08 O.B. radio/hvac control lighting prob. - Subaru Outback - Subaru Outback Forums
 14Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average.
post #1 of 81 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
unit5alive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: latrobe pa
Car: 2008 outback ltd 2.5 vdc pzev,Limited Slip rear axle
Posts: 115
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Sponsored 08 O.B. radio/hvac control lighting prob.

Hi guys I did a search but could not find a answer , our 08 outback with 33k on it has had a problem for about a year now, every now and then the radio and the hvac control lights will go out ,usually not coming back on till the car is restarted later on ,or the next morning. it hasn't done it in about a year ,now the lights flash on and off at a constant rate instead of going out all together,then the next day everything is fine, by the way the radio still plays and the heat still works except the radio volume will not adjust and the heater controls won't function,weird problem, I have read other posts on this, has anybody figured out what's causing the problem?, any help would be great as my dealer is useless, claiming to never heard of such a problem,and I have to do something quick,get the extended warranty or trade the car in,Craig.


2008 subaru outback ltd , vdc
2004 ford f350 lariat
2013 mustang boss 302
1990 mustang lx 5.0l
honda mini trails,76z50,74ct70
2003 Harley Davidson fatboy
schwinn phantom,97harley bicycle
07kawasaki mule610,Kubota BX backhoe
unit5alive is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 81 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
unit5alive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: latrobe pa
Car: 2008 outback ltd 2.5 vdc pzev,Limited Slip rear axle
Posts: 115
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Thumbs up update!

The problem turned out to be cold solder joints on the main pc board in the stereo,
(not the front panel,the power for the front panel comes from the stereo) in the center of the board is a torroidal core,a round ferrite core with wire rapped around it ,on the solder side of the board the flash soldering done at the factory was poor in the center of the board,about 6 joints were the problem,resoldered them problem solved!,Craig.


2008 subaru outback ltd , vdc
2004 ford f350 lariat
2013 mustang boss 302
1990 mustang lx 5.0l
honda mini trails,76z50,74ct70
2003 Harley Davidson fatboy
schwinn phantom,97harley bicycle
07kawasaki mule610,Kubota BX backhoe
unit5alive is offline  
post #3 of 81 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 08:34 AM
Registered User
 
8kGoodENuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Northeast Jersey
Car: 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback
Posts: 948
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by unit5alive View Post
The problem turned out to be cold solder joints on the main pc board in the stereo,
(not the front panel,the power for the front panel comes from the stereo) in the center of the board is a torroidal core,a round ferrite core with wire rapped around it ,on the solder side of the board the flash soldering done at the factory was poor in the center of the board,about 6 joints were the problem,resoldered them problem solved!,Craig.
Did you by any chance take pictures of this?

I have the same problem with my 98 but it is only on the HVAC controls. The lights will go out, but I can still turn the fan on and the AC on. But when I go to change the direction of airflow, the buttons press but nothing moves. So what I used to do, for about 2 years now, was that I would hit the center dash and everything would come back on, but now hitting it doesn't solve the problem anymore.

I was thinking about buying a new HVAC control panel (~$190), but if that won't fix it, I'm not going to bother.

Thanks,
Andre

2006 Honda S2000 (Good Weather Warrior)
1998 Subaru Legacy Outback (Extreme Weather Warrior)
2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium (Wifey's Ride)
2015 VW GTI S Performance & Lighting Package (Finally Some Torque)
2013 Super Cycles Scooter: 1500-Watt Brushless Motor (702 MPGe... Ohhhh the savings!!)
2006 Orbea Mitis - Full Shimano Ultegra (Cycling Road Bike)
2005 Trek 7500FX (Cycling Hybrid)
8kGoodENuff is offline  
post #4 of 81 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
unit5alive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: latrobe pa
Car: 2008 outback ltd 2.5 vdc pzev,Limited Slip rear axle
Posts: 115
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
The 1998 is a different dash,but I have replaced bulbs in the ones you have,
fixing the lighting in the controls,I don't know about the other problem though, maybe someone else will chime in , Craig.

