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2002 Subaru Outback--Parking lights will not turn off

After a short drive this AM, I returned home, turned off car & set brake as usual. Neighbor came over an hour or so later and told me parking lights were on. Nothing worked to get them off except removing 20amp H/L fuse under hood (fuse is good). The fog lights are also on this circuit. Turn signals, brake and H/Ls--low and hi work OK with fuse out. I suspect a relay or switch problem. Any ideas? Thank you...Kent.

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    Kent Cootes Aug 17, 2008

    Thaurfens reply was too vague--which switch or circuit or relay to check and how to do it is the question? Lights for speedo and tach and other gauges are also not lighting up at night (just found out tonight). All other lights seem to be working OK, as I said before).

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    Kent Cootes Aug 18, 2008

    So far, I'm getting pretty vague replies that don't give me any more info than I already know. It would be helpful if someone has had a similar problem and has tracked it to the source. For example, where might the switch in question be located, and how does one access it for repair/replacement? What are the tools needed? (e.g. voltmeter, Phillips screwdriver, etc.). A step by step process or guide would help. Is there a repair manual I could get from the library that might help? Thanks again...Kent.

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    Kent Cootes Aug 19, 2008







    What
    is wrong with your 98 Subaru outback when you shut the vehicle off and
    the tail lights and the front side lights stay on the headlight switch
    still turns the headlights on and off?
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    Check to make sure you didn't bump the switch on the top of the
    steering column (directly behind the steering wheel) that turns the
    parking lights on permanently.
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    (I did, and that was the problem. None of the geniuses on Fixya found this simple solution. Apparently I accidentally flipped it to "On" when I reset the odometer. I found the solution on Wiki Answers after searching for about 45 minutes on the Internet. Even though my Subie is a 2002 and the Wiki answer was for a 1998, the switch is in the same place. I never had used it in the 3 yrs I owned my car. Oftentimes, the simplest solution is the best!. Wish I hadn't wasted the $10 on Fixya--thanks anyway.)




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Check for shorted in the switch panel ,if you can take it out the switch, just clean it with a sand paper the connector if already clean put it back,check it out if still lighting,..

hope this may help;

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Multiswitch malfunction. Remove inspect contacts clean them and if too bad codition better replace it.

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Hi,

it could be the brake switch at the upper end of the brake pedal. Normally it would only engaged when stepping on the brakes. To confirm, remove connector to the switch and verify rear brake lights will go out when done so. If yes, replace as necessary.

If this is a no go, pls post back as the alternative involves checking the wiring, harness or connectors.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Aug 17, 2008

    If on the other hand you are referring to the parkbrake indicator on the dashboard, then it would mean:


    • add brake fluid to the appropriate reservoir; and/or

    • your brakepads would pretty soon need replacment.
    Should your concern be the actual parklights (front and back) then problem could be:


    • most likely with your headlight/parklight stem switch; or

    • a problem with your security/alarm system (if said alarm system uses the parklights to blink indicating alarm is on).
    Cheers.



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It seems a switch contacts short or arc welding.

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Check the switch and comment back results

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