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Unread 01-31-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
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No low fluid warning

Not sure why jeep would skip this simple little feature on a vehicle. Atleast on my 2011 Patriot it has no warning light or a message showing its low on washer fluid. On the way to work I ran out of washing fluid with no warning. Good thing I keep extra washing fluid in my car.

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Unread 02-01-2012, 04:17 AM   #2
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From a manufacturing standpoint, it may not be so simple. Also, I have driven many types autos in my life - and in recent years - both domestic and foreign in the course of my work, and have discovered that not that many actually have that feature. Such a "warning" is considered a "convienence feature" and not safety related item so cost cutters choose to not include it. May not make sense to some but, when you're talking about a $50+ addition (think: light, wiring, sensor unit, integration into fuse box, assembly labor, etc.) on potentially tens of or hundreds of thousands of vehicles built, the cost cutters often hold sway.
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Unread 02-01-2012, 08:06 AM   #3
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From a manufacturing standpoint, it may not be so simple.
hej i had a jeep cherokee from'95 and he had a warning system...so it is not so difficult for jeep to build it in...thats my opinion.
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Unread 02-01-2012, 10:33 AM   #4
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When you lift the hood on our Patriot the washer fluid reservoir is in plain view like many vehicles. On our 99 Cherokee the reservoir is completely hidden and the only way to tell how much fluid it has is to fill it until it runs over the top!
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Unread 02-01-2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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Ive owned many different vehicles and this is the only one that doesn't offer that feature. My moms pos kia she leases has that feature. It shouldn't matter if you can see the reservoir or not that should be a standard feature. I never open my hood unless I need to put in washer fluid. Only way to tell is either you run out driving or you have to keep opening the hood to check.
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Unread 02-01-2012, 07:23 PM   #6
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My wife's 2006 GC doesn't have one. Maybe it means you should actually check under the hood more often.
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I've owned 15 cars, trucks, minivans and my one Jeep since my first vehicle in 1987. Fords, Chevys, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Isuzu, Plymouth, and lots of Dodges. Years varied from 1976, 82, 86, 87, 88, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94, 98, 99, 04, 05 & 07. None of them had low washer fluid warning except a '92 Chevy Silverado. Go figure...
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Unread 02-03-2012, 09:04 AM   #8
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My wife's 2006 GC doesn't have one. Maybe it means you should actually check under the hood more often.
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Unread 02-05-2012, 05:34 AM   #9
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I have a 2011 Patriot and discovered this myself just recently. I was very surprised to see it did not have this simple common sense feature that the cheapest of economy vehicles have? I actually thought the fluid had frozen as I ran out right at the time a major cold snap hit. I haven't owned a vehicle unless it was older than the early 80's that did not have this feature.
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Unread 02-05-2012, 07:15 AM   #10
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In their defense...that's one more electrical item that could break. Not to mention add cost to the vehicle.
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Unread 02-05-2012, 07:38 AM   #11
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Probably the same reason my 07 doesn't have an underhood light or lock switch on the passenger door or heated mirrors.
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Unread 02-05-2012, 05:35 PM   #12
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Probably the same reason my 07 doesn't have an underhood light or lock switch on the passenger door or heated mirrors.
Yeah I don't even have ABS,ESP,power seats,heated mirrors,leather seats,or heated seats.All of which are not needed anyways.


I do have a low washer sensor but it's been bypassed never to work since my washer tank only holds 1qt now so when it stops squirting I add some,not hard to do.
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Unread 02-05-2012, 05:57 PM   #13
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I don't consider them needed just minor annoyances my DD right now is a 92 Dakota so I'm for sure not used to comforts.

The heated mirrors which were on the build sheet never appeared on any US 07 Patriots but managed to be available overseas
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Unread 02-06-2012, 02:18 PM   #14
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My last vehicle, well, I had to manually crank the windows up and down...so no sympathy here. I would recommend, once a month, pop the hood and check all levels.
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