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Old 12-24-2003, 12:24 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how to get to the lights behind the speedometer cluster & HVAC controls? I blew the illumination fuse last night, I dont know how, so I replaced it this morning, still doesnt work, I called Subaru, the guy said I probably blew the lights when I blew the fuse, he said itll cost upwards of $200 to replaces the lights "because it was so time consuming" he said the parts cost around $10, if anyone can tell me how to get to the lights, Ill do it myself, and greatly appreciate it.
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Old 12-24-2003, 12:32 PM   #2
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That fuse shouldn't just blow for no reason. Were you doing any wiring in the car, or do you already have gauges or other accessories connected to that circuit?
I highly doubt that all of your lights are blown, or even if any of them are. Even if they are replacing them won't fix whatever problem is causing the fuse to blow. At this point you're wasting your time removing the cluster to replace bulbs.
I believe your car has an illumination control module that drives the dimmable lights inside the car, it's possible the problem is with that unit.
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Old 12-24-2003, 12:38 PM   #3
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I dont know, the thing is, I turned the car on, lights worked fine, then I needed 2 run inside my house 4 a while, so i turned it off after it was warmed up, then i went back out to start it up 2 go, lights were out, I have no aftermarket guages or anything else wired to that circuit, and I havent done any electrical wireing in the car since July when I put a deck in. Do you know where that dimmer control unit is located? Its not the switch on the steering column is it?
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Old 12-24-2003, 01:14 PM   #4
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No, not the switch on the column, that is just the control for it. I can't say for sure where it is without looking at the service manual for your car (which I don't have), but if you do have one it's probably located under or behind the dash somewhere.
I'd say at this point your best bet is to have a competent shop take a look at it. Don't go to the dealer you called because what they said makes no sense.
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Old 12-24-2003, 01:30 PM   #5
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thanks alot i really appreciate it
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Old 12-24-2003, 03:55 PM   #6
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Did also check all your fuses? More than one could be blown.

The same ckt can run off a number of fuses.

Check, the fuses under the hood as well. I doubt you blew out all the bulbs in the cluster.

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Old 12-24-2003, 11:16 PM   #7
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All the fuses under the hood were fine, I only checked a few in the cockpit, those that would most likely be connected to it, I didnt bother pulling my abs, airbag ect fuses
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Old 12-25-2003, 11:45 AM   #8
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Taillights and parking lights are on the same circuit. If they're still working, the fault has to be with the illumination control.
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Old 12-29-2003, 01:31 PM   #9
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Well I took my car to a specialist, he put a voltimeter? on the circuit that the illumination fuse kept blowing on, he said it was pulling 25 amps on a 10 amp circuit, so now he has to disconnect everything connected to that circuit to find out whats shorted out, should be a nice sized bill
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Can you tell me what happened here? Im having the exact same problem....
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Old 09-24-2004, 10:09 AM   #11
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well, the specialist i took it to found out the illumination wire in the back of my stereo got loose and grounded to the body, shorting everythying on the circuit, he fixed, & it works fine


if u got an aftermarket stereo, check the wireing behind it, or if u got subs or something, check that wireing, trust me, it cost me $360 for this guy to tell me a wire was loose, which, if i had checked it b4 i took it to him wouldve takein me a whole 2 minutes to fix and cost about 25 cents
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When my illumination fuse kept blowing, I disassembled sections of the wiring one at a time and a used new fuses. I bought something like 100 of the small blade ones for $8, so I didn't mind wasting a handful. Disconnect the cluster harnesses, fuse still blew. Disconnect radio harness, same thing, disconnect HVAC, fuse still intact. So I looked at the HVAC stuff, narrowed it down to one harness. Found out when I did the bulb color change, the wire crossed over to the other side and shorted it out.
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