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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Cluster Gauge not Lighting

Hey all,

I just bought my new vehicle. A 2000 Subaru Forester L which I absolutely love and look forward to the fun times we'll have.

So, one issue that has arised is the Gauge Cluster doesn't light up. Fuses and Relays have been checked and no fault there.

Any ideas? Thanks.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 06:59 PM
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Check the brightness control. Won't be the first time this has happened!

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This happened to me once and it wasnt the in-cabin fuse...

Theres a clock display fuse in the fuse box under the hood. Check it out.

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This happened to me once and it wasnt the in-cabin fuse...

Theres a clock display fuse in the fuse box under the hood. Check it out.
OMG! That was the biggest Derp moment I have ever had in my experience with any type of vehicle. I should've known to check that.

I'm gonna go hang my head in shame. Thanks guys!!

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OMG! That was the biggest Derp moment I have ever had in my experience with any type of vehicle. I should've known to check that.

I'm gonna go hang my head in shame. Thanks guys!!

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If it isn't the dimmer, it may be the bulbs have finally died.

Check out post 9 here:
Dash lighting issues

The big brown knobs on the back contain the 194 bulbs needed for the main dash parts.

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If it isn't the dimmer, it may be the bulbs have finally died.

Check out post 9 here:
Dash lighting issues

The big brown knobs on the back contain the 194 bulbs needed for the main dash parts.
Thanks. I'm gonna do this tomorrow. I checked the fuse and no change. Will update on how it goes.

On another note, I'm having a slight annoying issue with my transmission. Occasionally, when I'm in 5th gear and I decelerate, the shifter pops out of gear. Any ideas? I was thinking maybe bad synchro as it doesn't happen all the time. But idk. This is my first AWD vehicle. It's witchcraft to me. Lol.
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Synchro issues, or even a bad mount issue that causes enough torsion as to yank it from gear.

Sounds like its time for uncle scottys cocktail. Some shun it, but i embraced it because its your only option on the older tranny to make it hold out longer until you find a replacement or rebuild it.

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Ok. So, update!

Changed the bulbs in the cluster, still no lights. Check the "Illumin" fuse behind the coin tray and it is fine. I connect my voltmeter to it, and I got nothing. Not even 1 amp. Any ideas on how to fix without running new wires all over the place. I've discovered now, all the lights on the dash dont work. (ie. heater/ac backing lights, fog/cruise button lights, etc.)

As well, I've found out the Driver's Power lock fuse is burning out even brand new fuses. I put a new one in, it locks once then frys the fuse instantly. I'm assuming not grounded properly?
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did you ever fix this? I'm having the same problem

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