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Dashboard lights gone
Posted 24 October 2004 - 08:10 PM
This is my first time here, I got to know abou USMB thru google.
My question is, has anyone had a problem with the dashboard lights of a 1994 Legacy 4x4 stattion wagon?
I changed my Subaru radio to a Sony CD-radio today. There were so much wiring so I eventually figured out the always on positive power for the memory and the other positive for the ACC and START key position. It worked fine, but I realised that the dashboard lights are gone off, I checked all the fuses, both inside the cxar and under the hood, all are fine. However, during the installation, I think one of the wires made a spark (probably touched the chassis briefly, althogh this may just be a coincidence that the dash lights don't work now).
The Subaru radio I had was the big thick one, and I think the wiring that goes into it in the back has to do something with the dashboard lights, but not sure.
Anyway, does anyone know or experienced such a situation?
OR would anyone know where I can get the schematic diagram for the dashboard wiring ?
Appreciate all ideas.
Posted 24 October 2004 - 08:45 PM
Posted 24 October 2004 - 08:50 PM
There are 4 more positives and one "nothing". The 4 positivies get power when I put the lights on, but there is this lone wire that is not a + nor a -. DO you think this has to do with the dashboard lights - dimmer?
i had this problem when my nakamichi was installed....did you wire in the dimmer? if not, that may be the problem. mine blew fuses and i remember the fix either involved connecting or disconnecting the dimmer function on the radio.
Posted 24 October 2004 - 08:51 PM
I blew a coule of fuses too. The radio fues and theother was the inside roof lamp. I dunno why this blew since I was doingnothng with it anyway.
Posted 24 October 2004 - 09:32 PM
This was on a 2000 Legacy and I don't know where or if your's is located but just a thought. Common things happen commonly.
Posted 24 October 2004 - 09:34 PM
Posted 24 October 2004 - 09:40 PM
Is replacing the light switch or dimmer easy? Actually I have an older legacy '90 that I can use theswtich from.
Thanks for the info.
Brus Brother, thanks for the idea, but that was the first thing I checked before I started with the fuses and dis-assembling the car. .
Posted 25 October 2004 - 09:58 AM
Yesterday I had this system out on my BMW but I have not done it on a Subaru. I am sure that switch should be fairly easy to change. The BMW has a lighted shifter knob that is famous for shorting out and taking out the reostat which is part of the switch. I gave the shifter knob its own fuse to prevent that.
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