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No running (tail) lights
Posted 06 May 2005 - 02:20 AM
Posted 06 May 2005 - 03:40 AM
If all lights except brake lights are working, I'd guess the problem is the brake light switch--it's located at the top of the brake pedal arm, near the hinge.
And, my friend, if your brake lights aren't working you shouldn't be driving anywhere anytime, night or day.
Hope you find the problem. Quickly.
Posted 06 May 2005 - 04:15 AM
Posted 06 May 2005 - 05:16 AM
Posted 06 May 2005 - 09:40 AM
The "techs" at Subaru probably didn't tell you because they don't get paid for giving free diagnostic services. Frankly, I don't blame them.
Thanks for the help there big guy..
Posted 06 May 2005 - 09:50 AM
To be sure it's the culprit and to see if you can take care of it yourself, try to disconnect the switch near the upper part of the pedal arm (like Olnick wrote) and short the wires. if your brake lights come on, then that's it. Then just buy a new switch - not very costly - that will help you understand what you have to do to replace it. Very intuitive once you've seen the switch.
Posted 06 May 2005 - 09:53 AM
Posted 06 May 2005 - 03:21 PM
Posted 10 May 2005 - 04:22 PM
I have all my light but the RUNNING (tails) lights. I DO have brake lights. My tails wont light until you hit the brakes. Again I feel stupid for the original post.
Posted 10 May 2005 - 06:43 PM
Posted 10 May 2005 - 11:41 PM
When did your problem start--or when did you first notice it? Any electrical work or re-wiring or bulb replacement recently? Could the wiring have gotten crossed or two wires shorted somehow?
Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:18 AM
Posted 11 May 2005 - 11:56 AM
How about the front running lights, are they working?
Yea EVERY light works on my car. The 4 tail lights wont light up unless you hit the brake. Other than that the tail end is dark.
Posted 11 May 2005 - 12:05 PM
A fuse or bulb is the most common, but I have enven seen someone who did not know you had to turn on his light switch to get power to his tailights. God knows how long he ran around on his running lights with no tail. This is why I say to check the manual.
Posted 11 May 2005 - 12:14 PM
In the Main Fuse Box (the one under the hood behind the battery) check Fuse 23, it's a 20 amp.
Under the dash, by your left knee, check Fuse 5 (10 amp) and the "Tail Illumination Relay."
After the under-dash fuse box it should be red wires that feed the tail lights, side marker lights and front clearance lights, all basically the same circuit. I don't pretend to be a wiring genius, but those are the places I'd look first.
Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:30 PM
Posted 12 May 2005 - 03:02 AM
It's a mess of wires, connectors and boxes under there. Look for a mounting board with three small relays in a row across the top. The middle one should be the "Tail Illumination Relay."
Once again . . . good luck!
Posted 12 May 2005 - 03:44 AM
Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:16 AM
When you remove the cover of the interior fuse "box" the board, or backing plate, that the fuses plug into extends higher up--in the direction of the left corner of the windshield (looking from the driver's position.) It's ivory colored plastic in my '95 Legacy.
At the very top of that board is a row of 3 black relays. If Haynes is right, the middle one should be the "Tail Illumination Relay." Could see what looked like a latching mechanism at the base of the relay but couldn't get my fingers in there to release it.
Hope this helps and . . . good luck!
Posted 13 May 2005 - 02:39 AM
Posted 16 May 2005 - 03:17 PM
Posted 16 May 2005 - 03:22 PM
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