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I just wandered why my subaru xt 2004 Fuel gauge does not light up when headlights is on.Do you know how it's fixed.The rest of the gauges lights except the fuel gauge.The fuel sensor works though when the fuel is low.Thanks

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  • jrdangawen Sep 17, 2010

    Thanks for that detailed advice on how to fix the light. What do you think, is if it is normal for the coolant fluid to be near the minimum level when engine is cold but it goes up higher when engine warms up.I topped up the fluid twice since i bought it last month after some trips.Do you think if that's normal? I don't normally notice it to my other cars. Also,how do you calibrate a speedometer with approximately 5 kms lower than the correct speed. Thanks a lot!

  • jrdangawen Sep 17, 2010

    Is it normal for coolant fluid is near the low level after a long trip when the engine was cold,but was topped up full before the trip.
    Also,how do you fix a speedometer 5 kms lower than the correct speed. The service center that I asked about about it seems does not know how to fix it. Thanks

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Hi! The bulb on the fuel gauge surely is faulty that's why it doesn't light up. Please click on the link to guide you on the replacement. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa! Please click here http://www.ehow.com/how_5828981_change-dashboard-lights-subaru-forester.html

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    dj_relly999 Sep 24, 2010

    If you fill it up to the max then the fluid will surely overflow when the engine is hot. That's why it drops down below the minimum even when you think the engine is cool.

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It sounds as if the bulb is blown. Here is a guide on how to replace the bulb/s on the vehicle. If you feel confident enough to try it then follow the steps below. If you dont want to not properly unhooking and hooking the instrument panel back up then have a proffessional do it.
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Things You'll Need: Phillips head screwdriver 1 Adjust the tilt steering to the lowest position so that the steering wheel sits as low as possible. This is necessary for clearance when removing the instrument cluster. 2 Locate the two screws on the top of the bezel that surrounds the instrument cluster. Remove them with a Phillips screwdriver and set them in a safe place for use during reassembly. Pull the bezel straight out and remove it from the dashboard, setting it aside for now. 3 Locate the three screws on the instrument cluster that secure it to the dash. Remove all three screws using a Phillips screwdriver and set the screws aside. Do not lose them as you will need them to put the cluster back in later. 4 Pull the cluster straight out until you can access the electrical connector on the top of the cluster. Unplug the connector and pull the cluster all the way out. You can now access the sockets on the rear of the cluster for the bulbs. 5 Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to unlock it and pull the socket and bulb out of the cluster. Remove the bulb from the socket and replace it with a new bulb. Insert the socket back into the cluster and turn it clockwise until it locks. 6 Slide the cluster back into the dash and plug in the electrical connector at the top of the cluster. Slide the cluster all the way into the dash and align the mounting holes. 7 Install the three retaining screws through the cluster and into the dash. Tighten the screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Slide the instrument cluster bezel into the dash and install the two retaining screws. Tighten the screws with a Phillips screwdriver. 8 Turn on the lights and verify that all of the instrument cluster lights are working. Check the function of the gauges as well. They are electric and are fed by the connector that you took off the cluster, so if it isn't tight or connected correctly, the gauges won't function properly.

if you need further assistance please feel free to follow up with a comment. If this assisted you then please feel free to rate the solution accordingly. Thanks, Midwest-tek

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    Nathan Ayers Sep 17, 2010

    Generally id say its normal to be low when its cold and higher when warm. There is usually a marking on the coolant expansion tank designating hot and cold. Fill it up to the cold line then keep an eye on it every few days and see if you are losing coolant. If you need further assistance please feel free to let me know. If this helped your problem then please feel free to rate/accept my solution accordingly. thanks, Midwest-tek

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    Nathan Ayers Sep 17, 2010

    Actually i should say fill it shy of halfway between hot and cold. that way if it is low it will **** some up. If it is at the cold line then do not worry it is fine. But if the expansion tank is dry filler up halfway. Then run it hot and if there is more then needed it will overflow out of the overflow tube so put a drain pan down to catch it and dispose of it properly. Thanks, midwest-tek

  • jrdangawen Sep 17, 2010

    sorry can't get/understand,pls. expand more.

  • jrdangawen Sep 17, 2010

    sorry can't get/understand,pls. expand more.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Sep 17, 2010

    Yes it is normal for coolant to be low when the car is cold and high when hot.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Sep 17, 2010

    If you need further assistance please let me know, as it looks like you passed on my assistance. Thanks, Midwest-tek

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