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Old 04-22-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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I have a 2015 WRX that I got in February. In March I took it in for a warranty claim for fractured tail light lenses. They ended up replacing the passenger tail lamp under warranty. Today I walked out during lunch and saw cracks on both tail lamps again. I wanted to see if anyone else has noticed this or is it just me.

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Old 04-22-2015, 06:50 PM   #2
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is that cracked all the way through or simple surface cracks?
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Old 04-22-2015, 07:08 PM   #3
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All the way through
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Old 04-22-2015, 07:31 PM   #4
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I see you installed LED bulbs. Subaru has linked BCM failures to the installation of LED bulbs. You might want to considering reinstalling the stock bulbs unless you're willing to pay for replacement of your BCM.
Nope. Never seen taillights crack like that.
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:35 PM   #5
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I see you installed LED bulbs. Subaru has linked BCM failures to the installation of LED bulbs. You might want to considering reinstalling the stock bulbs unless you're willing to pay for replacement of your BCM.
Nope. Never seen taillights crack like that.
Wow, very good to know. Thanks!
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:06 PM   #6
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I see you installed LED bulbs. Subaru has linked BCM failures to the installation of LED bulbs. You might want to considering reinstalling the stock bulbs unless you're willing to pay for replacement of your BCM.
Nope. Never seen taillights crack like that.
Do you have a source to back up these body control module failures?
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:17 PM   #7
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JRim - I'd like to hear more about the issue with LED bulbs. I upgraded my '15 WRX Limited with back-up and turn signal LEDs from ProLightZ. If there is a known problem I'd like to know about it and alert Will at ProLightZ.
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:48 PM   #8
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Very interesting
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:13 PM   #9
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April 2015 Subaru TechTips, Page 7 is an article devoted to problems caused by aftermarket LED bulbs, including BCM failures. It's not just Subarus. Google "LED bulb BCM failure". It is a widespread issue. It is a more common problem with the cheaper bulbs that either have no resistor or a poor quality resistor. The resistors can fail in the good quality bulbs too and if they do it can smoke a BCM.

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Old 04-24-2015, 07:21 PM   #10
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cheap LED fail.
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JRim - thanks for the clarification and good info. I'll have to keep an eye on things. So far I've done the fogs (Morimoto XB), interior, back-up and turn signals/led relay. All good so far...
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