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Old 09-06-2016, 02:55 PM   #1
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Hi All,
Long time visitor, first time poster.

I have a 2013 impreza 2.0 wagon and it has started showing some problems:
(Forum etiquette didn't specify that each issue/problem has to have a separate thread, so I put them all together)
  1. Driver side tail light: With the headlights off, my driver side tail light is off too. With the headlights on, both tail lights work, but the driver side is dim compared to the passenger side. Brake lights seem to be equally bright. Where do I start looking? Do the driver side and passenger side tail light have different circuits ?
  2. Washer fluid light: My washer fluid light on the dash does NOT come on even when the fluid level is empty. I went to the dealer and he quoted me $175 for diagnosis. Would it simply be the sensor which might have gone bad? How difficult would it be to fix this issue myself (see footnote 1)? Any pointers to some tutorials would be great.
  3. Squealing sound when applying brakes: I have this nagging squeal when I start to apply brakes -- ie- when I tap the brakes lightly. If I press the pedal harder, the squealing stops. Initially I thought it might be the rust on the rotors after a rain etc., but this happens even when my wheels are dry. I had this issue checked out as well, but the dealer says there doesn't seem to be any problem. I am just afraid that this might turn into a bigger issue if I don't address it.

Help with these would be really appreciated. Thank you.

Footnote 1: I do oil changes and brake pad replacement/tire rotation myself (so in short general maintenance), but I am also not an expert in everything about cars. So if you can let me know how difficult it may or may not be to fix washer fluid light issue and the other 2 as well, it would be great.
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:05 PM   #2
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1) Change the bulbs and see what happens. My 2012 blew a tail light bulb after three years in 2015. It was my driver side also. You need bulb 7443.

2) Do you REALLY need this light to tell you the washer fluid is empty? As long as it still sprays, just top it off every once in a while.

3) No answer for this. Since you do your own brakes, have you looked to see what the pads looks like? FYI - The rear pads wear faster than the front
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:13 PM   #3
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1) Change the bulbs and see what happens. My 2012 blew a tail light bulb after three years in 2015. It was my driver side also. You need bulb 7443.
Thanks, I will try that out.

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2) Do you REALLY need this light to tell you the washer fluid is empty? As long as it still sprays, just top it off every once in a while.
No, that's the reason I didn't want to pay $175 to the dealer for diagnosis. But I still like everything to run as it should. I am a little anal like that !

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3) No answer for this. Since you do your own brakes, have you looked to see what the pads looks like? FYI - The rear pads wear faster than the front
The pads seemed fine. Even the dealer when he said "there doesn't seem to be any problem" said that my pads had enough left in them. But I will check them out again over the weekend.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:35 PM   #4
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No, you need 7443CK... not 7443

The brake light filament is out but the running tail light filament is not burned out.
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Old 09-06-2016, 05:59 PM   #5
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1) I never saw and didn't buy a 7443CK. Apparently our cars have a standard socket because I got 7443 from Walmart and it works fine.

2) I'm that way to. At least it's not the other way around, with the light on and not going out.

3) Just keep an eye on those rear pads. I never owed a car with the rear brakes wearing more than the front.
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Old 09-06-2016, 06:26 PM   #6
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Could number 3 be because of Brake pad wear indicators which emanate the squealing?? Does 2013 Impreza base model have wear indicators for the brake pads?
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:06 PM   #7
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1) I never saw and didn't buy a 7443CK. Apparently our cars have a standard socket because I got 7443 from Walmart and it works fine.

2) I'm that way to. At least it's not the other way around, with the light on and not going out.

3) Just keep an eye on those rear pads. I never owed a car with the rear brakes wearing more than the front.
Well everyone I've ever asked and from my own install/purchase experience... 7443CK works. Maybe the socket is bisexual. Although technically that shouldn't physically be possible.
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Old 09-08-2016, 02:41 AM   #8
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Front brakes squealing?
There's a bulletin about it, and revised parts. They changed the shims between the caliper and pads.

Take a really close look at those shims. I'd be willing to wager that they're not quite centered and one of them is rubbing against the steel between the pad and bracket.



Have you been using the orange bug washer fluid? There have been reports of it causing the level sensors to fail.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:48 PM   #9
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Tip for anyone who wants more effective, cheap summer fluid: buy isopropyl alcohol from a pharmacy and put like half a cup to a cup in a gallon of water. I'm pretty sure that's more concentrated than the methanol is in regular wiper fluid.

It's less for a bottle of 91% isopropanol than a gallon of fluid, and you can probably make 3-4 gallons.

I can't speak for how well it works in the winter, I suspect it won't freeze until you're below 0F wind chill at least.

Cheaper and works better than store bought ****.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:49 PM   #10
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Front brakes squealing?
There's a bulletin about it, and revised parts. They changed the shims between the caliper and pads.

Take a really close look at those shims. I'd be willing to wager that they're not quite centered and one of them is rubbing against the steel between the pad and bracket.
Could you point me to the bulletin please? I'd like to read more and see what needs fixing.


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Have you been using the orange bug washer fluid? There have been reports of it causing the level sensors to fail.
Yes, I did that a couple of times a while back. Did not know that it could cause the sensor to fail. What are my options now?
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06-51-15R
http://subaru.oemdtc.com/335/new-fro...10-2015-subaru


As far as the level switch, I'm not sure what your options are other than replacing it - not sure how you'd go about cleaning it.
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Old 09-09-2016, 12:31 PM   #12
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06-51-15R
http://subaru.oemdtc.com/335/new-fro...10-2015-subaru


As far as the level switch, I'm not sure what your options are other than replacing it - not sure how you'd go about cleaning it.
Thank you again.

My car is out of warranty -- but I had recently received a letter which said that my warranty would be extended -- since subaru had some issues with oil burning up in some vehicles and the oil light lighting up due to low levels of oil. I personally didn't have that issue, but if my warranty is extended then will they fix this brake squealing issue under warranty?

If they do, it would be great. I will go talk to the dealership. I hope they recognize this bulletin...since it's not from Subaru directly --- or is it?
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No, your warranty was not extended. They have extended coverage ONLY for oil consumption. Brakes are covered for 3/36k.

I can't link you to the bulletins within Subaru's system, since you don't have access to it. The bulletin number and text are the same though.
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:04 PM   #15
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When was the last time you serviced your brakes/replaced your brake pads? Could it be that the pads haven't been broken in properly yet?
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