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#8 of 21 Subaru electrical problem with gauges shutting off
Oct 06, 2009 (10:00 am)
I have a 2003 Subaru Baja which upon hitting the slightest of bumps my gauges turn completely off. Then my security light comes on and I lose my turn signals. I thought that I only lost the blinker on the inside, but come to find out I lose even the outside turn signals. Then the engine light comes on but will go out usually once the car is turn off and restarted. This has been going on for almost a week now. I'm new to this site and wonder if anyone else has had this problem.
#9 of 21 Re: Subaru electrical problem with gauges shutting off [dpitt72]
Oct 06, 2009 (12:23 pm)
Sounds like it may be a wiring harness connector that is coming loose, or perhaps you have a loose ground.
#10 of 21 Re: Subaru electrical problem with gauges shutting off [dpitt72]
Oct 06, 2009 (5:02 pm)
If I were you - I would start with the grounds. (I do this to EVERY automobile I own)
As I recall, my Baja has about 7 ground-points under the hood that I cleaned-up.
This is essentually the process I use (1 ground at a time)
1) Remove holddown screw
2) Use dremel-tool, file, wire-brush (whatever) to clean up the eyelets.
3) Also clean up the point on the body so it is shiny-clean
Another thing I did is remove-reseat (several times) every relay in the relay-box under the hood.... again, this action cleans up the connections.
Another thing that is recommended is to clean-up the charging wire.
1)The battery MUST be disconnected to perfrom this. (remove negative wire)
2)locate large red wire that connects to alternator (this wire goes direct to battery +)
3)Remove the nut holding thie wire down
4)Clean up eyelet and connection-point
5)reassemble... make this pretty tight
6)Reconnect battery (connect negative wire)
This may not help your problem... but it is VERY good preventive-maintenance.
DISCLAIMER: If you are not comfortable with any of the above... do not attempt. (But I assume you would not be asking here if you were not expecting to DO something)
#11 of 21 all speakers stopped working
Oct 16, 2009 (8:13 am)
I have a 2003 Baja. A few years ago I lost my front speakers. I only listen to AM radio, so it never bothered me that much to have it looked at. Then about a year ago, I lost the rear passenger, so I was down to the rear driver only. From time to time, all speakers would work for a day or 5 minutes or somewhere in between. And from time to time my only other rear would work. The other strange thing is I noticed that my driver side window will only roll down by itself (when I tap the window open button) when the front speakers are working. When only the rear speakers were working I would have to hold the window down button the duration of opening the window.
Anyway, today while driving to work, I lost my driver rear speaker, so now I have nothing. Radio has power. I assume it's a wiring issue. Anyone have any suggestions where I should start?
#12 of 21 Re: all speakers stopped working [jimerwin]
Oct 16, 2009 (8:21 am)
I suspect a connector or ground(or two!), given the issue with the driver window as well. Where to start? Not sure about that one...
#13 of 21 2003 Baja radio
Oct 07, 2010 (1:17 pm)
I need to remove the radio from my 03 Baja. Would appreciate either instructions on how to do it or where to find the info.
#14 of 21 Re: 2003 Baja radio [jwparks53]
Oct 08, 2010 (9:55 am)
Should be like my old 02 Legacy. Similar interior.
I started at the center arm rest and worked forward.
Think I found pics on scoobymods, do a Google search for 2000-2005 Legacy stereo install, something like that.
There's no way you'll find Baja - the model was far less common.
#15 of 21 Re: 2003 Baja radio [jwparks53]
Oct 10, 2010 (10:35 pm)
Just replaced the deck in my Baja. I bought the wiring harness from crutchfield, they included a handy installation guide for free on how to remove the stereo and speakers. Included photos! A real time saver. It wasn't 100%, but very close.
If you're replacing the radio, I recommend ordering the harness from them, not only was the price reasonable, you can't beat good instructions!
Recommend a good extension driver & retrieval magnet, getting to some of those screws on the mount can be challenging - especially when putting it all back together. Also need a really short phillips.
Loosing my left front speaker though, the diaphragm keeps sticking to the magnet. At least now know know how to get to it.
#16 of 21 Re: 2003 Baja radio [subino]
Oct 12, 2010 (8:31 am)
Yeah, I got a stereo from them for my 93 Miata, also got the harness. Like you said, worked on the first try, despite lots of wires.
#17 of 21 Parking Light (tail lights) stay on
Oct 03, 2012 (6:49 pm)
I have a 2006 Baja sport. Quite happy with this Subaru but today the parking light / tail lights stay on. Only way to shut them off is to unhook the battery. Any suggestions? Thanks, Tom