Question about 2004 Subaru Forester
Hi, your question is slightly vague, but I'll address what it is. If it's all three lights in the rear (each left, right, and high stop), then you need to check first the fuse (fuse #16) to see if that has burned out. This is easiest to replace, though would make me concerned that there is a short in the system.
After verifying that the fuse is good, the next item to look at is the brake stop light switch. This should be located at the top of the brake pedal assembly and has a small plunger that makes contact with the shaft of the brake pedal. First, make sure that the pedal is making contact with it. As you first begin to press the pedal down, see if the switch comes out slightly. If it doesn't, try pressing on the switch while someone else checks to see if the brake lights come on. If the plunger doesn't move at all, replace it. If moving it in and out doesn't activate the brake lights, get a test light (or multimeter). You're looking for two wires: Blue with Yellow stripe which should have power to it regardless of the switch position, and a White with Black stripe wire that should have no power unless the brake pedal is pressed down. If you have power at the Blue/Yellow wire and no power at the White/Black wire, regardless of switch position, replace the switch.
If the switch is working, go to the brake lights and test for power while the switch is turned on and off. If you are getting power on both sides of the light sockets, disconnect the battery and use the ohms function to check for continuity to ground from the sockets. If no continuity, check the ground point. If the socket recieves power, but there isn't power on the ground side of the socket, then check the bulbs for continuity. It wouldn't be the first time all three brake lights were out at the same time and is a possibility.
Another thing to check at this point would be where the wires are protected by a rubber protector between the car body and the tail gate. Frequently, one or more of these wires can break, causing whatever it powers or grounds to not work and would be something to check on. Hope that helps
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 2004 Subaru Forester
If the '04 has the same setup as the '00, then there should be a switch on the top of the steering column that will turn the parking lights on or off even if the key is removed. Hope this helps.
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
SOURCE: driving with parking brake on
More likely than not you wore the parking brake pads down. The parking brake pads are seperate from the rear disc brakes. They are a drum style. The rear rotars are designed to work as both drum and disc.
I would say in 20 miles you did little no no damage to drivetrain.
Typically when you get a brake job they will adjust the parking brake shoes. It is extremly easy if you have already gone and removed the brake calipers. Essentially you pull off the rotor (you would need a tool for this called a puller. not expensive, maybe $10. Something somone doing your brakes would have. Once the rotars are off you just turn a star gear.
This might add $15-20 to a standard brake job. Maybe $50 if the shoes need to be replaced.
Posted on Jun 18, 2009
just follow the wires that cnnect to the speedometer light and screw to change bulb . thesame as to the tachnometer light there also is awire connected to it .
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
Drop in to an Autozone, or Pep Boys, or similar big parts store & they will usually scan for codes free. This will hopefully eliminate all the guess work, or at least point everyone in right direction for better diagnosis. If not obvious from codes what the problem is, get back to us and we'll help you out.
Posted on Aug 23, 2009
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