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Old 07-01-2004, 12:48 AM   #1
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hey guys well i bought my car used and the foglights worked lol... well 3 days old and they dont turn on ????~~~!!!

Me = NOT HAPPY

could this just be a fuse problem ? and if so does anybody know what fuse? not only do they not turn on, but inside the car the light for the fog's doesn't turn on (the lil orange bar above the green light icon) -that's why i think it is a fuse... but like which fuse would that be? And is it a fuse or not cuz im really not sure...
and i don't wanna rip apart the dash checking fuses if I'm not sure what i'm lookin for lol..

if it helps i have a voltmeter... so if i need one to check the fuses... just lemme know what I have to do.

-Thnx guys
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:26 AM   #2
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check the fuse. It's in the dashboard. Pull out the change holder to the left of the steering wheel. Just open it, lift up, & wiggle it out. On the back is a chart that tells you what all of the fuses are for. You may need pliers to pull out the fuse, but be gentle. Then just look at the filament, if it is busted, you need a new fuse.
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Old 07-01-2004, 11:10 AM   #3
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yea i can tell when it's busted if their the same design as older cars... fixed COUNTLESS of those

thnx alot man
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Old 07-01-2004, 02:57 PM   #4
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Have to ask this stupid question, since you just got the car- are you aware that the fogs will only work when the low beams are on?
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Old 07-01-2004, 07:08 PM   #5
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Assuming you know the answer to mulders question another possibility is the fog light relay may be missing. This is located in a relay blank directly to the right of the fuse box under the coin holder. The dash panel has to be removed to see it but no need to disconnect the wiring to it. If you din't know the answer to mulders question then don't feel bad. Subaru has a few other quirks waiting for you.
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:00 PM   #6
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well i knew about the low beams having to be on so thats not it...
I've tried EVERY light combination lol... so yea that problem is solved... i took down the fuse box today and noticed that there is a 30 fuse where there is sposed to be a 15 on the foglights one... there is also a few more that are higher than they are sposed to be.... Is it possible that maybe this could be part of the security system ? ( the difference in each fuses 'power') because it has aftermarket system... the Viper 790xv

Is anyone elses like that ? (diff. voltage or w.e its measured in?)

and like i said they DID work when i bought it a week ago or so...

so could that still be the dash panel prob. that brunetj is talkin bout or not ?

-- all the fuses were NOT blown btw

-- so that's not the prob. unless the voltage diff. is it...
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:04 PM   #7
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the fuses should only be run at what is recommended in the manual. it is actually pictured on the back of the change holder as well.

if you are running to large of a gauge fuse it can cause things to act sparaticly or not at all

and the aftermarket alarm system should not be the reason for the bigger fuses. if it is, it was installed wrong
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:21 PM   #8
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Having higher than the proper rating fuses installed is a red flag. This indicates that someone may have been trying to solve a problem by putting bigger fuses in rather than tracking down an overcurrent condition and fixing it properly. Or, they may have added aftermarket equipment to those circuits and upped the fuse ratings to compensate, instead of running independent power wiring and fusing it properly.
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:23 PM   #9
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yea i was following the fuse pictures on the back of change box

...and the MAIN fuse box under the hood ? anything have to do with my problem in there?

man lol i feel so illitereate... cuz they worked and then all of a sudden... not
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:25 PM   #10
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and noticed that there is a 30 fuse where there is sposed to be a 15 on the foglights one... there is also a few more that are higher than they are sposed to be.... Is it possible that maybe this could be part of the security system ?
I would suspect that there is an electrical problem somewhere. They tried to fix the problem by using higher rated fuses..I would
put in the proper rated fuses and see what else happens.
The security system ties into the car wiring in several places. I would try to locate the main power going to the alarm and then disconnect it. Any aftermarket install would be a likly suspect with me. Locate the alarm and look for any inline fused wires going into it. Disconnect the connector. Then put in properly rated fuses and see what happens.
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:28 PM   #11
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I guess what i am saying above is forget the fog light problem for a little while.See what else is wrong and then try to isolate the problem.
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Old 07-01-2004, 09:43 PM   #12
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ok thnx

i took a voltmeter to the plugs going into the foglights... and i got 11.98 volts... is that normal... i mean now that i KNOW there is power going to them im starting to think that it is the lights/bulbs themselves? or am i totally wrong?
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