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2005 Subaru Outback tail lights fuse keeps frying. My brake light bulbs are ok. I replaced the 15 amp fuse a few days ago and it burnt out again. I never had this problem with all the used cars I ever had.

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Wiring to the bulbs likely suspect adn likely due to grounding out somewhere..test in snall lengths til you find area with no continuity

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