The display on top of the dash in the center doesn't light up any more so I now have no clock, fuel counter or temp display. It started by going off occassionally and you could hit the dash and it would come on. Now nothing helps. How do I get it out to check the wiring without damaging the dashboard??
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Is this for a 1999 Forester or for a 2004 forester, the title lists both years. If it is a 1999 model then the problem most likely resides within the clock itself. Unfortunately, many clocks of this vintage go bad over time.
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It takes about ten minutes to check all the fuses. Use a test light and probe the cavities on the ends of the fuses (don't even need to remove them) With the key and light switch turned on, all fuses should have power at both ends. Replace any that don't. Check all fuses under dash and in power distribution center under hood...also check any lighting relays in dist center. Likely you will find something if you do this, if not, check grounds and any lighting modules involved.
Take a look at your dome like switch to see if it can dim the overhead light any.If it can't, I would start there. If that checks out, then check all connecters going to the instrument panel to see if any of them are loose.
your owners manual will tell you exactly. usually all filters should be changed (oil, air, auto transmission if equipped, fuel, cabin air etc) as well as spark plugs and wires, distributor cap and rotor if equipped, check the belts and hoses as well as the charging system. All fluid levels should be checked and topped off. Check your tire p.s.i. as well.