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Old 03-10-2008, 08:50 AM   #1
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Default Heated Windshield washer fluid

I did a search and noticed some others having issues with this feature (heated washer). Given all the other "features" of the owners manual that do not seem to work as documented I was wondering if anyone has figured this one out?

I hit the rear defrost button, wait 30-40 seconds, use the windshield "cleaner" lever, and it does not seem heated any ideas?

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Old 03-10-2008, 09:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: Heated Windshield washer fluid

jpdiddy... please confirm that your Vue came with the Convenience Package. A $505 option that includes Rain-sensing wipers, heated windshield-washer nozzles, Remote Vehicle Starter System, and Universal Home Remote.

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Old 03-10-2008, 09:22 AM   #3
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Default Re: Heated Windshield washer fluid

Yes it is an XR with the package, with remote start (which works), heated seats and rain sensing wipers.

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Old 03-10-2008, 10:07 AM   #4
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Default Re: Heated Windshield washer fluid

How would you test this?

Stick your hand in front of the nozzle and have someone actuate the washer?

I would think that if the fluid was heated, you'd see steam rise from a cold windshield.

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Old 03-10-2008, 10:30 AM   #5
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Default Re: Heated Windshield washer fluid

when ive used mine alot of steam when it hits the windshield

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Old 03-10-2008, 11:07 AM   #6
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Default Re: Heated Windshield washer fluid

I had this in my first '08 VUE and I swear it never did work properly (although i only had the thing for about 2wks)

I live in a COLD climate and it never did melt the ice on the windshield - I know It's probabally not supposed to be THAT good but I thought I would at least use that as a test. I never did see 'steam' that the sales guy told me i should see.

I chose not to go with this package in the second VUE and instead dropped money into an after-marker remote starter that actually works if you are outside arms length of the vehicle.

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Old 03-10-2008, 02:54 PM   #7
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Default Re: Heated Windshield washer fluid

jpdiddy... now at work & went to the lot to try it myself. Currently 35 degrees F. here in NH. No steam was visible after following the procedure in the manual. I held my hand in the stream and could discern no appreciable heating of the fluid. I have heard other Saturn Sales Consultants describe this feature as a way to melt ice on the windshield and never gave it a 2nd thought until today.

I spoke to the Service Coordinator and he looked up the tech information on the Heated Washer nozles. That document (ID: 1887124) describes the nozles as having "an electrical heating element molded into the nozle assembly. This prevents washer fluid icing on the nozzle during cold conditions. The nozzles operate only when the rear window defogger is activated."

So, it looks like they may be operating as intended... i.e. heating just enough to prevent icing and allow the washer fluid to do the job of cleaning & de-icing... not spraying heated fluid on your windshield. Hope that helped!

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Old 03-10-2008, 03:00 PM   #8
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mine steams and melts ice but its an outlook. probably a different system

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Old 03-10-2008, 03:49 PM   #9
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Default Re: Heated Windshield washer fluid

Thanks that is interesting, although that "feature" seems a little yell useless, considering in colder climates we typically by washer fluid that won't freeze...

The salesman told me that same thing, no big deal, just good to know.

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Old 03-10-2008, 06:49 PM   #10
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Default Re: Heated Windshield washer fluid

If you heated your washer fluid, the methanol would evaporate too quickly, and you would be left with only water. If you want to melt ice, use more alcohol.

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Old 03-10-2008, 06:54 PM   #11
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Default Re: Heated Windshield washer fluid

but why cant they make the vue system like the outlook? when the oputlook heated fluid comes out its plenty heated

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