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So i was taking some pictures of my '04 yesterday, I went to turn on the fogs for a shot and they didn't turn on. They turned on on their own when it became darker but wouldn't turn on in daylight. Is that a thing? Or what?
 

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Typically fog lights will not function unless the low-beam headlights are turned on.

I don't think Subaru made any vehicles like certain luxury vehicles that run with fog lights only (I think they get away with that in certain states as classifying them as DRLs, though I don't know for sure).
 

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Typically fog lights will not function unless the low-beam headlights are turned on.

I don't think Subaru made any vehicles like certain luxury vehicles that run with fog lights only (I think they get away with that in certain states as classifying them as DRLs, though I don't know for sure).
On mine it DRLs but then the next click up is fogs and they don't turn on when i hit fogs but they do when it's night time... It's confusing...
 

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I think you are confusing functions a bit, and making assumptions.
On the light control stalk, with the nubs lined up you are in Off position, no manual control of lights involved, and your headlights will by design be on in DRL mode (unless you've unplugged the module). First position beyond that is 'parking lights' or lights up the running marker lights, but your headlights are still on in the DRL mode. In both of those positions, your fogs are wired not to come on. In the next position, the final one, your regular headlights are activated. If the stalk is not pressed forwards (high beams) and the fog light switch is pressed into the On position (indicated by the illumination on the switch), your fog lights will be on. By design, this is the ONLY time a factory wired and equipped 2nd Gen. Outback will have its fog lights on.
 

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also, pulling the e-brake up will turn off DRLs.
 

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also, pulling the e-brake up will turn off DRLs.
Cool. Now I have an easier way to drive without my DRLs on than finding that electrical thang-a-ma-jig and removing it.

I can't seem to go very far though. :rolleyes:
 

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I think you are confusing functions a bit, and making assumptions.
On the light control stalk, with the nubs lined up you are in Off position, no manual control of lights involved, and your headlights will by design be on in DRL mode (unless you've unplugged the module). First position beyond that is 'parking lights' or lights up the running marker lights, but your headlights are still on in the DRL mode. In both of those positions, your fogs are wired not to come on. In the next position, the final one, your regular headlights are activated. If the stalk is not pressed forwards (high beams) and the fog light switch is pressed into the On position (indicated by the illumination on the switch), your fog lights will be on. By design, this is the ONLY time a factory wired and equipped 2nd Gen. Outback will have its fog lights on.
That confused the heck out of me...
 

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So i still have not figured it out, Is there a fuse or something that might be effecting my fogs...?
 

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You have a 2nd gen and it doesn't have some sort of photo sensor that automatically turns the fogs on at dusk. You have to manually turn it on by having the low beams fully on and then pressing the fog light button. Period. Just try to turn it on this way and see if it works.
 

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You have a 2nd gen that doesn't have some sort of photo sensor that automatically turns the fogs on at dusk. You have to manually turn it on by having the low beams fully on and then pressing the fog llight button. Period. Just try to turn it on this way and see if it works.
Wait there's a fog light button!?
 

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See the three buttons just left of the steering wheel? One is fog, the other is cruise control, and the last is wiper defroster.
 

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See the three buttons just left of the steering wheel? One is fog, the other is cruise control, and the last is wiper defroster.
Wow..... I never knew what that button was for....
 
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