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Old 09-02-2009, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a question about the 09/10 Forester. First, my wife's Subaru is an 03 Impreza Outback with the "Virgin Switch" on top of the steering column. This is so the parking lights can be tuned on with the key off or out of the ignition. The Forester-see where I am going with this? Where is the switch for the parking lights, or does it just use the regular stalk control? I haven't had the car long enough to find much out about it's inner workings yet. And I did not see anything in the OM about it. Thanks.
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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they removed the "battery kill switch" finally. (at least as far as I know)
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What? theres to "auto drain" button for the battery anymore?!? boo-urns
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes it now takes great effort on your part to kill the battery.
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That switch no longer exists.

Let your battery live forever!!!
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Why in the world would you call it a "virgin switch"?
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Why in the world would you call it a "virgin switch"?
My guess is first time owners of Scoobies typically hit the switch by mistake, then post how they have tired everything to turn off the parking lamps and had to disconnect the battery as a last resort. Then feel silly when they find there is a switch on top of the steering wheel. And yes I can say for sure the 2010 does not have one I looked.
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Why in the world would you call it a "virgin switch"?
Because usually it was a "new/virgin" owner who activated or did not know what the switch was for. This was not my label BTW, I saw it referred to as such on another forum.
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On the 2009/2010 Foresters if you wish to drain you battery, you need to remove the key from the ignition and then turn the headlight switch on.
On the above models, it you leave your headlights on, turn off your ignition and remove the ignition key, the headlights will go off. To activate headlights/parking lights while ignition key is out, you just need to turn to headlight switch on.
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Because usually it was a "new/virgin" owner who activated or did not know what the switch was for. This was not my label BTW, I saw it referred to as such on another forum.
A switch for virgins, not a switch that's a virgin itself, and definitely not a switch that you would use to turn on a virgin!

It's shameful that Subaru eliminated it, as it was a great source of new members for us here!
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LOL at the coments in this thread.
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It's shameful that Subaru eliminated it, as it was a great source of new members for us here!

That's one way to look at it
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I like the auto off feature of the lights. I typicality run with the lights on all the time (its a requirement for most of the logging roads I drive) and I can just leave them on, then when I turn the Forester off, the lights go off too.

We have drained the battery on the Sienna a few times when the inside light switch, which is near a knee, gets kicked on by accident. Mostly happens in summer when you can not see the lights are on. Even the Toyota dealer did this a couple of weeks ago to the poor van.
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No one has mentioned as to why they put the battery kill switch in the first place. What is the sole purpose of having this switch? Why do we even need it? I have an '03 Forester and not once have I used it. Can anyone explain it to me?

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The reasons are largely historical, going back before the creation of 4-way hazard lights. It was a safety measure, intended to make the car visible when parked in a dark place where vision might have been obstructed. They were legally required to be used in some places in Europe.
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