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Unread 25th January 2010, 08:59 PM
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Default Parking lights won't turn off!

Hi everyone, just a general question.

Yesterday afternoon I was cleaning out the Foz, had the radio on whilst doing the vacuuming. I then turned car off and took keys out before washing it but noticed my parkers where still on?

Called OH over and he fiddled around, turn car on, turn lights on and off, turn car off, turn lights on and off. The parkers only turned off when he took the fuse out, and as soon as we put the fuse back in they came on again. Now when we put the fuse back in the car was off and keys were out? I'm sure i've read of this happening to someone else on this forum but it might have been on the old forum?

Anyone got any idea's of what is going on?? Or had a similar experiance.

Car is a MY04 Forester Non-Turbo (unfortunately)

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I think you bumped the emergency parking light switch. In the OBW sits on top of the steering column.
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Unread 25th January 2010, 09:15 PM
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Are you serious fredsub? But I wasn't anywhere near there??

Mmmm will go check now!! :-)

Goodness i'm a dumbarse if it is that! Hahahaha....
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Don't worry mate, lots of people have had this happen to them, myself included.

I have a my05 Forry & yes it (the switch) is on the top of the steering column.

Most of us have nicknamed it the flat battery switch.

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OK, so I found that 'flat battery' switch Mr Turbo! Hehehehe...

Thanks for pointing that out, I knew it was some sort of emergency switch but had never even tried it! Hahaha...

Thanks again, problem sorted. I don't get on here much but when I have you guys have always been really helpful! Cheers...
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Exclamation Advantages of LED Parker upgrade.

Came across an interesting suggestion on a similar thread on Outback.org. Replace the parker globes with LEDs.

There are 2 advantages to this:
  1. If you accidentally leave the parking lights on then the battery won't die in 'nothing flat' - or perhaps that should be everything flat!
  2. You can actually use the PARKING lights when the car is PARKED at night, and still drive it later.
OK, I guess that is just 2 aspects of the same advantage. Even so, it would be to actually be able to use the lights and switch for there intended purposes.
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That's not a bad idea Barry.
But you would have to change the rear tail lights also (with LED's)

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LOL Mr Turbo,

As one of the 'jobs' on my RDO today I flicked on the switch to double check which globes were which front and back. Then, having turned off the lights on the stalk, I removed keys and locked the car.
A couple of hours later I had a call from a mate, to say he had been driving by and I might like to check my lights.
Yep, had forgot the switch on the top of the column!

At this stage I am looking at replacing the following:
  • Front Parkers - white LED
  • Rear Stop Light - Red dual intensity LED
  • LHS Reversing light - White LED
  • RHS* Reversing Light - Convert to FOG light with an LED Stop Light globe and 'missile switch'.
I'll keep the two reversing light globes as 'spares' for the rear indicators.
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Hehehe... Yeah, this issue started with the L series - first time I fired up the L after an MPFI "conversion" I was stressed that I'd wired something incorrectly as the parkers seemed to be permanently on. As it turned out I'd knocked the column switch that operated the parkers when I was either removing or installing the dash board... Fun Fun. Glad that's sorted - and I've been using the parkers often during warm up since being in the snow - its a great feature since the subarus went to negative switching, otherwise they wouldn't have parkers if this switch wasn't installed...

Good times - it freaks out anyone who doesn't know its there!

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Cool LED conversion: parker & tail / stop lights

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Came across an interesting suggestion on a similar thread on Outback.org. Replace the parker globes with LEDs.

There are 2 advantages to this:
  1. If you accidentally leave the parking lights on then the battery won't die in 'nothing flat' - or perhaps that should be everything flat!
  2. You can actually use the PARKING lights when the car is PARKED at night, and still drive it later.
OK, I guess that is just 2 aspects of the same advantage. Even so, it would be to actually be able to use the lights and switch for there intended purposes.
Picked up the front LED white 'parking' globes and combined tail / stop light LED globes today, to do this conversion.

I will be using the parking lights as 'day running lights', rather than running with my headlights.
This will have the added advantage of maximising the life of my headlight globes!

The globes came in twin packs. I got two packs of the tail light LEDs. That gives me one globe to do the 'fog light' conversion, and a 'spare', in the - hopefully unlikely - event of a failure.

Hope to fit them this weekend.
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