I just found out the windshield washer fluid is empty on my 2 week old Model 3. Which brand name and what size of windshield washer should I get to top if off?
Was it really low or just a false report. It's a known software problem.
I also thought it was a false alarm as the message didn't come up all the time but when I opened the cap I see it was empty with no fluid inside.
So do you actually use your fluid that much, or might you have a leak? or is the tank just small? How does this compare to what you're used to in your old car?
Check your manual for approved fluid type. It may be you have a leak as mine was full when delivered. 26.3 firmware fixes know bug for break and windshield fluid warnings.
As replacement I suggest a gallon of RainX. Though you may want to flush out any remaining washer fluid to dilute the RainX as little as possible.
@gm_xeon Tesla recommends against windshield coatings such as Rain-X
@jvcesare didn't know that, thanks.
@jvcesare Did they give the reasoning? When i got my car ceramic coated, they did everything, including windshield, windows, and wheels.
Wipers can squeak when windows are coated.
So that's why it's not a smooth wipe! Mine chatters a little when going back down.
Also, anybody know how to flip the wipers up, as if you're going to clean under them? When i try, it feels like it isn't supposed to, so i stop.
btw Thanks @JayInJapan
All y'all need to RTFM. :-) All of this is listed in the owner's manual (not to use RainX, how to service the wipers, etc).
(Page 126 for the wipers, Page 123 [top right] for Rainx)
We had the occasional "fluid low" message until 26.1 software, and haven't seen it since. However, before 26.1, I did assume the message was true, and went to check the level. It's kind of interesting. The fill neck does a quick dog leg off to one side.I could see no fluid, and was going to top it up, then discovered I'd used the last in another car recently. But the odd thing is the tank itself is hidden, so visually one can't tell how full the tank is. It's binary: it's either full all the way up the neck or it's invisible. I'm used to a translucent tank where you can see at a glance what the level is. Not a biggie.
No mention of Rain-X in the August addition. Also, note that cleaning the glass below the wiper arms is easiest if you lift the frunk lid.
I went ahead and top up the fluid and the windshield washer fluid low message still popping up sometimes. I am on 24.8 firmware, is that the latest one?
I just topped mine off with water after getting the message a couple of times, didn't know it was a bug at the time.
@kc4129, no, 24.8 is not the latest. Indeed, the fix for this bug first showed up in 26.1, if memory serves. So hang in there for the next update.
I just took delivery of my model 3 today, and the washer fluid light is on, they said they topped it off, any suggestions? I used the washer fluid today on the windows and there is fluid in the tank.
You're actually 2 major revs behind on your firmware. You may want to call the service center to see if your updates are stuck like mine was. They can check and fix remotely so no need to bring the car in.
It says on page 123 of the manual that @Shadoh provided." Do not wash in direct sunlight" Why is that?
Mine was false alert. I tried filling it up only to find out I topped the fluid within seconds. That's how I knew it was false alarm. BUGS! BUGS!
I can’t imagine RainX Wiper Fluid is going to cause the Windshield any problem or the wipers for that matter. It’s not the actual application for the window just fluid that won’t freeze easily... any thoughts?
A few days ago, I tried to spray washer fluid the first time ever for my Tesla but I got nothing. Then I opened the cap to check fluid level, but I saw nothing and tank appeared empty. Is this normal for a premium car?
@Liangcai.he: it's not normal for any car, but it happens.
So what kind of windshield washer fluid shall I use for my Tesla Model 3? It is inconclusive in the discussion about and I cannot see anything in my manual. I do not need antifreeze - I live in a warm climate. Any suggestions?
For warm climates just use that blue stuff that’s sold at any auto parts store; usually a dollar a gallon on sale. For colder climates, I use the yellow stuff which won’t freeze unless it’s super cold outside.
There is nothing special or unique about the M3 windshield washer system compared to other cars.
"There is nothing special or unique about the M3 windshield washer system compared to other cars."
Other than it works better in almost every other car on the planet. Someone needs to redesign the sprayers.
mine was empty as well on delivery as a brand new car
"mine was empty as well on delivery as a brand new car"
troll in training?
Oh the horror. I could see why you would need to resurrect a LONG DEAD thread for this.
Burn the car in front of Elon's house.