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#37 of 139 Interior Lights and Headhlights Dimming and flickering
Nov 14, 2007 (10:12 am)
I just purchased a 2002 Subaru Forester that has a couple symptoms I am worried about. It appears as though my interior lights have a slight flicker to them. This is most noticeable when I am idoling. Similarly, when driving and I release the gas peddle and press the brakes (so the rpm's drop), it appears as though my headlights dim or flutter for a brief second. Any thoughts on what this might be or steps to correct would be greatly appreciated.
#38 of 139 Re: Interior Lights and Headhlights Dimming and flickering [chihigbee]
Nov 14, 2007 (11:19 am)
I wonder if the previous owner installed an underdrive pulley? That spins the alternator at a slower-than-normal rate.
#39 of 139 Re: Interior Lights and Headhlights Dimming and flickering [chihigbee]
Nov 14, 2007 (9:23 pm)
Probably needs an alternator in it.
#40 of 139 Re: Interior Lights and Headhlights Dimming and flickering [paisan]
Nov 14, 2007 (10:53 pm)
Thanks! I'll look into the alternator.
#41 of 139 Re: Interior Lights and Headhlights Dimming and flickering [paisan]
Nov 15, 2007 (8:40 am)
mike - it could also be a slipping belt, no?
Check the belt tension first. Also inspect the belt for aging.
#42 of 139 Re: Interior Lights and Headhlights Dimming and flickering [ateixeira]
Nov 15, 2007 (9:14 am)
It could be a slipping belt, however you would hear a high-pitch screeching in general if it were a belt.
#43 of 139 Re: Interior Lights and Headhlights Dimming and flickering [paisan]
Nov 15, 2007 (9:22 am)
#44 of 139 Blinkers work and don't work
Nov 20, 2007 (3:57 pm)
I have a 99 Subaru Forester. A couple weeks my blinkers started acting up. Sometimes they would work, and sometimes they wouldn't. I figure I would check the fuse, but there's no fuse that says 'blinkers', so I couldn't tell which one to check. They were working fine until today they just stopped working; didn't work at all during the day. As I was driving home and had to make a right turn, out of courtesy, I figure I should at least do my Hazzard lights. Well, they didn't work either! I thought great! There's a fuse labelled 'Hazzards', so I'll find it. The fuse was fine, not burnt, but I replaced it anyway. I also check all the ones that had a light connected to them, and all were OK. Now, all of the sudden, my hazzards work again, but my blinkers still don't. It seems to me more than just a fuse problem; should I take it in to a shop?
#45 of 139 Clock Light
Nov 22, 2007 (2:58 pm)
My son has an '02 Forester. The clock works, but the light is goes on and off. I figure its a loose bulb and/or bad ground. Does anyone have experience with this problem or opening up the clock housing to get to the wiring?
#46 of 139 Re: Clock Light [vtdog]
Nov 23, 2007 (11:03 am)
Not sure about the '02, but I have a '99, and the USERS MANUAL has instructions on how to take the light housing apart. Have you checked there?