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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-11-2008, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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2009- How to shut off Map Light with door open?

***Update: see my post below for instructions***


There is a Subaru Service Bulletin that describes how to shut off the map light auto on feature here: http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...07-63-08_1.jpg
I want to do this, but I need to know where exactly to find that off delay cut connector- says it's next to the blower motor. Maybe behind the glove box?

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Now that is one great bulletin ........ not.

They say the off delay fitting is black and they color the part anything but in that bulletin no wonder apprentices get confused and stuff things up.

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I've learned never to believe the color codes in Subaru diagrams without confirming everything, by inspection and if necessary with a meter. There have been too many errors.

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Edit: I've been thinking a bit more about this. It's funny - a number of us spent some time working out a mod for our SGs that would let the map lights come on with the dome light when the doors were opened. You can see it here. It's just the opposite of what the SH people are unhappy about! In the original versions of this the mod did, however, suffer from the same problem that the SH people are encountering: you couldn't shut the map lights off if the doors were open.

Analysis of the SG wiring diagram showed a way to fix this, so that the door-open behavior of the map lights would be controlled by the on-off-open switch at the dome light, while retaining the ability to still turn them on with their own switches. While I haven't had the time to actually retrofit this into my Forester, it looks pretty clear from the diagram that it ought to work just fine. See the dotted green lines in my diagram.

I don't know whether this approach would work in SH Foresters, as I don't have their wiring diagram. But it would be worth a look by somebody who has one.

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Analysis of the SG wiring diagram showed a way to fix this, so that the door-open behavior of the map lights would be controlled by the on-off-open switch at the dome light, while retaining the ability to still turn them on with their own switches.
While I would prefer this solution, I'm gonna have to go with the quick fix. I just need to find where that connector is. Thanks for the link though.

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Hi,

Was anyone able to locate the location of this connector?
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Looks to be on par with me.If your FOrester was here at my shop I would do the work for you at the price of a cold Dr Pepper...


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the connector is located under the right side of the glove box. just remove the side plastic cover to access the connector.
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OK, finally got around to this. I removed both the under glovebox trim and side panel trim, but it can probably be done by only removing the side panel. Maybe a little more visibility with glovebox trim off. Three plastic clips hold the glovebox trim. One plastic clip holds the side trim to the floor. I was not able to seperate it from the floor trim, but could pry it back enough to do the job. There is a nice trim tool for removing the trim, but if you are careful with two flatheads, you can reuse the plastic clips. The black connector is taped with pinkish tape to the wire harness going down. I resecured the disconnected connector with a ty-rap. Enjoy the darkness!
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Excellent Info...

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It worked - thanks

Thanks for the information. The manual said only a dealer would override the light staying on all the time. Glad I checked this out. Pics really helped!
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Now that is one great bulletin ........ not.

They say the off delay fitting is black and they color the part anything but in that bulletin no wonder apprentices get confused and stuff things up.
The image in the bulletin looks like a 3D cad view of the car, you make 3D Cad in lots of colors to help differentiate parts...however since the car already exists a good photo would have been far more helpful.

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later, after doing the reasonably quick service bulleting fix, you can reconnect it and quite easily add a switch into the map housing. turning the switch on, then gives you back the option of having the map lights come on when you get into the car at night. or turning the switch off, leaves them off when the doors open. see this post for the "how to".

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