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Old 03-22-2010, 09:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody have the directions for replacing taillight light bulbs in a 2001 Subaru Outback?
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The stop/brake/park and blinker bulbs in the quarter panel?

* Open the boot/trunk, pop off the 2 covers (#16/17 and 19/20 in this picture http://opposedforces.com/parts/legac...llustration_3/).
* Get a 8mm deep socket and undo the 2 nuts - they are on studs and they are about 10mm long - DO NOT drop the nuts, you will more than likely not get them back.
* From the outside of the car, tap the tail light with the palm of your hand backwards - it is held in by a locating clip and "pops" out.
* Undo the 2 phillip's head screws on the harness holder/finisher.
* Take out the bulbs and the lens comes free.
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I just replaced a dim bulb because it wouldn't light up anywhere near bright enough when pressing brake pedal. This was done on the rear driver's side (#1157 I think) in my '01 Ltd OBW... my rear lift gate has small hand-sized access panels. I opened it, push-n-turn bulb to remove, push-n-turn replacement bulb. Ops Check Good.
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Better (brighter!) replacement bulbs are what I want. Anyone?

I've disabled DRL on my 2001 OB and during the daytime I drive with the lights "half" on (just the parking lights I guess).

I've found a few threads dealing with headlights/foglight alternatives but can't seem to find much on taillights, brakelights, reverse lights etc....
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Unless the bulb in the tailights have burnt out, they will all be the same brightness. A bulb is a bulb. Headlights are completely different so you can get brighter ones.
You can get LED replacements but because of the difference in current, you will need resistors to stop the blinkers from blinking fast (they think a globe is out becuase of the low current of the LEDs).
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Unless the bulb in the tailights have burnt out, they will all be the same brightness. A bulb is a bulb. Headlights are completely different so you can get brighter ones.
You can get LED replacements but because of the difference in current, you will need resistors to stop the blinkers from blinking fast (they think a globe is out becuase of the low current of the LEDs).
Dang! One of the few 'upgrades' I might afford..... I was hoping to find some standard bulbs with a bit higher wattage to make them more noticeable during the daytime in particular. Out of luck?

Having said that, I can't even find the bulb types (numbers) for all these parking, tail, reverse, tag lights so I wouldn't know what to order even if it were available....
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They are just plain halogen bulbs. The reverse ones are slightly smaller from memory. There just isnt much point changing globes unless they are busted.

Changing parkers however, is something different. Ive got some white LEDs heading my direction as i type. Especially with HID headlights they change the look of the front of the car nicely - unless you replace with coloured ones which is for Honda Civics with ironing boards on teh back...

Dont be disheartened! ...there are plenty of other small mods you can do which are affordable.
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.... I can't even find the bulb types (numbers) for all these parking, tail, reverse, tag lights so I wouldn't know what to order even if it were available....
Automobile light replacement guide ...

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Even Closer:

http://www.sylvania.com/ConsumerProd...RG-Results.htm

I have bought LED Bulbs from here:

Super Bright LEDs - Brake Light, Turn Light and Tail Light Bulbs

You will need a replacement flasher for the Turn Signals with LED bulbs to keep the flash rate normal.
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Thanks, I printed out that sylvania list.
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