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#1 ChrisH

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:32 PM

56 plate focus zetec climate....

I was under the impression that this model had a low washer fluid warning system. its never seemed to work, and I am not sure its even fitted... Have run out of fluid on a few occasions, quite inconveniently, and I wondered...


1.. How to tell if its even fitted.
2.. if it is, where is it, and what could be wrong.

I have trawled the haynes manual, but there appears to be no fuse for this, and even been onto the Ford Etis site, and looked up my exact car specs, and although it does not say it has this system, it dosnt say it hasny either, as this site appears to tell you what options are not fitted as well

If it isnt fitted, is there an aftermarket fit available for this??

Thanks for any help

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 09:36 PM

Hi,

I have a zetec climate too, albeit a 57 plate and mine doesn't have this feature either. How they expect you to check the fluid level I don't know. It can be annoying when driving in adverse weather and finding that there is no washer fluid left. Maybe Ford can activate it on the ecu alternatively just keep topping it up every week.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 09:41 PM

Had 2 Focus and i've never encoutered it so under impression it doesnt come with this feature

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:17 AM

No, mine doesn't have that either.
Can be a pain at times.
I always make sure I'm carrying a bottle of ready mixed just in case.


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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:07 AM

My 55 plate Mk2 Zetec Climate does have this feature, yet the Missus' 59 plate Zetec doesn't.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:21 AM

i have a 2010 Zetec Focus and it doesn't have the feature neither, but i have been looking in the haynes manual for the focus 2005-2010 and the wiring loom is their for the washer fluid warning sensor, so its strange no one has the feature,

the only ''solution'' (parden the pun) i can think of is to fit the new Mk3 focus Mist type jets to the car because they use a mist instead of squirting water and the mist type will save you on fluid.
see my guide in the list below for fitting theses, they cost less than £5 from Ford B)

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:49 PM

I had it on my 55 Zetec TDCI - quite upset I dont have it on the new car, but it was definately there on the Zetec, I never physically ran out, as I was able to respond to the dashboards advisory...

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:59 PM

cant comment ive always topped mine up weekly in winter and monthly in summer so its never ran low

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 09:37 PM

Looks like its pretty random if its fitted or not....

@lenny, I had already followed your very informative guide, on fitting the mist jets :P

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 10:10 PM

Looks like its pretty random if its fitted or not....

@lenny, I had already followed your very informative guide, on fitting the mist jets :P


Thanks,
im all out of ideas for you then mate, ill see if i can do a guide on fitting a reserve fuel tank from a yamaha R1 to a ford focus windscreen washer tank,
give me a couple of days :lol:

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 11:54 AM

My titanium ran out of fluid with no dashboard notifications -would of though that model would have it - random!!

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 06:21 AM

seemingly beyond random! this is an unusual circumstance... I could understand the odd Zetec being missed out (if they decided to upgrade an LX or style just to get rid of the parts) but to miss it out on a Titanium? that is poor! - Unless of course your car was an LX in the factory, they fitted all the additionals, but then gave someone else the last remaining warning light? so you got the full package - minus this one ? lol

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:59 PM

Either that or the sensor isn't working, can't be arsed to remove the inner wheel arch cover to check - plus mist jets probably mean it will take a year to run out lol

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 04:00 PM

Either that or the sensor isn't working, can't be arsed to remove the inner wheel arch cover to check - plus mist jets probably mean it will take a year to run out lol

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 04:23 PM

56 plate focus zetec climate....

I was under the impression that this model had a low washer fluid warning system. its never seemed to work, and I am not sure its even fitted... Have run out of fluid on a few occasions, quite inconveniently, and I wondered...


1.. How to tell if its even fitted.
2.. if it is, where is it, and what could be wrong.

I have trawled the haynes manual, but there appears to be no fuse for this, and even been onto the Ford Etis site, and looked up my exact car specs, and although it does not say it has this system, it dosnt say it hasny either, as this site appears to tell you what options are not fitted as well

If it isnt fitted, is there an aftermarket fit available for this??

Thanks for any help


in section 12.30 Wiring Diagrams of the haynes manual
Diagram: Typical Instrument Cluster
unit number 64 on that diagram is the low washer fluid level switch
wires feeding to it are both black and orange and lead from the instrument cluster

positive feed from the instrument cluster and the earth feed comes from the brake fluid level switch and earths near by.

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