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Old 04-21-2013, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I called a couple auto parts stores (no listings) and did some searching. I'm thinking it's a 168? Any ideas....?
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47 views and nobody knows??? :-O
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Evidently it isn't easy to find.... I looked in the shop manual and all it says is 12V - 1.4W. Remember that the car has to be keyed to "On" or "ACC" for the light to work, I thought mine was bad, but it wasnt.
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A 1.4 W bulb is more likely to have a 5 mm base (like type 74). I would suggest replacing it with an LED so you wouldn't have to change it again.
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Type 74 didn't bring anything up on ebay. I'm wanting to replace it, just trying to find the right one.
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Just search for "bulb 74". But first, remove the old bulb to be sure.
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Just search for "bulb 74". But first, remove the old bulb to be sure.
That's what I would do. Get the old bulb out first, then look to see if it still has the bulb info on it. If so, you should be able to match it up at your local parts store. That's what I did for the gauge cluster bulbs. I couldn't get the blue coated bulbs, but it's no big deal.
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Good advice, duh.... I figured it was too small to see anything on. But it's got a 74 on it. Hard to get that bugger out.
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I'm now wondering if I can fit the map like size bulbs in the doors. Hmmmm

A classmate of mine hooked up his map lights to the dome light. So when you open the door there's a LOT more light in there. The map lights also work with the button as well. I need to ask him how he wired it to do that.
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Evidently it isn't easy to find.... I looked in the shop manual and all it says is 12V - 1.4W. Remember that the car has to be keyed to "On" or "ACC" for the light to work, I thought mine was bad, but it wasnt.
not only the key, but the HEADLIGHTS also must be switched ON (and those dont come on until the switch is in RUN position). I was struggling trying to remove the lgith since i assumed it was blown and its really tightly jammed in there, you have to unscrew the holder from the back of the glovebox, then i took a picture of it which let me look at it at microscopic details and noticed the filament was intact, so just for kicks checked to see if it required the headlights to be on as well and bingo! it was fine.

[at least that's how it works in my Subaru Outback 2002 H6 LLBean]

It boggles the mind that Subaru wired the glovebox lights from the running lights circuit instead of the courtesy light circuit. is it really easier to leave the glovebox open by mistake than it is to leave the push button map lights on?
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