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Our 2018 Outback 3.6R experienced a driver side smoking mirror today. Subaru garage diagnosed it as a short in the approach light module. This short caused a 10 amp fuse to blow (inside fuse box) which also took out our TPMS and the ability to lock/unlock the car with the remote. Oddly....all other functions on the mirror worked fine (adjustment motor, blind spot indicator, turn light indicator) Fortunately still covered under warranty however certainly a concern as a potential fire hazard.

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Our 2018 Outback 3.6R experienced a driver side smoking mirror today. Subaru garage diagnosed it as a short in the approach light module. This short caused a 10 amp fuse to blow (inside fuse box) which also took out our TPMS and the ability to lock/unlock the car with the remote. Oddly....all other functions on the mirror worked fine (adjustment motor, blind spot indicator, turn light indicator) Fortunately still covered under warranty however certainly a concern as a potential fire hazard.
Is your side mirror OEM installed from the factory? The reason I asked because I just swapped my side mirror to auto dimming mirror. Now I'm worrying it could happen to anyone just swapped their mirror.

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This short caused a 10 amp fuse to blow ...
The fuse did its job.
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Yep, not sure how much of a fire hazard it amounts to, but that's a pretty nasty failure you had. First I've seen reported. Probably (hopefully) just an isolated defect.
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Is your side mirror OEM installed from the factory? The reason I asked because I just swapped my side mirror to auto dimming mirror. Now I'm worrying it could happen to anyone just swapped their mirror.
You're in luck..... My mirror was OEM installed from the factory! I would not worry if I were you.... Hopefully my issues was simply an isolated incident....
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Yep, not sure how much of a fire hazard it amounts to, but that's a pretty nasty failure you had. First I've seen reported. Probably (hopefully) just an isolated defect.
Yes....to "hopefully an isolated defect"! It does have me wondering about what affect car washes may have on the mirror electronics considering water enters that area from a variety of angles and with force.

Simply not fun getting up at 6:45a.m. and getting a call from my young resident physician son who had just parked in the hospital parking deck and calls "dad"...... to tell me that there is a lot of smoke coming out of the mirror!!! Dad to the rescue ;-) Simply could only imagine his car catching fire in the parking deck.
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That whole thing should be pretty well waterproofed to handle weather and washing - I have basically the same mirror and it's seen a lot of heavy rain and car washes. Perhaps whatever provides water protection was defective.
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Could be the connector didn't get plugged in all the way originally and that let water get on the contacts.



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