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Old 02-14-2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default No washer fluid level sensor?

Is there one for 2009 Subaru impreza sedan 2.5i models or is mine broken?
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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Mine has a dipstick... So who need a sensor.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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I sense my fluid level is out.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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I hate new car owners, thinking there is a sensor for everything.

YOU HAVE EYES FOR A REASON!
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:46 PM   #5
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I hate new car owners, thinking there is a sensor for everything.

YOU HAVE EYES FOR A REASON!
You are assuming people even bother opening the hood? Windshield fluid sensors are the most pointless thing ever. The people that benefit from them would have no idea how to refill it anyway...
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:55 PM   #6
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I just had to read this twice to make sure i read it right....

Shouldn't the only sensor you need be when you pull the lever back and nothing sprays out....?
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:16 PM   #7
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all the cars i ever owned had one so i was shocked

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Old 02-15-2012, 12:15 AM   #8
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My washer resevoir is in the garage. Have not bother to replace it since the pump started to leak.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:13 PM   #9
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Shouldn't the only sensor you need be when you pull the lever back and nothing sprays out....?
Ideally, a level sensor would tell you that you are almost out, so that you have some warning before it's gone and can do something about it.

Finding out by pulling the lever and having nothing spray out falls into the "too late" category. Now that Subaru is hiding the resevoirs, a level sensor just makes sense. In my 02, it wasn't necessary - whenever you pop the hood to check the oil, etc. it's right there.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:22 PM   #10
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Ideally, a level sensor would tell you that you are almost out, so that you have some warning before it's gone and can do something about it.

Finding out by pulling the lever and having nothing spray out falls into the "too late" category. Now that Subaru is hiding the resevoirs, a level sensor just makes sense. In my 02, it wasn't necessary - whenever you pop the hood to check the oil, etc. it's right there.
That's why there's a dipstick... Also on the 5 doors if the washer fluid doesn't spray onto the rear window then you are low on fluid for the front too... The rear runs out before the front...
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:55 PM   #11
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Ideally, a level sensor would tell you that you are almost out, so that you have some warning before it's gone and can do something about it.

Finding out by pulling the lever and having nothing spray out falls into the "too late" category. Now that Subaru is hiding the resevoirs, a level sensor just makes sense. In my 02, it wasn't necessary - whenever you pop the hood to check the oil, etc. it's right there.
Agreed, i think it is something they should consider putting in. For those of us in the Northern Tier of states, a winter day with salty mist and no fluid can result in some pretty dire consequences. My 2011 STi does not have it. My 04 Armada and 05 CTS V do and they give me ample time to refill by warning me when it is approaching low.

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Old 02-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #12
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Oh please, not having a washer fluid sensor to tell you that the level is low is probably the LAST thing I would be whining about... No standard boost gauge on a boosted car? An oil pressure warning light that only comes on to tell you the engine is basically already F'd kind of sucks, an Si switch that always changes back to something you don't want to drive as instead of staying in what you selected every time you shut the car off,...
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:38 PM   #13
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Oh please, not having a washer fluid sensor to tell you that the level is low is probably the LAST thing I would be whining about... No standard boost gauge on a boosted car? An oil pressure warning light that only comes on to tell you the engine is basically already F'd kind of sucks, an Si switch that always changes back to something you don't want to drive as instead of staying in what you selected is warmed up anyway every time you shut the car off,...
You shouldnt be driving in sport sharp until it is warmed up anyway. While not a whine, i wouldnt mind seeing that sensor.

Boost gauge should be integrated into the cluster, then again i am spoiled, cause my V has a nice compliment of std gauges

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Old 02-18-2012, 11:02 PM   #14
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Oh please, not having a washer fluid sensor to tell you that the level is low is probably the LAST thing I would be whining about... No standard boost gauge on a boosted car? An oil pressure warning light that only comes on to tell you the engine is basically already F'd kind of sucks, an Si switch that always changes back to something you don't want to drive as instead of staying in what you selected every time you shut the car off,...
I agree it's a pretty small thing, but hey, that's what this thread is about!

