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Old 09-18-2005, 03:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

My neighbor came over to tell me tonight that my 05 Subaru Outback's lights were on. I went out to see the running lights did not shut off when I turned the car off. The auto headlights are off, but not the running lights. I tried numerous things like checking the doors, e-brake, etc... no luck.

I finally researched and found fuse #14 on the inside panel controls them so I pulled the fuse to keep from ruining the battery. This sounds like a relay is stuck to me, but just htought I would ask to see if anyone else has experienced this.

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Old 09-18-2005, 06:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I assume what you mean when you say "day time running lights" are the parking lights on the corners of the car, not the headlights. (The normal definition of DRLs are the headlights being on during any time the car is running-day or night.)

Check on top of your steering column for a small switch that is easily activated, but not real obvious when it is cycled. It turns the parking lights on/off. This should also be described in your owners manual, as well.

When I attended the "new owner orientation" my dealership held when I bought my '03 Outback, they stressed this as something that frequently happens and most people don't read the manual so they don't know about it. Subaru does it different than most manufacturers, for some reason.

Hope this helps.
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Yes, I did mean the parking lights. I had forgotten that switch on the steering column. I need to go out into the parking lot and check this out. I may have bumped it. I sure hope this is it, because I was not planning on spending my Monday at the dealer's.

Thanks for the help I really appreciate your response. I will post if that was the problem or not.

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Old 09-19-2005, 03:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sure enough I had bumped that switch when I reset my odometer.

Thanks for the help!

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Old 09-19-2005, 03:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally posted by BlackonBlack
thought I would ask to see if anyone else has experienced this.

Thanks!
this is probably the most asked question about subarus ever.
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I'd guess the second-most-frequent question would then be "Why did they do this?"
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Old 11-14-2005, 01:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Over 6K hits and climbing

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3661

I think the second most common question (other than why have a parking lamp switch)

Is this one:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5353
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I think it's time for me to change the title of this thread so people don't think it refers to DRLs...

(edited to add) I made it a "sticky" so it will always be at the top of the list in the Electrical forum.
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Old 11-14-2005, 07:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Smart move (pun intended)
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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In answer to the reason why you have this switch....

Because they are park lights. PARK being the ooperative word. You are supposed to flick the switch when you park in a hazardous area so your car is very easily seen and can be avoided.

Obviously the majority of people never use this function except for myself I guess....kind of have to in my area as I live rigght on a blindspot with no street lighting.
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