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Re: Windshield Washer Fluid fluid light won't go out.

I've been using the rain-x stuff since I bought my jeep and the light just came on in January. I figured I would deal with the problem when it got warmer since it didn't seem to affect anything. It was at or below zero when the light first came on. Now a few seconds to a few minutes into every drive the light comes on.

How long is something like this covered under the new vehicle warranty? I wonder if I can clean the sensor instead of replacing it?
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I've been using the rain-x stuff since I bought my jeep and the light just came on in January. I figured I would deal with the problem when it got warmer since it didn't seem to affect anything. It was at or below zero when the light first came on. Now a few seconds to a few minutes into every drive the light comes on.

How long is something like this covered under the new vehicle warranty? I wonder if I can clean the sensor instead of replacing it?
No need to replace the sensor. Replace the fluid.
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Re: Windshield Washer Fluid fluid light won't go out.

can't figure this thing out. 70 degrees other day, sensor stayed off for the first time in 2 months......didn't flush fluid, still rain-x
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can't figure this thing out. 70 degrees other day, sensor stayed off for the first time in 2 months......didn't flush fluid, still rain-x
Temp may affect the rain-x fluid's conductivity.
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Re: Windshield Washer Fluid fluid light won't go out.

so what fluid should i replace it with?? i put in distilled water usually
it seemed to happen when i ran it completely dry.... i have run it low before but not dry. light stayed on when it was run completely dry only ...
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Re: Windshield Washer Fluid fluid light won't go out.

SUBJECT: TECH-TIPS # 14-012 – WINDSHIELD WASHER LIGHT ON AND/OR WASHER LIGHT
WILL NOT GO OUT AFTER ADDING WASHER SOLVENT
Vehicles that use a continuity “electrode” style washer level sensor designed to work with most alcohol
based washer solvents. We have received information that some rain repellant solvents may not register
properly. The rain repellant washer solvents have been found to coat the sensor electrodes with a
residue that will not allow fluid conductivity between the two switch electrodes when they are immersed in
the washer fluid. Some of the rain repellant washer solvents can be any colour, not just orange.
If the customer’s complaint matches the above subject, verify the washer solvent condition and colour. If
the solvent appears contaminated or its condition is unknown, it may be necessary to drain the reservoir,
remove and clean the washer level sensor electrodes with an alcohol based solvent.
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Re: Windshield Washer Fluid fluid light won't go out.

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SUBJECT: TECH-TIPS # 14-012 – WINDSHIELD WASHER LIGHT ON AND/OR WASHER LIGHT
WILL NOT GO OUT AFTER ADDING WASHER SOLVENT
Vehicles that use a continuity “electrode” style washer level sensor designed to work with most alcohol
based washer solvents. We have received information that some rain repellant solvents may not register
properly. The rain repellant washer solvents have been found to coat the sensor electrodes with a
residue that will not allow fluid conductivity between the two switch electrodes when they are immersed in
the washer fluid. Some of the rain repellant washer solvents can be any colour, not just orange.
If the customer’s complaint matches the above subject, verify the washer solvent condition and colour. If
the solvent appears contaminated or its condition is unknown, it may be necessary to drain the reservoir,
remove and clean the washer level sensor electrodes with an alcohol based solvent.
Thanks for the post. BTW, where did you lift that from? Didn't see it in the online "bible", Wk2jeeps Dot Com.
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Re: Windshield Washer Fluid fluid light won't go out.

I had the same issue, using the orange colored Rain X, I emptied the reservoir (pumped out all the Rain X). Replaced it with regular blue water you from any has station, and nothing changed, light still came on. Waited until it was all finished completely (a guessing game with the light coming on intermittently). Decided to try something different, PreStone BugWash (Windshield Washer Fluids | Prestone®), and that was it. Light went off... I guess something must have finally cleaned off the sensors again.

Not sure if I'll go back to RainX fluid after this though, since I liked the water beading I'm looking at glass treatments instead of just the fluid.
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Re: Windshield Washer Fluid fluid light won't go out.

Glad I found this thread!

Has anyone tried increasing the alcohol content of the Rain-X (with something like salt water) to see if that facilitates the electrical connection required to make that f**king light go out?

I am going to give this a shot this afternoon. I'll report back.

If that doesn't work, I'm thinking about draining the tank and dumping in some 91% isopropyl to see if that cleans the contacts.
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Re: Windshield Washer Fluid fluid light won't go out.

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Has anyone tried increasing the alcohol content of the Rain-X (with something like salt water) to see if that facilitates the electrical connection required to make that f**king light go out?

I am going to give this a shot this afternoon. I'll report back.

If that doesn't work, I'm thinking about draining the tank and dumping in some 91% isopropyl to see if that cleans the contacts.
So I've found a workaround...

I drained the windshield wiper fluid reservoir by holding down the paddle 6 or 7 times. I then dumped 1L of white vinegar (really conductive!) into the reservoir; the warning light went off and stayed off.

I let the sensor marinate in the vinegar for around 1 hour -- my thought was this would help clean any residue off the contacts since vinegar is mildly acidic -- then filled the reservoir with regular windshield washer fluid.

For the time being, all is good! No lights and a full reservoir of windshield washer fluid.

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Re: Windshield Washer Fluid fluid light won't go out.

I always thought the rain x left a haze as the wiper wiped on my window anyways. Never liked it.
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Re: Windshield Washer Fluid fluid light won't go out.

SOLUTION: Pop out the sensor and wipe off the two metal Pins and put it back and your done.

I think the issue is the Rain X fluid. I ran mine empty in a snow storm, the light came on and when I refilled it, it stayed on. I think what is happening is the rainx is causing a film to build up on the two metal electrodes on the sensor. it is fine if you always keep it topped up, but once you run it low enough when the light comes on and oxygen hits the electrodes, i am guessing it oxides and leaves a film on the electrodes that interferes sensor from reading. So I pulled the front driver side fender liner just from the front and popped out the sensor by simply prying it out with a screwdriver gently, no need for excess force. I wiped off the electrodes with a paper towel and a layer of brown was visible on the paper towel. I then simply pushed it back into the reservoir bottle, and filled it up and my light has been off since. Hope that helps

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