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2001 subaru outback headlight not working

Replaced driver side headlight with new bulb, still not working. Switched headlight bulbs, driver side still out, but new bulb works in passenger side socket. Checked fuses, all ok, and swaped relays, but light still out. Any ideas? Alco, cannot find under dash fuse box. Still looking.
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  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    I have a 2001 Subrau Impreza outback sport. My passenger side headlight is very dim on both high and low. I switched bulbs but its still dim on passengers side. I checked all fuses twice and stil have the same problem. what is going on with this car!!

  • Randy Crumbaugh
    Randy Crumbaugh Jun 27, 2017

    Your answer below (3) was exactly what I needed. I too replaced my bulb, and connector(which caused the problem)but still had no left headlight. Trying to find out where the fuse was, I ran across your post. Excellent help!!!!

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Chapmnfarm: your head lights use a "2" fuse system.
one for the left and one for the right.
The fuse box you are looking for is under the hood on the passenger's side. It is a black box roughly 8 inches long and 4-5 inches wide. When you remove the cover, you will see fuses and relays. What you are looking for is the section in the box which has a cluster of 7 fuses. 3 in one row and 4 in the other. On the outer parameter are two relays. The fuses you are interested in are located in the row of 4 fuses, with the two closest to the "L" shaped part of the box. Both of those should be 15 amp fuses.
The fuse below those should be a 20 amp which is the lighting switch and the one below it is a 15 amp which is for the interior lights and the clock.
Check your harness grounds in the engine compartment near the area you have the problem. There are ground wires which come out of the harness on both sides of the core support. The wires are black in color and have "EYES" crimped onto the ends of the wires. Both of them will probably be located about 4-6 inches below the upper tie bar on each side of the radiator. Odds are that the eyes will be large enough to pass a 6mm bolt through.
I hope what I have given you will resolve your problem. Lem me know,,good luck>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

  • Bill Hackett Apr 19, 2009

    I want to make a small change to a component location I had mentioned. The fuse block which I had talked about under the hood: it's located on the driver's side back closed to the brake master cylinder, but on the inner fender. The box is still the same configuration.

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I am having the same problem. It just happened out of the blue, i didn't change the bulb. The high beams work just fine, but the driver side low beam doesn't want to work. I checked the fuses, switched the relays and still can't get it to work.
mybunkey, you mentioned the ground wires coming out of the harness, what are you suggesting to do with those?

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

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The headlight bulb shares a ground with the high beam bulb. Frequently when changing the headlight bulb, the ground is pulled off the high beam bulb. Check that the high beam bulb is OK, that the high beam bulb is properly seated, and that the terminals to the high beam bulb is on securely. They are different sizes so it is difficult to mix them up

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