You raise valid points - some of them are addressed in other Subarus, like the Legacy (has a washer fluid low indicator, and has an oil level low indicator (in addition to the less than helpful pressure light) I really wish they had a boost gauge integrated in the dash - the newer dash design makes it harder to add something on and not have it look like a tumor... there are some aftermarket solutions which are nice, but I don't want to give up a vent to get them. Oddly the legacy doesn't have a coolant temperature gauge - they have a blue light when it's cold, a yellow light when it's starting to get too hot, and a red light for the danger level...

Anyway - for the washer level switch, seems a trivial thing to add - and requires less thought than a dipstick (most people have trouble getting under the hood to check the oil - the washer fluid isn't even on their radar screen until they go to use it, and it's not there!)
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:42 AM   #15
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Respectfully, perhaps that each time you fill-up you check the engine oil and the windshield washer fluid? Just a suggestion.

FWIW, and respectfully, most of the cars I owned did not have a WWF level sensor.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:10 AM   #16
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Agreed, i think it is something they should consider putting in. For those of us in the Northern Tier of states, a winter day with salty mist and no fluid can result in some pretty dire consequences. My 2011 STi does not have it. My 04 Armada and 05 CTS V do and they give me ample time to refill by warning me when it is approaching low.

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I've been stuck in that situation a couple times, doing engine work and didn't put the tank back in.

Had to resort to tailgating to use the water spraying off other cars to wash my windshield.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:43 AM   #17
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I've been stuck in that situation a couple times, doing engine work and didn't put the tank back in.

Had to resort to tailgating to use the water spraying off other cars to wash my windshield.
I don't have a washer tank in mine. Weight reduction FTW!! .... Just kidding. But really though, I don't ever even wish I had it. I wash my car once a week (most of the time) and if I ever DO need to clean the windshield there are always gas stations with squeegees
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:47 AM   #18
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Do you ever drive your car in the winter? Do you live somewhere the roads are salted?
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:14 PM   #19
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Do you ever drive your car in the winter? Do you live somewhere the roads are salted?
Agreed! Here in NE, it is a necessity. As far as a sensor for the fluid, I put that in the category of a waste of money. If anything, I wish my car had an oil pressure guage. And I still find it strange that many vehicles don't automatically turn off the headlights after the car is turned off.
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God forbid anyone go into their glove box and actually look in the OWNERS MANUAL. Why is it that people are so lazy. Instead of taking their own time to find the answer people want to waste other peoples time.
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WOW, people, you just need to check once in a wile, It's this kind on mentality is why we now have sensors MANDATED for tire air pressure monitors... Which is actually way more important but lazy people are lazy people I guess...
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God forbid anyone go into their glove box and actually look in the OWNERS MANUAL. Why is it that people are so lazy. Instead of taking their own time to find the answer people want to waste other peoples time.
Wtf is up your ass?
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Wtf is up your ass?
Lazy people. Thought my post was pretty self explanatory. All simple info like this is in the manual. Try reading it once or learn to use the glossary or index. If people learned how to read or search for their answer in the owners manual tons of time wouldn't be wasted in the automotive world. Really there isn't anything to argue here, this is the truth.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:37 PM   #24
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OP. open hood at least once a week. You guys must be using alot of fluid. I do not fill mine that often.
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OP. open hood at least once a week. You guys must be using alot of fluid. I do not fill mine that often.
I've used 2 bottles in a single day. We use a LOT of salt up here. When I ran out I was on the highway and 30 minutes from any place to get more fluid. By the time I got to the gas station I literally could not tell where the lines on the road were and was just following the car in front of me. It was incredibly dangerous. I picked up a couple of spares bottles.

I commented to my coworkers, most of whom are car enthusiasts, that I didn't think my car has a WWF sensor. They all argued I must be crazy and it would be silly if it didn't. Now I know I'm not crazy. Every car I've owned that is less than 20 years old had one.
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