Next step, replace the Power Distribution Module. It probably has a short in it also. Why in the hell anyone would think it was a good idea to put the fuse box with two circuit boards in it(not properly sealed) is beyond me. I wonder if they would take their lap top into the shower to see if it would still work. Please make a complaint about this poorly designed product at this site. www.nhtsa.gov Chrysler should take responsibility for this problem. I think they keep their company afloat with all the modules they sell.
Bulldogman was right on with this problem. I replaced the power distribution module and it took care of the problem, cost $300.00. I only wish I knew this first as I also had replaced the body control module that plugs into the side of the power distribution module at a cost of $150.00 (used) to no avail. The new power distribution module comes with a cover to prevent moisture from getting into the connections underneth. This was a defective design and I believe Chrysler should have a recall on this.
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The tail lights work off the headlight switch, and there is a fuse for the tail lights. Make sure the fuse is good, first, a 15 amp (blue) fuse in the instrument panel fuse block. Then, you might have a bad headlight switch. So you DO have dash lights, they just don't dim from the dimmer switch? In the wiring diagram, there is a green wire from a "tail light relay" (in the "Junction Block-Right Instrument Panel") that carries power to all the exterior lamps, as well as having a splice to the Instrument Panel Cluster (illum. bulbs), and to the lamp dimmer, and to the radio bulb. To do any further testing, you would need a voltmeter or a test light, so you could chase down this power loss. Good luck.
first go for the easy stuff. do the tail lights come on? if so, then will almost guarantee it's bad bulbs in headlights. if tail lights do not come on I would check fuses first relay second. switch third.
IF both lights are out most likely a fuse, check the drivers manual for location of fuse, check both sides of the fuse with a test light, must be voltage both sides, no voltage , cable from light switch to fuse faulty. voltage to only one side of fuse, fuse faulty. voltage to both side of fuse , cable to tail lights faulty, bulbs faulty or bad earth to tail lights.
I don't know if there is a relay but the head light switch controls the taillights You can check the auto parts store and see if they have a listing for a taillight relay otherwise You will need an electrical tester or test light. First connect one side of the test light or meter to a good ground.Take the probe of the test light and test the fuse on both sides and make sure it lights. If it is good on both sides try testing for voltage at the tail light sockets With the light switch turned on, If you have voltage at the socket you could be missing the ground to the tail light bulbs.or you could have bad bulbs or corroded sockets.An other possibility if no voltage is at the sockets you could have a defective headlight switch.Beyond that you will need a factory service manual with wiring diagrams or a detailed manual such as Mitchel's or one from Alldata
There are several components of your 1997 Subaru Outback that can cause your tail lights to stop functioning correctly. To help pinpoint the cause of the problem, it would be very helpful to also check your front marker lights. If the marker lights are working, then we know that the problem is not the headlamp switch or the tail and illumination relay (located in the fuse and relay box).
The components to check are:
> Fuse #23 (20 Amp) in the Main Fuse Box. > Fuse #5 (10 Amp) in the Fuse and Relay Box > Tail And Illumination Relay > Headlamp Switch
if that doesn't help, you might want to check the bulbs. the damage might have shorted which burned out the bulbs. but you do have one wire that runs to the rear and splits off to the tail lights. the wire should run back to the head light switch via a fuse. the headlights have its own relay. but i hope it is just a fuse.