Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Odessa, FL
Car: 2000 Subaru Outback 'Limited' , 4-cylinder 2.5 liter, Automatic Trans, 4 door coupe
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Hello All. After reading all the posts and looking at BoarderM's pictures I headed back into the garage to do battle. After an hour of being a pretzel and not being able to see much up in there I called it quits for the night. Today I swallowed my pride and went to the dealership. The tech started out using the wiring diagrams in the service manual but they didn't help much as everything he touched worked except for the gauges, odometer, gear selector light and turn signals. NOTE 1: the 2000 Outback (sedan model(sas?) uses the 2001 wiring diagram NOT the 2000 diagram - who would have known?? Seeing this was getting him nowhere he then removed the gray under dash trim piece = 2 plastic pins on the lhs and one screw underneath. He then removed the "h" metal piece now seen directly in the middle that has an electronics module on it. He then removed the trim piece with the cruise control, fog lamp and other switch. Now the area was opened up so he could get a good look in there. Using the picture provided by BoarderM follow the BLUE plug from the underdash fuse panel up to the metal bracket/support piece shown in his pics that is the area where 2 of my wires were shorted and burned. In order to prevent this from happening again follow the bundle up a little further and it is held in place by a plastic 'tyrap'. The tech cut the tyrap and pulled a little on the bundle to get some slack. NOW the wires are NO WHERE NEAR that metal bracket. He butt spliced two wires back together, wrapped with electrical tape and put everything back together and we were done. MORAL of story, IF you smell or see any smoke coming from under the dash head right to that area and check that wire bundle. Look very closely especially for an arc/carbon residue on the metal and then follow to the wires. He said that area is where the majority of their shorting problems are/did happen. NICE TO KNOW.. ANYWAY, THANK YOU to all who responded and hope my final msg on this topic will help anyone else out. Til Later..