2000 Subaru Outback Limited, Manual Transmission
I figured it'd be a fuse, but they are all good. Stereo is not working at all, and the clock/tripomeder zero out when I shut the car off.
I'll take a look, but I just replaced the corroded terminals about a month ago and cleaned everything up. The stereo though?battery cables, wires, grounds. (clean em up, re-seat or replace)
I'll take a look, but I just replaced the corroded terminals about a month ago and cleaned everything up. The stereo though?
Oddly enough, I did pop the hood today and added water. But that's literally all I did. The hood hasn't been popped since I replaced those terminals. Hmmmm
Fuse #2 (engine compartment) powers:
Luggage room light
Security control module
Security horn relay
Trunk room light
Auto A/C control module
Combination meter (instrument panel)
Of course, the problem could be a broken or worn wire that's in contact with ground, rather than one of the devices powered by the fuse.
Have a multi-meter?
The fuse plugs into the two-blade fuse holder. One terminal is connected to the battery, so it always has 12 V on it. The other terminal (with the fuse out, of course) should have no voltage.
Use the multi-meter to measure the Resistance (Ohms) between the un-powered terminal and ground. Presumably it is very low -- that's what's blowing the fuse. You could then sequentially disconnect the devices that the fuse powers (at each of their main connectors) to see if that restores the resistance to a more normal level. It's not a quick and dirty approach, and will require patience to go through all the possibilities.
Important: Was the car worked on recently? Any modifications, non-factory accessories? Consider anything that might have involved wiring and electrical devices.
Wish there was a quick answer, but I don't have it . . . .
Thanks for the information, the #2 fuse under the hood was my problem. The mechanic replaced it in the wrong place, I simply replaced it and problem solved,The radio, clock and the trip meter all make use of power sources that are on all the time. Take the clock, for example; it has to continue to run even when the car is shut down. The clock has two sources of power. The always-on, and a second power source that comes on when the key is at ACC or ON. Both are needed. If the always-on power fails, the clock will light up and run when the key is turned to ACC or ON because the second source of power comes on, but the clock time will be reset because it wasn't running when the key was at OFF. The trip meter is the same.
The radio also uses two power sources, but the always-on source not only is used to maintain the radio presets, it's also used to power part of the radio circuitry when it's on as well. So with the always-on power lost, the presets go and the radio doesn't work.
The radio and clock/trip meter always-on source is from fuse #2 (15 Amps) in the engine compartment fuse box.
Did you check the fuse for continuity? Is there 12 V on both sides of the fuse when it's plugged in?
Is anything else, that should work when the key is out, not working. Check, for example, the ceiling lights, the map lights and the security/keyless entry horn.