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Old 02-14-2004, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default FAQ of the century: Why won't my parking lights shut off?

Q. Why wont my parking lights shut off?

A. Turn the parking light switch on top of the steering colulm off.



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Old 02-14-2004, 03:18 PM   #2
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Jay....I think SOA needs to put a warning buzzer with a flashing light and a marching band somewhere that alerts people to this one....
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Old 02-14-2004, 03:40 PM   #3
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Yeah, heaven forbid people actually...*gasp*....READ the owner's manual to the $20,000+ high performance vehicle they just bought.

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Old 02-14-2004, 09:04 PM   #4
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Or do like I did shortly after getting my car (ie, in the dealer lot) - try every switch to make sure I understood what it did (beyond what the manual said).

Doesn't everyone do this?

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Old 02-14-2004, 09:10 PM   #5
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oops I forgot to sticky this

honestly that was one of the very first thing I noticed about the car...

''hey wow there is a switch on the colulm for the parking lights''



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Old 02-23-2004, 04:25 PM   #6
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This one got me the other day...I feel dumb.
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Old 02-29-2004, 12:41 PM   #7
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I must have had a good salesman, as it was the first thing he told me when I picked up the car.
although he said he didn't know why it was there at all - ummm - auto off function on the other switch
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Old 08-23-2004, 12:16 PM   #8
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I must have had a good salesman, as it was the first thing he told me when I picked up the car.
although he said he didn't know why it was there at all - ummm - auto off function on the other switch
First thing with mine too w/ " THIS WILL BE THE ONLY THING THAT WILL DRAIN YOUR BATTERY, AND IT IS RIGHT HERE <hits the rocker switch 2-3 times>"
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Old 03-07-2004, 11:28 PM   #9
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I know I saw that button and was like "What" is that doing there? So I immedately went to the manual to infer further. How can you not look at the manual, I slept with mine the first night I got my suby!!
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Old 04-18-2004, 04:46 PM   #10
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Thank God for nasioc!

I just finished installing a TT next to the useless cupholder in the dash. I tested all the functions and it works perfectly. So I figured that I might as well detail the interior while I had all the plastic off.

You know where this is going..... After going for a test drive I noticed the parking lights were on. I thought the TT was wired wrong and I was about to start ripping apart the dash.

Luckily this is a sticky, so (like always) before I got into another project it I checked good 'ole nasioc.

Whew, thanks guys!
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Old 05-02-2004, 07:25 PM   #11
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that was one of the very first thing I noticed about the car...
Me too. Followed by the thought, "What a stupid feature."

After I rewired the foglights and disabled the DRL's, that button on top of the steering column is redundant.
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Old 08-16-2004, 07:55 PM   #12
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Me too. Followed by the thought, "What a stupid feature."

After I rewired the foglights and disabled the DRL's, that button on top of the steering column is redundant.
No its not. You still wont be able to turn on the parking lights when the key is not in the ignition unless you use the switch.
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Old 11-09-2004, 12:43 AM   #13
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After I rewired the foglights and disabled the DRL's ...
Sorry, new guy question:

Is there a tutorial somewhere on rewiring the foglights?



And yes, I did try the search function.








edited to save myself from ridicule by asking a dumbass question
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Old 11-19-2004, 08:27 PM   #14
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ahaha, this is only really funny to me because my parents had problems with this in both the legacy they owned from 97 until 2001 and the brand new 2001 outback forester they bought as well. my father was so pissed that subaru hadn't been able to fix the problem with the parking lights over two generations and both times had to hard-wire a switch that ran through the firewall. he'll be so peeved to hear this.
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Old 06-12-2004, 10:58 PM   #15
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This reminds me of a question we get frequently over at AR15.com from newly joined members with a post count of <10 - "what was that gun that Al Pacino used in Heat?" , to which we only do the whole eyeroll thing.

Back to the thread's topic though, this one got me the night I brought the car home. After I played with all of the switches I set them all back the way I found them. My wife jumps in and screws with everything and the parking lights won't turn off. After briefly consulting the owner's manual, I discovered the switch and thought "wow, I wonder how often that happens". Cool feature though. I could just see folks running to a forum looking for answers.
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Old 06-20-2004, 04:18 PM   #16
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I could just see folks running to a forum looking for answers.
Here I am! I just joined the forum to get this question answered for my elderly parents.

BTW, the car's a '93, owned since new
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Old 07-21-2004, 04:53 PM   #17
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when i got my car that's the first question i asked the salesguy. he told me it's for when you pull over to the side of the road to look at a map or something and you are stopped. legally you aren't allowed to use your flashers unless you need help. and since subaru has the feature where if you take your key out all lights go off, they needed atleast a couple lights that stay on.

for example you pull over to the side of the road at night and want to leave your car there for a bit and walk into the woods for whatever reason. you don't want to put your flashers on b/c then a cop might come by and think you need help. when in reality you just wanted to go pee in the bushes. and you take your car keys with you so noone steals your car. that is when you use the parking lights.
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Old 07-25-2004, 02:39 PM   #18
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for example you pull over to the side of the road at night and want to leave your car there for a bit and walk into the woods for whatever reason. you don't want to put your flashers on b/c then a cop might come by and think you need help. when in reality you just wanted to go pee in the bushes. and you take your car keys with you so noone steals your car. that is when you use the parking lights.
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Old 08-01-2004, 07:36 PM   #19
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:57 PM   #20
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Damn, this got me today, thank god for internet.
I've actually read the manual on this, but never touched it or used it, except today, took it to a car wash, and i guess they touched it by accident. And i thought it was the water got into my electrical system.

wheeeww....
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Old 02-05-2005, 11:14 PM   #21
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Well thank God for the internet!!!

Just figured it out - was about to rip apart the fuse box. I accidentally found the "magic" button when trying to raise the steering wheel to get to the damn fuse box. Gee whiz. I bought it used with no manual, so there you go. I can't believe some of you freaks actually read the manuals. I read National Geographic. :OD

Thanks truly though to those of you who offered condolences !!!!
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Old 02-07-2005, 09:21 AM   #22
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Be honest as to how you found out.

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My parking lights won't turn off. I went through a car wash today, but can't figure out why that would have done anything. Any ideas? Hurry, my batteries are dying!!!!

It's not only a Bimbo thing.
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:20 AM   #23
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My parking lights won't turn off. I went through a car wash today, but can't figure out why that would have done anything. Any ideas? Hurry, my batteries are dying!!!!

It's not only a Bimbo thing.

Ouch... Thats funny stuff right thur...

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Old 02-24-2005, 11:04 AM   #24
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Heh, I couldn't figure it out for about an hour or so. This was prolly about a year, year-and-a-half ago though But it was more of a "I can't find the damn button" problem than a "WTH is going on" problem.
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Old 04-21-2005, 06:47 AM   #25
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I did this aswell, the first time I cleaned my interior. LOL
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