Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Boston, MA and Easthampton, MA
Car Year: 2003
Car Model: XS
Dim headlights, but not a blown fuse?
Hi, I've got a 2003 Subaru Forester. Right now, my left headlights are fine,
but my right ones are dim.
What happens when a headlight fuse blows - Subaru Forester Owners Forum
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And so tried checking the fuses (and if anyone finds this post while desperately trying to find the fuses in question - in the plastic fuse box under the hood on
the driver's side of the car). They all looked fine to me, so I tried swapping the
right headlight fuse and the left ones. No change. Tried removing fuses.
If the right headlight fuse is removed, no change. If the left headlight fuse is removed, no headlights at all.
So it doesn't seem to be a fuse, since I've got the same issue whether there's the existing fuse, no fuse, or a known good fuse for the right headlights.
The link mentions a few other things it could be, and I was thinking of taking it to a mechanic to look into them; I've just got no idea how much this might cost me. To complicate things further, my car needs to be inspected this month, and it will fail if this isn't fixed. Also, it looks like I need a new catalytic converter and/or 02 sensors (check engine light on, is what dealership and independent mechanic said).
All things considered, I'm wondering if I should be looking for another vehicle instead of investing the money in a 2003 Forester with 130,000 miles on it.
Any advice welcome.