Join Date: May 2008
Location: New England
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2008 Electrical Problem
I have a 2008 Outback w/28.8k miles on it. For the last 18 months, it has been parked in my garage while at home and within a parking garage at work. However, during the last 2 weeks, I have parked it outside as we are moving our winter gear into the garage and summer gear into the shed. It is straight stock with the exception of a Garmin Nuvi that was hard wired installed the 2nd day after the vehicle was purchased.
In the last two weeks, on 3 separate occasions, I've had what appears to be an electrical issue when I start the vehicle. Each time the radio and climate controls would blink on/off intermittenly in a random fashion for approximately two minutes.
The first time I turned off to the side of the road, turned the radio and climante controls off. Then turned them back on and had the same issue. Turned the entire car off, waited a minute and then everything was fine.
2nd and 3rd times, I continued driving, but turned the both controls off waited a minute or so and turned them back on and everything was fine.
As I begin to troubleshoot this issue, I'm wondering if anyone has ever had this happen?
I'm thinking it could be a rodent - we have chipmunks in NH and I have parked outside for the last 2 weeks - but that is a long shot.
The Garmin is working fine and the install was done by a professional and still appears to be solid (no frayed wires, wires are weaved in all over, etc.)