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Old 07-28-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default Turn signal fuse blowing out repetitively

The car is a 1996 Legacy Outback:

So after replacing my transmission, something is causing my turn signal fuse to blow out every time it is replaced. I found what appeared to be a broken-off ground cable leading from the top of the engine bay to nowhere, figured it was a transmission ground, so I replaced the end of it with a new O-crimp connector and bolted it to the transmission. However, the circuit is still bad. A small puff of smoke rises from the area around the starter when the switch is thrown with a good fuse put in. Looks like it's coming from the large cable that bolts to one of the starter bolts and leads directly to the negative battery terminal. Has anybody had this problem? I'm not sure where to go at this point. Electrical problems aren't my thing.

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- Just replaced transmission by myself
- Car starts, runs, drives just fine
- Turns signals do not work, fuse keeps blowing.
- Hazard lights work perfectly, it can be determined that it the problem is not with the blinkers or the bulbs themselves
- When the fuse is replaced, the power is turned on, and the turn signal lever is thrown, a small puff of smoke comes from the area of the starter solenoid, along with a brief "burning wires" smell
- Found a small gauge, approximately 1' long ground cable leading from the engine bay next to the pitch stop, the other end was broken off
- Replaced opposite end with a "O" crimp connector, used to ground the transmission
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:14 AM   #2
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Unless you are absolutely positive that the wire you put a ring terminal on is a ground wire I suggest you try removing the wire from ground and isolate it to see if that clears the trouble. If that doesn't make a difference it would interesting to know if the short occurs when the lever is moved to either the right or left side; or both sides. If the problem occurs to both sides then I would check the turn signal switch itself to see if something is wrong there.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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Tehhali,

I just swapped my 5speed for a 6speed transmission. After searching, I found your 2009 thread, because your car's symptoms were similar. I'm having a rapid blinker problem and also found my small ground is broken. What did you do to resolve your blinker issue? If you repaired the ground did you route it from the firewall pitchstop mount to the transmission bell house pitchstop mount? Thanks to anyone with the time to post a useful response.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:00 PM   #4
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You've got a dead short, most likely a pinched wire or the one you hooked up..
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:50 AM   #5
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This thread needs to be closed. It is ancient history.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:10 AM   #6
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:36 AM   #7
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Default Turn Signal Fuse Blows, No Electric Windows

On my 2005 Impreza 2.5 RS, all 4 electric windows suddenly stopped working, then a few minutes later I noticed that I had no turn signals. There was no fuse for the electric windows, but the turn signal fuse was blown and would blow as soon as soon as the ignition was turned on. The hazard flashers worked normally. My dealer found that when the ignition interlock had been installed by the dealer, as required for insurance purposes when I bought the car new, the wires had just been twisted together and taped (no solder) and had come apart. This mess had been a ticking time bomb for over 9 years. The dealer apologized and said they didn't do things like that any more, but it still cost me $300.
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