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Subaru Forester Electrical Problems

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  • I seem unable to turn the parking lights (both front and rear)
    off after driving my 1998 Subaru Forester.
    Only solution I've come up with so far is to
    remove the specific fuse.
    That works, but is not real convenient.
    Is there any alternative to replacing the full switch
    assembly (lights, turn signals, brights, etc)?
    Thanks.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Switch on top of your steering column. It is for the parking lights. Because the headlights turn off with the key, in an emergency situation you can leave on your parking lights and hazards without the key.

    -mike
  • Thank you Mike!
    I've had my car for nearly five years now, and I never noticed that switch. A few minutes ago my husband decided to clean the inside of my windshield When he came back in, he told me my lights were still on (guess he bumped the switch). We were scratching our heads trying to figure out how to turn them off, when I decided to come back inside and try the forum. So thanks again for clear and timely info!
    Sandra
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Glad it helped, it's fairly common on the subies!

    -mike
  • Thanks very much 'paisan'.
    My dog must have switched it on.
    I thought I had checked it, but obviously not
    well enought.
    Cheers.
  • 2tall12tall1 Posts: 3
    My 2002 Forester’s digital clock has gone out. I asked the dealer to fix it for me thinking it was no big deal and he said you had the replace the entire assembly. Is this true just for a clock?

    Plus, I have been having some general electrical issues lately. My compass was crazy for about a month this past September (never provided the correct orientation). I tried everything the manual said and it never fixed itself. The one day it did, go figure. The drivers heated seat switch light keeps going out as well. It was out for three months or so and now is working again. Dealer told me that was a $90 part to fix. I can do without the light. Is my electrical system going out or am I just loosing my mind?

    Michael
  • 2tall12tall1 Posts: 3
    2002 Forester. I have replaced all the pads and the two from rotors. Total milage is 83k. Whe I brake at freeway speeds the car feels like it's shaking like a wet dog. I asked the dealer if the rotors are worped and he said no but wanted $180 to make sure. Do you know what this might be?
  • rochcomrochcom Posts: 247
    Several possibilities. 1) If the rotors were turned when the pads were replaced, it is possible that they are now too thin and may have warped.

    2) At this mileage, the rear pads/shoes could need replacement.

    3) Ice on the rotors or wheels.

    4) Was everything put back together properly when they were serviced?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    My bet is that it's pad deposits in the rotors. Very few rotors on cars this light will actually warp.

    Take the wheels off and use some sand paper to wipe down the rotors and remove any pad deposits.

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Check the torque on the lug nuts. They may just have overtightened the lugs.

    That's the easy fix, so let's hope it's that.

    Beyond that, I bet the rotors are warped, 83k is a lot of miles, depending upon how hard you are on the brakes.

    -juice
  • 2tall12tall1 Posts: 3
    I actually replaced the rotors about a year or so ago because I was having the same problem. Put everything back together and bam, it came back even worse. I have had the rotors grinded down and inspected buy two different machanichs and they just was to keep doing the same thing. Plus, at high way speeds it still shudders. Perplexed. I guess I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and pay for someone to fix the whole thing and get a warenty attached to it. Arg, I wish I new more about cars. :confuse:
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    What is the issue associated with this? If you give us some more in depth info we can help.

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If they were already re-surfaced and they still shudder, it's probably time for new rotors. Last time I was at the auto supply store with my sister getting brake pads, we asked the price for rotors just out of curiosity, and IIRC they were only $150 or so.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    $150 is a lot for stock rotors w/o install.

    I never get rotors resurfaced, if they are at a point where they are that bad, then it's time to replace them. A relatively cheap solution considering they are your brakes.

    I would say get the rotors, pads and fluid replaced, can't hurt and should be ~$500 even using "expensive" parts.

    Also make sure the torque on the lugnuts is correct at about 85lbs if they are overtightened they can also shake.

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think that was for a pair, so $75 a pop. I'd replace them in pairs no matter what.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    $150 a pair is pretty high. I think for the Mountain Rotors we charge like $90 or $100/PAIR

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I didn't shop around. We just asked the guy behind the counter when he was looking up the pads. We only changed her pads, as the rotors were OK (still are).

    Dad's heading out on a 2400 mile road trip, so I helped do a little check up. We changed the brakes, bled them. The only other thing I told him to get was new tires, and he just put those on two.

    Bon Voyage. Off he goes on Sunday to NC, then GA, FL, and back.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Nice stuff.

    I've been getting bad reports on the C320 so now it's back to LGT or 3.0R I can't ever make up my mind. I'm on the Fence with you Juice!

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'll move right over and make room for ya. :shades:
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Thanks mate! It is a nice view from the fence here though. :)

    -mike
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