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2004 forester owners! Backlight on steering column switches?

Electrical interior lighting forester

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#1 Jaronwiley



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 06:53 PM

My girlfriend swears that the switches on the steering column (the ones that control the lights and washers) used to light up. The mechanic says that the switches are not back-lit and he can not find wiring for them in the schematics. Please if you own a 2004 forester x please share with me if the switches are back-lit on your vehicle.

#2 Fairtax4me



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 10:55 PM

All the specs for 04.

Illuminated parts include dashboard instrument cluster, stereo, and HVAC controls, trim ring around the ignition key cylinder, and the power window switches in the drivers door.
I have never heard of or seen illuminated headlamp, turn signal, or wiper stalk switches on a Subaru.
Some of the older models had push button headlamp and wiper switches next to the instrument cluster which were backlit similar to the fog light and defroster switches in the Forester.

Is all of the backlighting out? Or perhaps the lighting in the cruise, defrost, and fog light switches? That's fairly common on some of the mid and late 90s Subarus. Not sure if its common for the Forester as well.

Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: Electrical, interior lighting, forester

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