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Old 10-18-2005, 05:54 PM   #1
ArtechnikA
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Default '97 Outback "mode" buttons lighted?

car was out of service a long time and now i just don't remember...
the "mode" button panel - to control where the ventilation fans blow and the defrost switch is - is that (supposed to be) lighted?

the Haynes manual makes it look like there oughtta be a light back there, but my panel is dark. before i go pulling that panel to look for a possibly non-existant blub, i thought i'd ask the assembled masses.

i can't imagine the feds would allow a (modern-ish) vehicle without a lighted defrost switch, but ya never know. and since it's been a while, i don't have all the buttons' positions memorised by touch yet...

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Old 10-19-2005, 12:46 PM   #2
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It's supposed to be lighted, yes, and yours is probably burnt out.

Happened to mine a while back, I just haven't felt like replacing the bulb as it looks like it'd be a pain to get to.

I know I've seen instructions on bulb replacement somewhere around, try looking around Nasioc, maybe scoobymods, maybe the USMB.

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Old 10-19-2005, 01:31 PM   #3
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thanks. i need to pull the fascia anyway, to find out why my radio reception is so sucky (was fine with the OEM radio, the spiffy Blaupunkt replacement is very weak...) so i'll pull the button panel then and be done with it all.

thanks again. i was beginning to think '97 Outbacks got no respect here. i'd reply to your question if i knew the answer, but i don't, sorry...
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Old 10-19-2005, 03:22 PM   #4
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did you make sure the antenna was connected correctly on the replacement stereo?
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Old 10-19-2005, 03:33 PM   #5
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i thought so at the time - it didn't appear to be any different from other antennas i've plugged into replacement radios through the years. but i'm 100% sure i can't fix it from this side of the fascia, so i'll have to get in there and see just what's up.

it had adequate sensitivity for the radio station i used to listen to in NV, and now that it's just recently back in service, i've been catching up on some CD's...

with winter coming, the 911 i had been driving every day is put away and i'm really looking forward to having the Subie available now...
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Old 10-19-2005, 06:21 PM   #6
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thanks again. i was beginning to think '97 Outbacks got no respect here.
We don't Some Impreza owners forget Subaru makes other models. But it is nasIoc after all, so I can't complain.

Let us know if you have success in fixing the light on the HVAC buttons, thanks. I'm quite sure I've seen instructions on that before, it might have been in the context of changing the colors though, rather than fixing a burnt out one. You'd be amazed how much info is out there, it's just a matter of finding it.

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