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hello, I am new to this forum and to Subarus. I just bought a '99 Impreza Outback Sport. It's hard to drive at night because most of the tiny bulbs that light up switches like the cruise control and the backlights for the heater and AC are burned out. While at a wrecking yard for other parts I tried to find bulbs, but almost all of them are burned out. There is supposed to be an old sticky to a thread on this, but I can't get it to load. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Hello. Spanking new to this forum. I'm doing minor restoration to 1996 Impreza I bought for $600 (only 90K miles!). Basically, I'm detailing/major cleaning of interior. With much much difficulty I pulled the instrument cluster out in order to replace all the bulbs, some of which were burnt out. This model has a nasty mechanical speedometer/odometer cable rather than a wiring harness like newer models, plus (at least in my experience) there is hardly any slack at all within which to twist & tilt the instrument cluster unit. My wrists are all scratched up from trying, and I actually broke one of the clear plastic tabs keeping the clear lens aligned. Dash lights are green as usual, but the "mechless" stereo unit I installed (BOSS) has an intense blue display. I'm changing the dash lights to blue to appear more consistent. I'm replacing the instrument backlights with LEDs from http://superbrightleds.com but haven't chosen specific products (e.g. T-5s and T-10s) yet. Figured while I have it pulled out I'd do this since once the dashboard is back in place I am not removing it again! Dash lights are green as usual, but the "mechless" stereo unit I installed (BOSS) has an intense blue display. I'm changing the dash lights to blue LEDs to appear more consistent. My Problems: At night, there is absolutely no backlighting etc. for the 4-way mirror controls, and the 4 pwr window switches. The engineers kindly added "bumps" to the driver's side door --in order to feel where the window controls are-- but it'd be so much more convenient (and safer) if those 4 switches were illumined in some fashion. I haven't pulled the bezel (for windows switches/door latch) but I doubt they are backlit. They didn't put in a low-fuel warning light, so why do the other useful things. I am adding a lamp or two in order to dimly shine onto the window switch panel and onto the mirror control panel. Like tiny spotlights, but of a low intensity as to not distract the driver. I just want the driver to see where they are at night, rather than feeling around for a few seconds with one's left hand. I have locations staked out for positioning these & will be installing the corresponding socket bases. My Question: I think I know where I can draw power from (there is an unused, brown wiring harness next to the emergency flashers push on/off switch, apparently for an accessory never included on this particular model. Maybe I can run a lead from that, but that presents its own issue: it has 4 contacts, instead of the convenient positive/negative. Does any know how I can 1)properly get power to these new bulbs, and 2)connect them in such a way so they dim along with the instrument cluster lights? BTW I'm buying dimmable LEDs. I guess I'm looking for an electrical schematic rather than trial & error and screwing everything up. I can't seem to get my hands on a repair manual so old, which probably would have a diagram or something I could refer to.
Low Beams Subaru 2011 3.6R
alejandroreyes posted a topic in Meet n' Greet. Your USMB Welcome CenterHello everyone, I am new to Subaru. Recently I changed the low beam bulb for a more powerful H7 and what happened is that the low beams do not illuminate the road; they seem to be going to the sides. The right hand side to the right and the left hand side to the left and not very far, so the center of the road is not lit up, I took it to the Subaru dealer with no change in the light pattern. I would appreciate your comments as to what is happening and how to solve the problem. Thanks, Alejandro
Hi All !!! I use to Drive too much during Night Times, sometimes during huge Rainstorms. To drive on the Roads at Night's Deeps can be Dangerous due to the many problems we got on our Developin' country, like Huge Potholes on the Roads, not enough Signals, Some Roads are just Ground (no Pavement at all) and many beasts (Like Cows, Horses, Donkeys, and Drunk Drivers) are ussually Crossing the Roads very fast without any care... (Yes, Honduras is called "The Alice Country" due to its "Wonderland" Features ) ...so, a Good Light Beam is Really Necessary here, to reach your destination alive. Sometime ago I've posted about Changin' the 9004 Halogen Bulbs (Ussually 45 Watts Low / 65 Watts High - Wider Range) with 9104 Bulbs (80 W Low / 100 W High - Larger Range) See this comparison Photo for Reference: But they became scarce here, as many Good Quality Parts... now only low quality chinese parts are widely avaliable. So, this is the Light Pattern I have on my Subie, using: ► the Headlamps on Low: ► the Headlamps on High: ► High Beams + the Under Bumper Halogens: So, You clearly notice that the Under Bumper Halogens are Much More Brighter than the Headlamps. I use Flösser 100 Watts Bulbs on the Under Bumper Halogens, also the HeadLamps' bulbs are suppossed to be rated at the same 100 Watts too... but Under Bumper ones are really Much Brighter, big Difference. I've Already Checked the Connectios, Relays, etc ... every single Thing is just Fine, so I think that those 9104 Bulbs (or 9004) aren't really Enough for those huge Headlamps ... I don't Like that the Under Bumper Small Halogens gives me the only "Good Visibility" for the Road, as the main HeadLamps are weak. But that seems to be normal on those 9004 / 9104 Headlamps if you Compare their Brightness with Modern Standards, even with the more common H4 halogen bulbs. By the way, the Later EA82 Subarus, featured H4 Halogen bulbs instead the lousy 9004, also their headlamps' Housing is Plastic, despite of keeping the Glass lense; but that is in our LADM (Latin American Domestic Market) Specs Subarus, those were not offered in USDM. Let me show ya: But to Swap my 9004 Headlamps with H4 Headlamps, is very expensive. So: Time to Upgrade to H.I.D.'s ? I Don't wanna Hurt anybody's eyes with Extra Illumination Power on the Main HeadLamps, so if I go H.I.D, I'll Adjust 'em to the Best; I think I Really Need that Extra Power, for Safety. So, here goes the Questions: ► If I Will Do the H.I.D. Conversion, Which Kind of Light Colour is Better? I Really Dislike Blue Coloured Light, 'cos it Seems to be "Absorved" by the Wet Pavement... Too Dark to be Safe, so: 6500K, 8000K? ► Here in the Market are easier to Find 6000K Kits ... They seems to be not too Blue, around "White" ... What do you Think about? ► If I Do the Conversion, I Will Need more Space to Place the Ballasts, so the Overfill Plastic Tank for the Radiator, Should be Moved... Any Advice? Any other Idea / Suggestion \ Advice is Welcome! Thank you, Kind Regards & Blessings.