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#259 of 587 Subaru 98 Instrument panel lights
Jan 08, 2007 (11:01 am)
I own a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback. When I bought it (used) the airflow control panel buttons are not lit at night. I just assumed it was normal but now I"m wondering if there should be lights under there? There are lights on the radio controls and the gauges all light up. If there are supposed to be lights in there, is there an easy way for me to fix it or is it dealer only? If someone has done this before could you please let me know or e-mail me AmarookJuno.com Thanks!
#260 of 587 Re: Subaru 98 Instrument panel lights [shadowfire2]
Jan 08, 2007 (11:07 am)
They are supposed to be lit but tend to be the first set of lights to go out. Somewhat difficult to replace, but doable. Some owners here have done it (though not I - I preferred to just memorize their location and not worry about illumination). At 220K on my car, none of the lights worked except the defroster, 1/2 of the radio, and all but the fuel gauge's backlight on the instrument cluster.
#261 of 587 Re: Subaru 98 Instrument panel lights [xwesx]
Jan 08, 2007 (11:21 am)
Thanks for the answer- Does anyone have directions as to how to fix the lights, if I get up the ambition???
#262 of 587 Re: Subaru 98 Instrument panel lights [shadowfire2]
Jan 09, 2007 (8:23 am)
I just changed the same bulbs on my '96. Start by releasing the temp. cable on the rt lower side of dash at the heater box, then unscrew the bezel around the radio & heat controls, the screws are behind the cup holder. Now remove the heater control & unscrew the bulbs. there is a cover that needs to be removed also on the back of the control head to gain access to the bulbs. It sounds harder than it is, it didn't take more than 15-20 minutes. Is the hazard switch supposed to light up? I think I have a bulb out there too.
#264 of 587 just changed my head light and blinking lights won't go off
Dec 19, 2006 (12:41 pm)
1996 outback I changed my driver head light and had to remove my battery to do so. I put everything back togeather and the light works fine but my blinkers go on and off intermitinly with a cliching sound my radio blinks also. I cleaned the crossion of the battery and cleaned both tremonals. also the blinker on my dash are not on. dose anyone have an idea. thanks
#265 of 587 Re: just changed my head light and blinking lights won't go off [bonorth]
Dec 19, 2006 (3:20 pm)
Do you have the optional remote door locks / alarm? If so, that is it. There should be a reset button located on the left kick panel a up under the dash (behind the hood release area). The owner's manual should also mention the reset steps... I think!
#266 of 587 Re: just changed my head light and blinking lights won't go off [bonorth]
Dec 28, 2006 (8:20 am)
Not sure about the 96, but the 98 and newer ones that i own require that when the battery is disconnected and the parking lights start flashing, you can turn them off by simply cycling the door locks with the remote. HOWEVER, that flashing is an indication that the computer has lost its memory. The procedure is to start the car (no AC, lights, defrosters etc.) and allow it to reach operating temperature (i typically allow the fans to turn on at least once) WITHOUT touching the throttle or anything else for that matter!!! When the fans turn on, the computer should be happy and you can then turn the car off (again, without touching anything else mentioned above!). The car is ready to drive normally now when restarted.
I believe eventually the car will re-learn itself if this procedure is not followed, but not exactly sure. Easy to do and I recommend it anytime the battery is disconnected long enough to start the lights flashing.
#267 of 587 Re: just changed my head light and blinking lights won't go off [albertth]
Dec 29, 2006 (11:32 am)
That is why I find this situation strange. I have a '96 and I have never had a "flashing light" situation. And, there have been plenty of times when I have had it apart long enough to reset the ECU - the two times I had the engine pulled not withstanding.
Anyway, considering no response thus far from the original poster, all must be well.
#268 of 587 Re: just changed my head light and blinking lights won't go off [bonorth]
Jan 12, 2007 (9:41 am)
Lock/unlock a few cycles with your keyless. Should fix it.