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Hazard lights flashing

The hazard lights keep flashing (even thought the hazards are not depressed) and draining the battery. Fuse problem?? which one? they looked good to me (but i am a mechanical novice.)
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Travis

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  • Eleftheria Jul 22, 2008

    I'm having the same problem, but it seems to be the park lights, not the hazards, that keep flashing. They flash for a while, turn off, then come back on again.......it never stops.

  • Suzanne Oct 10, 2008

    MY 1998 Forester has the same prob: When I changed my battery, the parking lights come on flashing no matter what I do. It fixed itself about 6 mos ago, but now, even taking the parking lights fuse out doesn't stop it.

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I have a 97 subaru outback and encountered the same problem. It is a security device on all newer subaru's. After changing or charging the battery, leave the negetive battery cable disconnected. Turn the key to the "on" position, then reconnect the negative terminal. This will stop the flashing.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009

  • Ted Gilmore Oct 24, 2010

    I just tried this with my 2000 Subaru Forester and it worked beautifully. It is a simple solution that should be part of anyone's procedure when changing a battery.

  • Mary Jane
    Mary Jane Feb 15, 2015

    THANK YOU!!! Worked on my 1998 Subaru Outback

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This also happened with my 2000 Forester, when i was cleaning the battery connection. Not sure why, but after I left the battery disconnected for 20 mins to look up the solution it stopped.

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This did not work for me at all

Posted on Dec 08, 2014

I had the same problem with my 98 forester. i was cleaning my car and the battery died, the lights started to flash. i got another battery and the lights were still flashing. i ended up leaving the car sit with the lights flashing. after probably an hour i locked and unlocked my car and the lights quit flashing on there own.

Posted on Aug 03, 2008

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