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Old 10-28-2006, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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 vkoenig@optonline.net.
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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
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http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3802

That's how to get to the clock bulb. Very simple. I can get the section up w/o a tool now. I just get my fingers under the center front part and tug up.
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is there a part number for the bulb?
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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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lol I had the same issue.. so easy I was able to change it in a mall parking lot.

sorry for the crappy cell pictures.

it was a pain with the Subaru dealership they were telling me it had no light and I'm telling them yes it does.

I forgot how much the bulb was at the dealer but I remember saying I hope I wont have to buy another anytime soon


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I just spoke to the dealer and they stated "Subaru does not sell the clock bulb/lamp separately - you must buy an entirely new clock."

Is this true? ***? I don't want to pay 50 bucks just to see my clock at night.

I'm heading over to RadioShack now to hopefully buy the 272-1092 bulb.
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Just get the bulb from RS, look at my link above, it's real easy to change. I suppose the dealer wants you to get a new car when the ash tray is full too
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Peaty, I got the bulb from radio shack and it works!

The only bad part is I lost the "reset" plastic piece (I looked EVERYWHERE). At least I'll still be able to change the hour and minutes!

Thanks!
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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.
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Welcome to the forum laubster - and thanks for the offer to our other members as well.

BTW - my clock light didn't work this morning; but by the time I got to work (15 mins) it was working again. I'm wondering if it is sensitive to cold as I parked outside last night.
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I never had a temperature-sensitive issue before, and it had experienced -35C (ski resort) to +40C (desert). Mine just suddenly went out without warning one typical day.
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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.
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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" or CLICK HERE

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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"
Can't find that video using Subaru Forester Clock Lamp Replacement??????
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