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Rear defroster repair/Headlight upgrade


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#1 Outbackman

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 07:34 PM

Hi Folks,

I have a 2001 Legacy outback wagon.

Approx. the middle third of the rear window defroster is not working. Is there a DIY repair? I've seen a repair kit in J.C. Whitney for this repair. Just wonder if anyone has tried to repair the defroster.

Also has anyone upgraded the bulbs in their headlights. I just want to switch bulbs not the whole headlight assembly. Any suggestions.

Thanks for your input.

Walt :-\

#2 ron917

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 07:41 PM

For the rear defroster, go to Radio Shack and get a Caig Circuit Writer pen. It's a felt-tipped pen with conductive ink. Patch up the traces on the window as needed.

http://www.radioshac...duct_id=64-4339

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 09:36 PM

Lots of choices on bulbs. Without looking, I don't know which bulb yours takes.

You can get ones like Sylvania ExtraVision (I think that is the name) or SilverStars. A lot of people have been pleased with these. If you want to get bolder, you can increase the wattage. (Note - for offroad use only. :) )

Try something like the SilverStars (or similar) first. Then go from there.

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#4 Panthasoccer4

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 11:26 PM

I used to use the silverstars, but i only got 8 months out of the bulbs because the life is only 150 hours, and 35 bucks a pair is kinda pricey. The problem is compounded by the fact that the low-beam is on all the time because of the daytime running lights. Nevertheless it was substantially brighter at night!

#5 Outbackman

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 12:23 PM

Thanks for the replies.

After searching again I found significant info on another thread. Some people have upgraded their wiring harness. I assume to handle the higher wattage.

Thanks,:) Walt

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 09:31 PM

Hi Folks,

I have a 2001 Legacy outback wagon.

Approx. the middle third of the rear window defroster is not working. Is there a DIY repair? I've seen a repair kit in J.C. Whitney for this repair. Just wonder if anyone has tried to repair the defroster.

Also has anyone upgraded the bulbs in their headlights. I just want to switch bulbs not the whole headlight assembly. Any suggestions.

Thanks for your input.

Walt :-\


Most parts stores (AutoZone, Advanced Auto, etc.) sell a rear defroster grid line repair kit. It's basically a tiny (expensive) bottle of electro-conductive paint that matches the color of the grid lines. I've used this stuff, and it works very well. Just use a test lamp to find the break in the grid line and apply the repair material per the instructions.




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