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I'm experiencing a new kind of problem.
This morning, the warning light about the windshield water came up. This is completely new to me, so it must for you.
How do you handle it?
For years now, this has been handled at the filling station by the attendant.
As I haven't seen him for weeks, I don't think, that he well do the service, without selling gas...

I love my Karma !!!!!!

-Stefan
 

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Under the hood/bonnet right in front of the windscreen/windshield on the driver's side is a white cap with the same picture as you see on your dash. Fill washer fluid there.
 

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Didn't you get an instruction manual from your dealer, Stefan?

By the way, I think it would be better if on the forum we do not use words like 'problem' if we refer to things which we would consider normal in other cars, like an empty washer fluid reservoir. A lot of people who are interested in buying a Karma visit this site and some do not read more than the word 'problem' in the title.
 

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There may be a problem with this system actually.

I have had to fill my windshield washer 3 times in 1800 miles and I have only used it 3 times. I suspect a leak. Not a big problem and I will have dealer look at it with getting the 6.2 upgrade....
 

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I think Stefan's "problem" is he doesn't have to visit his filling station attendant any longer.

This is a good problem to have!
 

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FredFriendly said:
There may be a problem with this system actually.

I have had to fill my windshield washer 3 times in 1800 miles and I have only used it 3 times. I suspect a leak. Not a big problem and I will have dealer look at it with getting the 6.2 upgrade....
It's a pretty small tank. I started getting the low level warning after I had used it just a few times. The dealer just topped it off when I was there for something else.
 

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Be sure you are actually getting it full. I have a thread that discusses that the vent tube can get kinked causing the fller port to back up causing one to think it is full. I believe it should hold about 2 liters or a half gallon roughly. My dealer fixed the issue with some fixed joints placed into the vent line.[hr]
here is the link:

http://fiskerbuzz.com/forums/Thread-Wiper-fluid-reservoir-vent-line-flaw&highlight=vent
 

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The vent tube could be a issue but I really haven't seen any that are pinched . The tank is kinda small but with very limited space for one that can hold a couple of gallons like other cars . What I find is the easiest way to fill it is just have to take your time pouring the fluid in slowly works the best for me . Anytime a car comes into service no matter what's wrong with the car I always top up the fluids and check the air .
 

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I recently found out that after every 5th use of the window washer, also the headlight washer is activated.
This uses extra water. I never knew the Karma had a headlight wash system until I tried to find out where the water was coming from that was dripping over the hood....I asked my wife to push the window wash system while I was looking for leaks LOL
I could have read the manual properly of course but skipped the window wash section. I have had a car before so I thought I knew how that worked..... :-D
 

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I have used my windshield washer system 1 time in 4 months but have had to fill it 3 times. There does appear to be some type of leak, but I am not sure where? At the time I get the update, I will ask for it to be serviced to see if the "issue" can be found. I have gone through a gallon of fluid.
 

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I just filled my wiper fluid again yesterday. There is definitely a problem in the system somewhere with leaking or evaporation. Usage simply cannot account for the loss of fluid I am experiencing.
 

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I have the same problem. I filled it and 3 days later the warning is on again. Fisker tech is flying in to my dealer on Tuesday to look at my power steering problem. I've told them about this as well so hopefully they can shed some insight.
 

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bigdaddyo811 said:
I have the same problem. I filled it and 3 days later the warning is on again. Fisker tech is flying in to my dealer on Tuesday to look at my power steering problem. I've told them about this as well so hopefully they can shed some insight.
I had the same problem, but then I found out I wasn't really filling it all of the way. You have to put the fluid in really slowly, and when you think it is full, wait 10-15 seconds and then try adding some more. You will get a number of "false fulls" along the way until it is actually full and you can't add any more fluid even after waiting for it to settle.

Since I found this out I've been able to get at least 3 times as many uses from the washer system without getting the low fluid warning.
 

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I was just chatting with some Fisker People about this and they said there might be an evaporation issue due to the location of the tank and exposure to heat from the engine. I have never used my washer system and the light came on after 7000 miles. Not a huge deal, just something to check regularly to avoid the warning light.
 

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dennis said:
bigdaddyo811 said:
I have the same problem. I filled it and 3 days later the warning is on again. Fisker tech is flying in to my dealer on Tuesday to look at my power steering problem. I've told them about this as well so hopefully they can shed some insight.
I had the same problem, but then I found out I wasn't really filling it all of the way. You have to put the fluid in really slowly, and when you think it is full, wait 10-15 seconds and then try adding some more. You will get a number of "false fulls" along the way until it is actually full and you can't add any more fluid even after waiting for it to settle.

Since I found this out I've been able to get at least 3 times as many uses from the washer system without getting the low fluid warning.
So you need to burp it after you fill it up? :D
 

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Just filled up for the first time, after 8500 miles. So seems to be working fine. I could poor at least a liter of washer fluid in.
 

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There is a fix for the burping, etc. still requires a slow pour. See my link earlier in this thread.
 

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ejo3rd said:
I think Stefan's "problem" is he doesn't have to visit his filling station attendant any longer.

This is a good problem to have!
That's right and I feel sorry that this post turned from a luxury problem to reports of real incidents.
Funny, that most of you seem to be able to give exact counts of the water usage ...
 

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I also had no windshield washer fluid coming out after replacing a cracked windshield....turned out to be kinked tube...

Buck
 
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