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Old 02-13-2004, 07:55 PM   #1
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When autocrossing, it's a pain in the ass to pull the fuse for the ABS. Sometimes I forget where I put it, or don't put it back in, or whatever. There's that handy little space in the mid-console next to the ebrake where it looks like a subaru factory switch could be mounted. How much of a pain would it be to wire an ABS kill switch?
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Old 02-13-2004, 09:46 PM   #2
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i would imagine you could just trace the wire from the back of the fuse block (the spot were the fuse is)
and just extend the wire to a switch

just my educated guess though
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Old 02-13-2004, 09:56 PM   #3
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Old 02-14-2004, 01:15 PM   #4
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nice. i'm ordering the kill switch!
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Old 02-14-2004, 08:43 PM   #5
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How can you "order" the kill switch? Looks like just basic parts available at the local radio shack...
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Old 02-15-2004, 06:52 PM   #6
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the size of the indentation on the midconsole is the right size to accomodate the kind of switch for the cruise control or the fog lights. you can order replacement switches for those instruments. http://www.subaruparts.com/cart/?pn=83001FA000
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Old 02-16-2004, 05:56 PM   #7
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Id like to do this aswell, but anyone ever think what might happen if you get into an accident and hurt someone? And no i dont mean from lack of ABS, as well all know our ABS can be fairly wacky at times. What i mean is, even if ABS is on, or off, the fact that you have a switch wired inline with the fuse might not be such a good think from a legal stand point. Ie. you lose control of your car due to really bad road conditions or stupidity or what ever... you hit someone elses car and they are hurt... the insurence agency finds out somehow that you have modified the ABS wireing... you lose your coverage and end up paying out the wazoo and end up in court because the other person is sueing ya. I know it sounds a bit far fetched but im sure i will happen to someone eventualy.

Now as a side note, im gona do this mod myself when i get some time
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Old 02-16-2004, 06:53 PM   #8
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that's a pretty thorough insurance company. i've never met anyone in the insurance industry who'd put that much effort into investigating a claim.

Once I hit a deer and slid into a ditch. The insurance company listened to my story, which included the location of the accident, but they never once asked me what i was doing traveling on a dirt road with bald tires.

...come to think of it...what was i doing on a dirt road with bald tires?
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Old 02-16-2004, 07:20 PM   #9
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err, repost

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Old 02-17-2004, 07:12 PM   #10
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lol ya, but im thinking more when someone is hurt, once people get hurt everyone wants to point the finger at someone else, and if there is anyway possible for the insurrence agency to point the finger at you they will. Good point though, im sure im just being way paranoid about it, and ill prob end up doing it myself.
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Old 02-18-2004, 12:25 PM   #11
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the size of the indentation on the midconsole is the right size to accomodate the kind of switch for the cruise control or the fog lights. you can order replacement switches for those instruments. http://www.subaruparts.com/cart/?pn=83001FA000

That number is for the cruise control switch. I don't think you want to use that one because it is a momentary switch. The electrical connections only change when you push the button. You need a latching switch, like the fog light switch.
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Old 04-26-2004, 09:28 PM   #12
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So I've completed the ABS switch mod. Very handy. BUT, not only does my ABS light come on when I switch it off, so does the e-brake light. The mod was as simple as simple can be. I didn't do anything that I shouldn't, (i think). It took me less than 10 minutes.

What could be wrong? I turn off the ABS, BOTH lights come on, I turn on the ABS, they both go off. Help me please.

As a side note, I tested the functionality of the mod and found this: It works. You do not have to bring the car to a complete stop after turning the ABS back on for it to work. Nor do you have to shut the ignition off. I locked the tires up, kept moving, turned the ABS back on, and then stood on them again and the ABS worked like a charm.

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EDIT: for checking this again in my garage and it's like the mod is fooling the car into thinking that the e-brake is pulled. The DRL's go off too!

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Old 04-27-2004, 07:19 AM   #13
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Old 04-27-2004, 09:56 AM   #14
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That's normal. Mine does the same thing if you pull the fuse. As Porter put it - they probably made both lights come on because most people have no clue what "ABS" stands for...

Interestingly enough, the 02 or 03 (forget which) only flashes the ABS light if you pull the fuse.

Odd about the DRL, though.

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Old 04-27-2004, 10:13 AM   #15
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Odd about the DRL, though.

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The DRL's are switched with the parking brake, so if the car thinks the parking brake is on (which seems to be an effect of this switch), the DRL's will turn off.
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Old 04-27-2004, 10:35 AM   #16
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Right, right. I mean - odd that it thinks the parking brake is on. I had my DRL off long before I ever pulled the ABS fuse, so I never noticed this behavior.

It's probably just some odd shortcut in wiring/circuitry the designers went through.

I don't think it'll hurt anything, though. Everything seems to work normally if the parking brake is on, EXCEPT for the DRLs.

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Old 09-13-2004, 04:36 PM   #17
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This thread started a long time ago, but it has happened to me. My e-brake light kept coming on when I was driving, so I went in the mid-console and disconnected that three pin connector (red, white, and black wires) and accidently broke that piece of plastic it was plugged into, now today when I was driving around my "abs" light came on, I need help in fixing this, anyone know how to disable this without turning OFF abs?
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Old 09-13-2004, 04:48 PM   #18
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Do you realize that the probable reason your brake light was coming on while driving is that your brake fluid level is low? I suggest you check it.
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Old 09-13-2004, 05:16 PM   #19
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it's just fine right now, I don't understand. The level is full, and there is no leaks by my pads or coming out of lines or calipers? Any other suggestions?
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Old 09-13-2004, 05:29 PM   #20
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I may just bring it into Subaru, what do you think?

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Old 09-13-2004, 05:29 PM   #21
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Old 09-13-2004, 05:41 PM   #22
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You can edit that post using the edit button on the post...
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