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Old 09-09-2011, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The display of my rearview compass is progressively getting more and more dim. I've tried turning the display on and off at various times with no luck. Is there a way to change the bulb? I just want a little background before I dive in head first (like usual). Thank you in advance.

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When I use to work as a service writer for Subaru we always had to replace them.....Hi from MN also!
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That's awesome that you can replace the bulbs. Mine as a door behind the compass. Is the bulb just in there? Maybe I can get creative and wire in some other type of bulb that'll last longer. I always did that with my Saabs. And thank you for the warm welcome. :)
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When I use to work as a service writer for Subaru we always had to replace them.....Hi from MN also!
I'm thinking he was referring to replace the mirror assembly, I can't seem to find any threads where a repair has been done.
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I'm thinking he was referring to replace the mirror assembly, I can't seem to find any threads where a repair has been done.
Damn, that sucks. I tried to take a knife to the door on the back of my rearview mirror with no such luck at getting it open. But there isn't much elbow room to get at it either. It's too bad.
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Yup, we replaced them
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Just FYI, it isn't a light bulb, at least on my 2010 model. It is a VFD (vacuum florescent display)

I really like the rear view mirror on the 2011 outback I had as a service rental car. On that car they had a LCD integrated into the rear view mirror. It showed the compass during regular driving, and the rear view camera while you backed up.
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Mine is doing the same thing... kinda bunk as how you have to replace the entire mirror for something so trivial.
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They are all fluroescent - the whole thing will need to be replaced.
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Just as an FYI, this has happened to mine as well. But occassionally, it will light up just fine, like nothing is wrong. Then I'll look up a few minutes later and it's dim again.
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Make sure you windex the mirror off reallty well or clean it with alcohol. Mine was really bad as it was my Dad's car and he smoked a lot in there but it works fine now. Also make sure the front and rear light sensors are clear of obstructions and also not obscured--taking an alcohol swab to them doesn't hurt. Mine works fine and this is on an 05.
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Noob.....The compass on HER 2007 has dimmed out as well. Can you replace the whole mirror with one that has the homelink without wiring for it? The original does not have it.
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The blue compass digits on my 2011 are going dim.
Might just ignore it and re-purpose the 12V for it to a dash cam.

Does it feed 12V? anytone know the connector part numbers?
I'd like to keep the auto-dim rear view mirror functionality.
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Mine too have the problem (2011 Forester). I noticed it for the past few weeks.

I took it in to the dealership today. They explained that the mirror/compass apparently go bad and they have to replace it. They replaced it, but it's different and looks newer than original. The compass directional lights are now orange/red and the buttons to turn on the lights and the compass are different. It was covered under warranty. I was in and out in 30 minutes.
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