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Subaru Outback/Legacy Electronic & Lighting Problems

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  • hirschberghirschberg Posts: 3
    Had a stuck hazard light switch, which i pried on a bit until it popped back out and the hazard lights turned off. But after this, my turn signal switch didnt work.

    Ok, my understanding here is that in the 98 Legacy, the turn signal switch is governed by the circuit first going through the Hazard Switch. I read that there was a recall on the 97 Legacy where, if pressed in, and the Hazard switch got stuck, it could render the turn signal inoperable. First item of elimination, which I highly doubt; did I damage the circuit to the turn signal switch? I doubt this, because the hazard button still works, and the blinkers in the dash, and the lights outside function normally.

    To my knowledge from what I looked at, all the fuses are OK. If there were an electrical overload on the flasher, wouldnt it have popped the fuse and prevented electrical damage? This is what I assume. I'm not too knowledgeable about later model electrical issues in any vehicle.

    My assumption is this:
    that by prying around with my key to unstick the hazard switch, I pushed the contact for the turn signal off of the housing, or something. I want to eliminate the problem quickly, because I'd hate to have my wife driving around without turn signals. Anyone who can help please email me at jurdoc024@gmail.com...

    thanks.
  • jhr788jhr788 Posts: 1
    I have a Subaru outback. Recently I was leaving work after sun set and noticed that my low beams don't work... High, fog, turn and hazard all work. I was thinking that it was the bulbs, but I have never heard of both burning out at the same time. Any other Ideas? Thanks
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My bulbs both burned out within a week of each other, and they were 9 years old. It happens.
  • reblack_jrreblack_jr Posts: 57
    The other day the mirror developed a bubble 1.5 high x 2.5 wide in the upper edge of the windshield mirror that changes shape with time. The car was in for service and the dealer said to replace it $215 installed. Found some web stores (Subie parts) to buy it for $135 + shipping ~ $10 - total $145.
    Questions:
    1) Is it fixable some way?
    2) If the replacement is the only way are there instructions to install it? Is it a relatively simple task or is it worth $45 to have them do it? I would think the cables from the original could be used but...
    Thank you in advance.
    If this is posted on the wrong forum, I would appreciate some feedback from the host of this forum.
    Bob
  • ortscortsc Posts: 2
    Hi jhr788,
    What was the resolution for your low beams not working? I have the same problem - they flicked on at startup yesterday morning, then both headlights went out at the same time. All other lights work, fuses look OK. I really don't want to take it into the dealer for something that must be minor!
    Thanks in advance, tsc
  • I can not recall posting anything on a headlight problem. Please reply with a cut and paste of the problem you imply I posted to refresh my memory, having a senior moment on this problem.
  • ortscortsc Posts: 2
    Hi jhr788,
    What was the resolution for your low beams not working? I have the same problem - they flicked on at startup yesterday morning, then both headlights went out at the same time. All other lights work, fuses look OK. I really don't want to take it into the dealer for something that must be minor!
    Thanks in advance, tsc
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    Original post: #73 of 77 Headlight problems by jhr788 Jun 19, 2008 (11:15 am)
    I have a Subaru outback. Recently I was leaving work after sun set and noticed that my low beams don't work... High, fog, turn and hazard all work. I was thinking that it was the bulbs, but I have never heard of both burning out at the same time. Any other Ideas? Thanks
  • For some reason I (reblack jr) am getting notifications that should go to jhr788. I am not jhr788.
    Bye
  • I have a 2006 Outback LL Bean edition and the Battery is dead after leaving the car parked for two days or more, I have taken to Subaru and they are stumped, any thoughts. I have replaced the battery already and it still persists.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hmm, maybe a short?

    They need to trace what's draining the battery. Something has to be drawing power. Can't they trace it with tools the dealer has?
  • They did that and could find nothing.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Did they test the alternator also? I doubt it's the battery itself.
  • they said the alternator checked out fine, I think I will take back in and have it rechecked.
  • I had the same thing happen to me night before last. Did you figure it out? I thought fuses but those look fine... then bulbs but weird that it would happen at same time plus it appears that the high beams and low beams are on same bulb so it seemed odd that one would work.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    any aftermarket itesm in the car? (CB, Stereo, GPS, etc?) That might be drawing power overnight.

    They can see what's drawing down the power (or you can) by pulling the fuses and only connect 2 or 3 fuses per night and narrow down which circuit is pulling the juice.

