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03 Outback proper headlight behavior question


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#1 CNY_Dave

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 08:31 AM


            OK, I just want to confirm-

On other gen 2s (mine is an '03 outback), do the low beam filaments stay
on when the high-beams are selected, or do I have a stuck relay?
       


#2 Legacy777

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:48 PM

I edited your topic title so it's a little clearer.

 

What bulb are you running, H4's?



#3 CNY_Dave

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 07:02 PM

Was the way they behaved when I bought the car with 55k miles- low beam filament stays on with the high beams.



#4 Legacy777

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 12:22 PM

I don't think the low beams should stay on....but hopefully someone with an 00-04 Legacy/Outback can confirm.



#5 bluedotsnow

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 12:34 PM

who wants to burn your eyes trying to figure it out? not me! if its bright with normal lights then brighter with your brights..... I think its working fine..... the best way to keep your bulbs fresh it to use only for extended periods of time and never "flash" your lights this momentarily heats/cools your lights and unevenly heats the filament causing it to stretch making a weak point where it will eventually fail.   



#6 CNY_Dave

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 12:57 PM

Low-beam on with high-beams is bad because the near bright wash of light drowns out the further off dim returning light.

 

I just want to be sure it's just not a stuck relay before i set out to make it work properly (lows off with highs).



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:30 AM

Which headlights does your car have? If I'm not mistaken, all Outbacks of that generation should have the dual bulb headlights. On every Legacy GT/Outback I've seen with these, the low beams did stay on when the highs come on. I've seen a few where one low beam was burnt out, and that side looked kinda funny with just the high beam bulb lit compared to the other side with both. 



#8 Gloyale

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 08:17 PM

Yeah it's like the old Quad 4 setup on old DL's and 2nd gen EA cars.

 

Lows stay on with the Highs.

 

Also lows will be on as DRL anytime engine running with park brake off.






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