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How to activate the headlight washers on 2014

I have searched and found conflicting information on how to activate the headlight washers on a 2014 WK2 GC.

Some say it activates every 5th washing. If so, what constitutes a washing?

I have also read that it will only activate if the head lights are on and you hold the windshield washer. Seems like a waste of washer fluid to me.

In any case, I have tried turning the headlights on and holding the washer for 10 seconds or more. The only thing I have seem is a really wet windshield and spray all over the place, except on the headlamps.

The washers are in the index of the CD owner's manual, but not mentioned at all on the page listed in the index.

So, can someone please bring this mystery to light for me?
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Re: How to activate the headlight washers on 2014

From what I remember, when the headlights are on, the washer comes on with every 3rd windshield wash. I guess they figured if the lights are dirty so is the windshield.
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Re: How to activate the headlight washers on 2014

I researched this last week when I discovered I actually had them fitted on my 2012 Overland ( I thought the bumper covers were blanks!!!) Nobody tells you anything at the dealer when you buy one!!! Anyway here's how they work:-
1 Turn Ignition ON
2 Turn Headlights ON
3 MOMENTARILY Press In on the knob at the end of the multi function stalk on the steering column. (Its the same knob as the Windscreen washers but you are only MOMENTARILY pressing it , NOT holding it down as for Washers)
4 . Every 12 th Press of this knob activates the Headlight Washers. (May be different count on the 2014 model some people are mentioning 4th Press)
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Re: How to activate the headlight washers on 2014

These are the instructions. If you push the washer in towards the steering wheel for more than a second it will spray the headlights. Just tried it myself and it works.

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so does it also make the windshield washer to work or it will only activate the headlights?
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Re: How to activate the headlight washers on 2014

Nope, it sprays both. I turned the car on, turned the lights on and stood outside the door with the window, pressed it and they worked.
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Re: How to activate the headlight washers on 2014

Well, unless you have a Summit or SRT you don't have headlight washers, at least if you are in the US. In other markets the headlight washers are standard, but not here unfortunately. That is one option I will really miss in the winter on our new Overland. I am looking into retrofitting it. It looks like it will take a new reservoir ($140), pump ($90), relay ($12), nozzle assemblies ($??), plumbing, wiring for pump, and likely a programming change in the TIPM which I am guessing would be the biggest stumbling block.
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Well, unless you have a Summit or SRT you don't have headlight washers, at least if you are in the US. In other markets the headlight washers are standard, but not here.
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Yeah, nothing like being the newbie who doesn't look at post dates. Actually I am trying to find if anyone has retrofit the headlight washers and got here on a google search. Wasn't paying attention....

Sooo, now that this is fresh again, and winter is just around the corner, does anyone have a good solution to retrofitting the headlight washer system on a '14 Overland? Hmmm, maybe I should start a new thread.
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Yeah, nothing like being the newbie who doesn't look at post dates. Actually I am trying to find if anyone has retrofit the headlight washers and got here on a google search. Wasn't paying attention....

Sooo, now that this is fresh again, and winter is just around the corner, does anyone have a good solution to retrofitting the headlight washer system on a '14 Overland? Hmmm, maybe I should start a new thread.
It's been discussed. The general consensus was that it couldn't be done. Everyone was pissed that Jeep delivered the Overland's with the door/black panel that made it look like it had washers, but was a blank.

At the very least, you would have to change the headlights, as the washer mechanism comes as an integral part of the light assembly.

But, maybe you will be the one to figure out how to do it.


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Re: How to activate the headlight washers on 2014

Thanks for bringing me up to speed. Yes, I can be added to the list of people that think it is stupid to have offer HID lights without headlight washers, at least in areas where you get snow. There is nothing like going over Berthoud Pass late at night in a snowstorm and having to pull over to clean your headlights because you can't see anything because the headlights are covered with snow/ice/salt/MgCl. BTDT in my Jimmy and it isn't fun. On the other hand I have an Audi A6 with factory HIDs and headlight washers. It would be awful without them as the HIDs don't put out enough heat to melt the snow and ice. Sure, it goes through a LOT of washer fluid, but I can live with that.
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