcome after Thursday.
     
  3. vandacca

    vandacca ReActive Member

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    Fluid comes out in 3-4 streams from the wiper blades. I've heard of issues where the hose is not connected properly and simply needs to be re-connected.

    Not a big fan of the 3-4 streams. I prefer the nozzles spraying onto the windscreen, since it does a better job of distributing fluid than the 3-4 streams.
     
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  4. anthony

    anthony Member

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    I'm in NH where it is cold(er?), never had a problem with frozen washer lines, I have added a bottle of anti freeze additive one year, but didn't the other 2 winters we've seen.

    I just had my washer pump replaced.
     
  5. Vizir

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    mine had a similar issue. SC fixed it, said the lines were twisted and stopping the flow.
     
  6. Stasla

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    On mine the fluid only comes out the passenger side wiper. Should it come out of both?
     
  7. Vizir

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  8. Stasla

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    Thanks! On the list it goes (for my next service visit) 1 side's been ok, not great, but manageable.
     
  9. plasmo

    plasmo Member

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    Went to SC today and got my water pump fixed on the spot. Just walked in without appointment.
    Fixed in 5 min. It was something simple obviously (wife brought the car and she didn't ask what was wrong)
     
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  10. TLej

    TLej Little-Known Member

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    @vandacca I believe I read in one of the Alberta owners threads that it is just the subzero nozzles that jet, the non-heated nozzles apparently spray in more of a fan. Don't know anyone without subzero to test that claim though.
     

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