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Old 10-13-2008, 10:42 PM   #1
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Default All of my brake lights are out

I noticed today that none of my brake lights work. The two tails and back windshield mount lights all do not function.

Over the weekend I did an STi trunk swap. My harness for the spoiler brake light was cut (ive done 3 trunk swaps, can't decide what I like. ). Anyways I go to splice the wires for the new spoiler like I've typically done.

Now all my normal brake lights are out and the spoiler brake light does not function either. They functioned before the swap and splice. I'm no electric expert (see spliced wires), but I'm guessing I ran out of luck and that spoiler had something to do with overloading things.

I disconnected the spoiler light wires, and check all the fuses under the hood and it's all ok. I pulled only the ones that could be pulled with the fuse puller...not the big block ones.

What's the next thing to check? I just put a 9v battery to the spoiler light wires and it lit up...so i dont think I blew the bulbs.
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:18 PM   #2
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the big blocks are relays, not fuses.

it could be the switch, for the pedal... but the next step is to use a multimeter and check back through the wiring. it's possible if you cut or removed wires the circuit's been broken. multimeter, start from the spoiler and tails and check every connection back.

if i had to guess i'd say it's a fuse you didn't check. the wires you removed probably are in parallel to the other brake lights, but a fuse could have easily blown.
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Is there another fuse box under the drivers steering column? I've noticed it in other cars...but can't find the location in this one.
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:47 PM   #4
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yes there is... left below the steering column. it's like a cellphone holder or ashtray.. you have to pull it out..
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:09 AM   #5
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yes there is... left below the steering column. it's like a cellphone holder or ashtray.. you have to pull it out..
Yup it was a blown fuse in there. Subaru why you hide things I'll never know.
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i love that fuse block. it's so handy
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