    -mike
    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • Hi,

    I have this situation:

    For a while, ABS light intermittant, not sure why.

    Recently the fuse for the rear running lights blew, not sure why.

    After fixing that (and putting on two new belts), the Check Engine light came on (I believe not from loose gas cap). Starting around the same time: when brakes are applied the dashboard lights go to about half power, running/parking lights also dim, and I hear a clicking sound from the AT shifter when in park. This clicking sound goes away if I turn on the parking lights (switch on top of steering column).

    When the car is in drive, the clicking goes away, but dash / parking lights still dim.

    Everything else working OK at this point, and there is no history of other electrical problems.

    Any theories or diagnoses are appreciated. I have not taken the car in to the dealer yet.

    thanks!
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,508
    While it would be difficult to diagnose without a physical inspection, it sounds like you have an electrical short. Most likely, something like that would be caused by a wire exposed by something rubbing through the sheathing somewhere or dirty/wet/loose connectors.
  • Thanks for the reply..

    Got it checked out for 120 dollars...

    Yup, rear lamp socket had a problem that melted the contacts together, and this was causing the symptoms somehow. Not sure why the fuse didnt go first.

    Check engine light was related to this short.
  • I have a 98 subaru outback which the lighting on the climate control panel will not light up and sometimes the speedometer stops working along with it losing power. It seems to fix itself with exception to the climate control lighting..
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The fact that it's intermittent has me thinking it's a loose wiring connection, perhaps even a cracked solter connection. That happened to the clock in my 98 Forester, and the clock light came in and out.

    The trick is tracing it.
  • I've had my 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon for 4 years and the automatic shift panel has never been illuminated at night except for once a few nights ago. I looked down and it was lit up. Hasn't lit up since. It was nice to see the D, R, N and would like to see them again at night.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,508
    If there was one complaint I had about my '96 Outback, which seems to hold true for that generation (through 99), is that electrical gremlins are quite prevalent in them, from intermittently working door locks to quick-to-burn-out bulbs to more serious issues. You can tear your hair out trying to fix it or just live with it, but if you try to fix it, I recommend a good, short hair cut before you start. ;)
  • Purchased the car a year ago and have replaced the alt. and 3 batteries. Took it to the Subaru dealership and they can't find what's wrong. The car will run for up to 3 months after the last battery was replaced. The car sat for 3 days, went out to leave for work and it's dead. The gauges won't even show on the console. It's been to 3 different mechanics, they suggested to not jump start the car but have it towed to the dealership so they can see what's wrong. Did that...twice and still can't find it. Anyone else have any problems like this?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hmm, how about a battery tender? May be worth the investment.

    Something is draining it dangerously low and affecting battery life.
  • lcoombs738lcoombs738 Posts: 1
    My 2006 Outback has something draining the battery when it sits. About 4 months ago I was having weird electrical issues with the speedometer and the odometer was flashing an SP ER message and the time/temp display would flash "ACC" then change to Err. The dealer replaced the battery. The ACC flashing was still there but the car seemed to function fine. Now the battery is draining when it sits and the car needs to be jumped after sitting a while or if driven for only a short trip. The dealer now says they don't know what the problem is. I do have an after market remote start but that has been in the car for more than 2 years.

    Does anyone know what the "ACC, Err" flashing display means. The dealer says they don't which I find disconcerting.
  • lkelly4lkelly4 Posts: 3
    I would love to know if you have any replies to this question. I have a 2004 Outback with similiar problems when it sits for more than a day, the battery is drained. It's been to 2 dealerships and 3 other mechanic, one who specializes in electrical problems and no one can find the problem. I've researched tech docs from Subaru and can't find anything either.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,508
    It sounds to me like you have a short somewhere. SP ER means the speed sensor is either not working or is providing bogus input. I suspect that the display is probably having trouble as well due to the MPG readout, etc., that is tied in to the speed sensor circuit.

    It might be useful to check the wiring on the aftermarket remote start to ensure that there are no loose/corroded connections. Just because it worked properly to start, does not mean something has not come loose since then.
  • Did you every get an answer to your problem, as I just bought a 2007 wagon, it passed the safety inspection, then in the rain the front left headlight stopped working.
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 683
    Low beam , high beam or both?

    Low beam out may be just a bulb problem..daylight running lights use up filaments fairly fast. I just had to replace one on my 2005 3.0R. Replacing both left and right at the same time (if the bulb is the problem) is a good idea.
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