2008 subaru outback ltd , vdc
2004 ford f350 lariat
2013 mustang boss 302
1990 mustang lx 5.0l
honda mini trails,76z50,74ct70
2003 Harley Davidson fatboy
schwinn phantom,97harley bicycle
07kawasaki mule610,Kubota BX backhoe
unit5alive is offline  
post #5 of 81 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 01:07 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Eastern ON Canada
Car: 07 OBW 2.5i D-4AT
Posts: 15,688
Feedback Score: 11 reviews
unit5alive

Is the radio in your 08 the premium 6-CD changer or the base, single disc, audio system?

Edit: Answered below --- thanks!

Last edited by plain OM; 06-30-2010 at 05:59 PM. Reason: thanks
plain OM is offline  
post #6 of 81 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
unit5alive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: latrobe pa
Car: 2008 outback ltd 2.5 vdc pzev,Limited Slip rear axle
Posts: 115
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Sponsored

premium 6-CD changer.

2008 subaru outback ltd , vdc
2004 ford f350 lariat
2013 mustang boss 302
1990 mustang lx 5.0l
honda mini trails,76z50,74ct70
2003 Harley Davidson fatboy
schwinn phantom,97harley bicycle
07kawasaki mule610,Kubota BX backhoe
unit5alive is offline  
post #7 of 81 (permalink) Old 07-09-2010, 01:30 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
08 O.B. radio/hvac control lighting prob

Craig, You describe the problem on our 08 2.5i LTD, right down to the lame response from our local Subaru dealer! But you lost me at:

Quote:
Originally Posted by unit5alive View Post
in the center of the board is a torroidal core,a round ferrite core with wire rapped around it ,on the solder side of the board the flash soldering done at the factory was poor in the center of the board,about 6 joints were the problem,resoldered them problem solved!,Craig.
I am an occasionally sucessful, self-taught DIY (always on the steep side of the learning curve!), but can you be more specific in your guidance? Is this a matter of extracting the main PC board from the stereo and resoldering everything "on the solder side" of the board? I would be deeply grateful for any more specifics about how to do this fix. (The lame dealer rep said that even though they'd never heard of the problem, they'd be glad to charge me to replace our stereo head unit!!)

Thanks!!
Anad is offline  
post #8 of 81 (permalink) Old 07-09-2010, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
unit5alive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: latrobe pa
Car: 2008 outback ltd 2.5 vdc pzev,Limited Slip rear axle
Posts: 115
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Post

Yes you are soldering the foil side opposite of the components,if you find the core (looks to many people to be a transformer)in the center area of the board, the parts in the center of the board look heavier duty than surrounding parts,look on the opposite side of the board (foil side),and you should see some cold solder joints,sorry I didn't take any pictures,if you take it apart and take a picture I can point you in the right direction,Craig.

2008 subaru outback ltd , vdc
2004 ford f350 lariat
2013 mustang boss 302
1990 mustang lx 5.0l
honda mini trails,76z50,74ct70
2003 Harley Davidson fatboy
schwinn phantom,97harley bicycle
07kawasaki mule610,Kubota BX backhoe
unit5alive is offline  
post #9 of 81 (permalink) Old 09-05-2010, 07:15 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New England
Posts: 29
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I have an 08 OWB and have the same problem; took it into the dealer while still in warranty and they couldn't find the issue. It happened this morning (it happens in when the weather is in the 50s), so I'm going to video tape it and bring this post.

Thanks!
CFFuts is offline  
post #10 of 81 (permalink) Old 09-13-2010, 03:20 PM
Registered User
 
smeric's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Virginia
Car: 2007 Outback 3.0
Posts: 105
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Just experienced this exact problem on my 2007 H6 Outback. The lights on the radio and hvac went off and all the controls stopped working. Curiously, each unit continued doing whatever it was doing (radio playing and heater operating) at the time of the failure and couldn't be turned off. I found that light pressure on the front panel in the vicinity of the "3" button made it come back on. It works now, but now I'll know what to do if it happens again or gets worse.
Thanks for posting this solution.

smeric is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Subaru Outback - Subaru Outback Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome