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Old 10-14-2002, 11:07 PM   #1
Tim-Ti
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Exclamation Lighting on Hazards/rear defog

Does anyones GC8 type Impreza have illuminated hazard light and rear window defog buttons?

Mine do not light up, finding them at night can be quite tricky; but I'm not sure I remember them ever having lit up.

Before anyone suggests it, I had the console out when installing a new stereo, so I'm not going to do this just to take a look.

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Old 10-15-2002, 03:38 AM   #2
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I think this is a common problem with our cars. My hazard button isn't backlit anymore. And it seems like a lot of trouble to fix.
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Old 10-15-2002, 12:20 PM   #3
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so it was originally backlit?
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Old 10-15-2002, 12:33 PM   #4
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I don't remember mine ever being lit. The first time I had to use it it took me a while to even find where it was.
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Old 10-15-2002, 01:16 PM   #5
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it would be nice for it to be backlit, i don't think mine ever was...then again, i've already memorized where everything in the console is so i can hit it without looking at night....
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Old 10-15-2002, 06:40 PM   #6
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Not sure about your car, but the hazards and rear defroster buttons definitely came backlit on an 01RS.
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Old 10-16-2002, 08:22 PM   #7
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The switches are illuminated and the bulbs are replaceable with Radio Shack p/n 7219.
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Old 10-16-2002, 08:36 PM   #8
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avk -- just the answer I needed, thank you very much
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Old 04-18-2007, 12:37 AM   #9
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Is there any trick to taking the switches out of the dash? Both my hazard and defrost button lights have burned out and I'd like to replace the bulbs but don't want to scratch up the dash getting the buttons out.
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Old 04-18-2007, 03:33 PM   #10
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So I answered my own question. Just click in the hazard lights, open the cup holder, and then grab the defroster switch and rock it side to side, it pops right out. Then grab the hazard light switch, push it towards the driver side and it pops right out too.

Unhook the wiring harness, pry the switches open and then replace the tiny light bulbs in their silicon bases with bulb #7219 from radio shack.

Funny thing. These 7219 lightbulbs claim an average life of 10,000 hours. My 01 Impreza has 81,000 miles on it. So if it took 10,000 hours of driving, then I've averaged 8 miles per hour.
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