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Old 03-08-2013, 04:54 AM   #1
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Unhappy Activity light installation

I finally wired in my activity lights, but for some reason they don't work. I checked all the connections, and bulbs. There is already a relay where the instructions tell me to put the one that came with the kit, and I don't see any other connector up under the dash that will fit.
The switch lights up when I turn on my headlights, but no other indicator comes on. Everything else on my car works fine.
Any suggestions to trouble shoot it before I give up and take it to the dealer?
I can't send them back either. I got them on ebay a few years ago, but finally put them in.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:25 AM   #2
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Are you at all handy with a 12v test light or a Multi meter ?

Also, Not knowing how that kit was wired,and excuse me for possibly treating you like you know less than you do, Do you know the Activity lights will only come on IIRC with the Parking brake on?

They're a Stopped/parked vehicle only accessory.

If the above is true, Try lifting the Parking brake one click up and try them.

This one click will also turn off your DRL's when you drive if you so desire.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:52 AM   #3
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I forgot to mention that I did have the parking brake on. I pulled it up, and down a few times, but it still didn't work.
I have some idea on how to use a 12v test light. I also have a multi meter buried somewhere in the garage, but not sure how to use it properly.
I plugged the harness into the plug by the center brake light, and into the lights. As far as I can tell, that is the only way to do it. The switch is in place, and is getting power. The solenoid that came with the kit seems to be extra because there are already two solenoids plugged into the area where the instructions says to put it. There isn't any other plug it can go into, at least not one that I can find. I took out the lower one, and plugged in the one from the kit, but that didn't work either.
The only thing I can think of, is that maybe it's a bad switch. How do you test for that?
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:31 PM   #4
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Ok dig,

A 12v test light will help you find out if you have power thru a closed or completed circuit.

The entire car is a ground in a closed circuit. That's what all your items have a ground wire that somewhere terminates into the body via a special conductive screw somewhere.

Now, On to your switch.

I assume that you know what you've installed so you can fill in the wire colors and such that I do not have.

Let's make sure the switch is working. We have to test it for power after the switch.

Unplug the wires going to your lights.

Now use your test light with the Key to RUN ,Not start and we'll use the Cigarette lighter as a known HOT source of power.

Stick the test light into the cigarette lighter and then touch a few bolts in the door frame, Unpainted bolts. If the light lights up then you have a proven ground. Now push the Activity Light switch to power your new lights and turn them on. One hand keeps the alligator clip on the bolt and the other probes the connectors on the switch you just removed the wires from.

If you get a light then you have proven the switch is good.

Now you need your Multi meter. Turn it to continuity. May have a symbol on your meter with a small dot and a radiating pie slice looking thing.

http://www.ladyada.net/images/metert.../conticon1.jpg

Now touch the leads of your meter together, Get a beep ? If you did that you know you are on the right setting, Refer to your manual.

We need to use this feature to make certain you have a closed circuit with the ground.

You lights have a black wire coming out of them right ?

At the light fixture place.hold or stick one lead into the connector for that black wire coming out of your lights, Then touch the other lead to any known good ground on the car,anything shiny that isn't trim, Real steel man.

If you get a beep then you have proven you have a good ground.

So at this point you have to do some testing and report results.

Pictures may help you communicate what you've got there and what you did.

And what is a solenoid doing in your wiring ? Do you mean Relay? Small black box with like 3-5 gold tabs coming out of the bottom?
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:23 PM   #5
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Thanks, I'll have to make it a project for this weekend, or next. Thanks!
The solenoid that came with the kit is a cylinder shaped thing. It goes into a plug to the right of the fuse box. There are two of them there, one on top of the other. The instructions shows that it is to go in the lower spot, but there is one already there.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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Have you read this ?

You got a nice sport activity light kit and you go to install the relay under the dash and you can't find a plug and there's already a relay in it's place.

http://www.scoobytruck.com/bb/viewto...p?p=7574#p7574
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:50 AM   #7
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Thanks for the link. That sounds like it might be my problem. I'll have to order a relay from Subaru next week, but first I'll dig up the extra fog light relay from my dad's Jeep. If I remember correctly, they look similar.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:20 AM   #8
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See if the Fuel Pump relay are the same, Check desc on top of the Relay.

If they are the same then put the F/P Relay in there and make sure that's your fix first.

If it is then go to a junk yard, You can get a good one for most likely 5 bucks.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:29 PM   #9
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Hey 97cv, I put in the old relay from my dad's Jeep, and the lights work. Thanks for all your advice. Fortunately, it was the simplest of fixes.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:23 AM   #10
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Sweet!!!!!!!!


Pics !
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:36 PM   #11
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Here is a pic. http://www.flickr.com/photos/2365086...n/photostream/

And here is one with the covers on when you turn the lights on. It's kind of hard to see because the picture was taken in daylight, but it glows like a taxi cab sign. http://www.flickr.com/photos/2365086...n/photostream/
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:31 PM   #12
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That's pretty killer!
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:48 PM   #13
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I've been following this thread and I'm impressed with the dialogue between seafajr and 97cv.

Kudos to 97cv for helping out, writing the whole multimeter procedure, finding the scoobytruck post about the relay, etc.

No doubt, this is what the forum is all about!!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:39 PM   #14
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I buy a car.

I learn the car.

I help the next guy.


And..I've only had a Baja for 2 weeks LOL!


I'm Rosario on the Baja Facebook page.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:19 AM   #15
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I have had my car for almost 7 years, and still have some to learn about my car. Maybe I would have learned more in auto shop class in high school if my auto shop teacher wasn't busy getting stoned with the advanced students most days.
I love this forum!
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