Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: SEPA, Glen Mills
Car: Carmel Bronze Outback Premium 2.5 CVT
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We have to start somewhere
Let me state I don't know anything about 08 OB's but some things should be givens. The lights did work when you bought the car, now a dealer says the fuse block is bad. You have not done any under-hood or under-dash wiring for any purpose. If those are not issues, then DRL's in the 08 (here I need help) use the high beam (ala 2011OB) or use the lo beam. In any case they did work? So no lights, no parking, no lo beam, no hi beam and no fogs? Or do any of them work? The Forester (from their forum) the DRL's ran through a relay that selected the DRL resitor or full voltage for lights. There have been discussions about disabling the DRL in various Subaru's. But if the fuses, lights and voltage are measuring OK, and no modding of steering columns has been done. Just remember the Japanese car switches ground. So battery runs through the circuits and a ground turns the circuit on. A "quick and dirty" check would be to (here I state try at your own risk, or get competent help, I will not be responsible for any damages or injuries) using a jumper wire of suitable gauge; one end tied to ground and the other a probe. Carefully trace back from the light bucket towards the firewall. The lights should come on at the bucket with a ground. Not having a schematic or shop manual complicates the troubleshooting. Like I said we have to start somewhere.
Others with more information or to shoot me down are always welcome, the point is to share information and correct misinformation. How about it?
Carmel Bronze 2011 Outback Premium 2.5i CVT, 19mm RSB, OEM tweeters, BSM by SportWing, Llumar Air80 tint, OSRAM H7 65W.