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Blows 10A fuse labelled meter/SRSLamp

With new charged battery and new alternator it blows 10A fuse and loses dash speedo & Tach, power windows and heater fan.  Looked for frays or shorts.  Found wire connection under dash above gas pedal unhooked.  Green connection blue/white on one side Red/Black on other side.  Hooked it up and check engine light started blinking unlooked whires and engine light stayed on constant.  Any help finding the short or problem?

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SOURCE: Recently, my wife's 1998 Subaru

I had the same problem on our 1999 Forester after replacing the battery. Here was the solution I was given by Subaru Santa Cruz.
1) the key to the ON position where all the dash lights up. 2) disconnect the NEGATIVE battery terminal. 3) wait 15 seconds then reconnect the the battery. 4) start the engine from the ON position.
If this doesn't work, the car must be taken in for repair.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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SOURCE: We replaced the car's battery and now the dash board lights blink

Under the dash on drivers side is the black box for the security system. If you look on the box there is a little red button. Push the button for a couple of secounds and it will click and stop your marker lights and dash lights from flashing. It is a stock anti theft part of the security system. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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SOURCE: 1999 996 carrera speedo and tach does not work(analog and digital

maybe the speedo drive has stripped some teeth. good luck!

Posted on Jul 28, 2009

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SOURCE: speedo and tach not workingin 1999 elentra

2000 elantra started shifting wierd now it jump in and out of gear when in drive, any thoughts

Posted on Sep 18, 2009

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SOURCE: tach & speedo not working

Had same problem with my 2000 dodge stratus 2.4 liter and transmission would not shift out of 1st gear. Solution was ignition fuse under the hood was blown, one side of fuse working, replaced 10 am fuse everything works, tach, speedometer, gas gauge and transmission started back to shifting.

Posted on May 28, 2010

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SOURCE: My daughter was driving our 1992 Subaru Outback

disconnect the neg batt cable and bridge it with a test light, it should light up and dim after a few seconds, if it stays bright you have a short in one or more circuits, pull each fuse one at a time to see if you can locate which circuit, good luck

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

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  1. First thing you need to do is check your connections real well.
  2. Second thing you need to do is to see it the alternator is sending voltage to the battery. Take a multi-meter and set it on DCV for Direct Current Volts. Set it to 20 Volts if you are able to. Now start the car and set the positive terminal of your meter on the cable clamp that is on the battery (not the battery post). Do the same with the negative terminal on your meter.
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