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1995 subaru electrical problem

My 1995 Subaru is having electrical problems and I am not sure what to test/replace first. The check battery and break lights came on a few days ago. Since the break was not engaged, I thought it was a fluke and drove the car anyway (the check engine light has been turning on and off erroneously for years). As I drove the car, the electrical power to the radio stopped working, and the headlights began to fade. The dashboard controls went wild. The car eventually came to a halt as I drove it home. The fuses look good from a quick inspection. What should I check next?

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  • mcgill426 Sep 04, 2008

    Well whadda ya know...I have the same vehicle, 1995 Subaru Legacy, with the exact same symptoms. The car will start just fine and won't exhibit any problems until I apply a load to the electrical system. When I step on the brake pedal, turn on the lights, or even the radio, there is a noticeable change in power supply. Turning on more than one accessory results in the ABS light coming on and the dashboard controls going haywire. In retrospect, I can turn off the accessories and the power returns (for the most part) until driven for a short period of time. The power eventually seems to go away, as if being drained right from the battery. I had the alternator tested, replaced and tested again. I also had the battery replaced. The battery and charging system were diagnosed at the shop and both were working perfectly. All fuses are fine. I'm not sure how to check the there could be a problem there. My next alternative is to check the chasis grounds...that's gonna be fun! Any assistance with this problem would prevent some premature balding. Looking forward to any tips. Thanks in advance!


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Your alternator sounds like its gone. ask a battery shop to come and carbon pile load test the system. sorry to say but it sounds like alt is dead. cheap enough to fix though so all good.

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