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Side lights on all the time

Side and tail lights on all the time - have to remove fuse to turn them off. Perhaps the relay has failed? Where is that relay?

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  • bostwick007 May 19, 2009

    My 2007 Legacy Wagon LI has the same issue! Fuses are good, but parking lights and brake light stuck on. I also noted the alarm light flashing, even when alarm is disengaged.


  • Mike Gagnon
    Mike Gagnon May 11, 2010

    are they flashing?



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Just a thought have you tried the switch on top of the steering columb sroud just infront of you dash clocks. We have had people turn them on by accident!

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No brake lights or side front lights is it a fuse

are you asking us to check your fuses.????? LOL.
why not check fuses. ANY time electrics of ANY kind fail.
this is first,, if battery is not dead.

"or side"
does that mean one side or both sides.?????
these are PARK lamp (old school name TAIL)
if the park fuse is blown (tail) then all parks go out.
some cars have park relay(s)
the FSM covers these facts and can vary by year and car type.

we have no Citroens here. so can not post schematics. sorry

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