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#97 of 169 2004 Outback LL Bean Edition Electrical Problems
Feb 09, 2009 (8:43 pm)
Purchased the car a year ago and have replaced the alt. and 3 batteries. Took it to the Subaru dealership and they can't find what's wrong. The car will run for up to 3 months after the last battery was replaced. The car sat for 3 days, went out to leave for work and it's dead. The gauges won't even show on the console. It's been to 3 different mechanics, they suggested to not jump start the car but have it towed to the dealership so they can see what's wrong. Did that...twice and still can't find it. Anyone else have any problems like this?
#98 of 169 Re: 2004 Outback LL Bean Edition Electrical Problems [lkelly4]
Feb 19, 2009 (9:10 am)
Hmm, how about a battery tender? May be worth the investment.
Something is draining it dangerously low and affecting battery life.
#99 of 169 ACC flashing on time/temp display
May 30, 2009 (1:35 pm)
My 2006 Outback has something draining the battery when it sits. About 4 months ago I was having weird electrical issues with the speedometer and the odometer was flashing an SP ER message and the time/temp display would flash "ACC" then change to Err. The dealer replaced the battery. The ACC flashing was still there but the car seemed to function fine. Now the battery is draining when it sits and the car needs to be jumped after sitting a while or if driven for only a short trip. The dealer now says they don't know what the problem is. I do have an after market remote start but that has been in the car for more than 2 years.
Does anyone know what the "ACC, Err" flashing display means. The dealer says they don't which I find disconcerting.
#100 of 169 Re: ACC flashing on time/temp display [lcoombs738]
May 30, 2009 (9:37 pm)
I would love to know if you have any replies to this question. I have a 2004 Outback with similiar problems when it sits for more than a day, the battery is drained. It's been to 2 dealerships and 3 other mechanic, one who specializes in electrical problems and no one can find the problem. I've researched tech docs from Subaru and can't find anything either.
#101 of 169 Re: ACC flashing on time/temp display [lcoombs738]
Jun 01, 2009 (12:28 pm)
It sounds to me like you have a short somewhere. SP ER means the speed sensor is either not working or is providing bogus input. I suspect that the display is probably having trouble as well due to the MPG readout, etc., that is tied in to the speed sensor circuit.
It might be useful to check the wiring on the aftermarket remote start to ensure that there are no loose/corroded connections. Just because it worked properly to start, does not mean something has not come loose since then.
#102 of 169 Re: Headlight issue on my 2003 Outback Wagon... [b_myers]
Oct 16, 2009 (6:35 am)
Did you every get an answer to your problem, as I just bought a 2007 wagon, it passed the safety inspection, then in the rain the front left headlight stopped working.
#103 of 169 Re: Headlight issue on my 2003 Outback Wagon... [starbird]
Oct 16, 2009 (8:28 am)
Low beam , high beam or both?
Low beam out may be just a bulb problem..daylight running lights use up filaments fairly fast. I just had to replace one on my 2005 3.0R. Replacing both left and right at the same time (if the bulb is the problem) is a good idea.
#104 of 169 2000 Subaru Outback Electrical Issues
Oct 17, 2009 (6:58 am)
Yesterday when I was driving in the rain, I noticed my wipers were going slower than normal. Thoughout the drive, my radio would turn off, the speedometer and tachometer stopped working, the abs light came on and the wipers slowed down even more; but the car never lost power. After about 1-3 minutes, the car would go back to normal and about 5 minutes later would start the cycle again. This went on for the entire drive (30 miles).
#105 of 169 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Electrical Issues [jfpb1965]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 17, 2009 (10:04 am)
I'd check your battery/alternator charging system for openers. Get that out of the way before you plunge into electrical diagnosis.
#106 of 169 Re: Headlight issue on my 2003 Outback Wagon... [starbird]
Oct 19, 2009 (7:59 pm)
in my case a brake light had shorted and melted the light bulb itself, somehow. maybe check the bulb and socket for damage? short may be due to water splashing up.