I have a 2003 Forester. Mine is a small problem. The illumination behind the dashboard clock is out. Is it just a fuse or do I have to replace the bulb? If so, how can I do it myself? My e-mail is email@example.com.
Peaty has instructions up on scoobymods on how to remove the center to pull out the clock, theres a small bulb behind it. I was going to do this on mine but mine goes on and off at random so I've got a bigger electrics problem
Go to Radio Shack. The parts drawers include small 'grain of wheat' type bulbs. I use 272-1092 for the clock and all the pushbutton switches. Some, like the foglight switch, have 2 bulbs in them. One for illumination and the other to let you know when the switch is on or active.
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Thanks so much, folks - these instructions were spot on. Careful use of a big putty knife worked for removing the trim. A question for the tail-end of it: now that I'm holding the old bulb in that red plastic base, and I've confirmed a new bulb (with no base - just 2 dangling wires) will indeed light up (by holding the wires against the clock), how do I install the new bulb? I've tried to wiggle the old bulb out of the base to no avail. Should I just skip the base and solder the new one in?
Priddy, I'd be happy to send you a plastic piece for the "reset" - just send me your snail mail address. Before I found these directions, I swallowed what the dealer had said - that a whole new $120 unit was necessary - and ordered a whole clock unit from ebay for $20. Turned out that bulb was burned out too. :-( The gist of it - anybody who needs a new clock - sans one reset piece that Priddy will get - just ask. Make sure you need it and aren't just going to turn around and sell it.
the solution to installing the new bulb into the red base: the bulb is kept in the base only by pressure; wiggle it side-to-side (toward the gaps in the plastic) with just enough force to loosen it, and it pops right out.
for installing the new bulb into the base, pry up one of the little wings that make the connection to the clock when it's installed, and wrap a bulb wire around it before pushing it back down, then trim if necessary. repeat on the other side. so you get the most glow from the clock, try to get the bulb to sit at the same height as the old bulb.
Since these posts about the clock lamp are a few years old (it just happened to me in 2011), I created a video tutorial demonstrating how to change the bulb. I imagine this problem will become very common as these cars age. Maybe to the point where people will forget that the clock was even back lit in the first place! You can search youtube for my video "Subaru Forester Clock Lamp Replacement" or CLICK HERE
Forester Clock Lamp Video
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Since these posts about the clock lamp are a few years old (it just happened to me in 2011), I created a video tutorial demonstrating how to change the bulb. I imagine this problem will become very common as these cars age. Maybe to the point where people will forget that the clock was even back lit in the first place! You can search youtube for my video "Subaru Forester Clock Lamp Replacement"
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