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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-23-2011, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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No light on gear indicator?

I've had my 04 Forester XS for a few weeks now and I'm loving it BUT I noticed something and I'm not sure if it's broken or supposed to be this way.

There is no light for the gear indicator by the shifter. If it's night time and I go to shift from P to D there is no light for me to see what gear I'm putting it into.

There is a gear indicator on the Dash that is lit but no light at the actual shifter.
Is that normal or do I have a bulb burned out?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-23-2011, 04:27 AM
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There isn't a light by the shifter, just the dash indicator.


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OK, thanks.
I don't like it but at least I know it's not broken.
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There is a light in the AT indicator on the SG ('03-'08) Forester, so I'm going to guess yours is burnt out. You can see it on my write up here.

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There is a light in the AT indicator on the SG ('03-'08) Forester, so I'm going to guess yours is burnt out. You can see it on my write up here.

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LOL I guess you learn something everyday. Ours must have been burnt out when we bought it b.c it never had it.

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I think you'll like the lighted AT indicator at night. You can use a GE37 or a Sylvania 37LL replacement bulb.

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I had the same bulb burn out last year...took me two night's driving to realize that something was "different"........easy swap of the bulb......just follow Bobby's instructions like I did.......a veritable piece of cake....

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I think you'll like the lighted AT indicator at night. You can use a GE37 or a Sylvania 37LL replacement bulb.

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Thanks for the info. I don't drive it much b.c it is my husbands car but I am curious how it will look lit up.

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There is a light in the AT indicator on the SG ('03-'08) Forester, so I'm going to guess yours is burnt out. You can see it on my write up

Bobby...
Thanks for the write up. It was really easy to take the old bulb out.
I'll get a new on tomorrow & put it in.
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Got the new bulb in and drove it last night.
Much better!

I used the Sylvania 37LL bulb since I wasn't anywhere near a dealership. It works but it didn't feel like a perfect fit.

All is good now.

Thanks again to 2.5X Sleeper for the great write up.

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Always good to hear a DIY repair project was a success!

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Hey @2.5x_sleeper , did you have to replace that bulb again? I have already replaced it once, and now it appears to be out again. Does it just go out often or do i have something up with my electrical in there somehow?

I do leave my headlights on all the time, so i don't know if it's only illuminated when the headlights are on. Any ideas? I was kind of looking for an led one at this point.


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No, I haven't had to replace the bulb in either of our Foresters.

If you're having other bulbs burn out, that could indicate an alternator charge/voltage issue.

Is the bulb blackened when you replace it, if so, perhaps you installed a bulb that rated at a lower voltage?

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Thanks Bobby. I'll give it a look. I haven't noticed anything else wonky electrically, but who knows. I did want to go to a High Output Alternator at some point, so maybe this is an indication that it might be sooner than later.


Just as a side note Nick from @Diode Dynamics thinks that the replacement LED might be a 74-sized LED .
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If you replaced that bulb previously with an aftermarket bulb, it could have been rated 12V & not 14V. The 12V bulb will be brighter, but won't last as long.

My notes say the '03-'08 - AT shifter gate trim replacement bulb is a GE 37/BP2. This bulb is rated 1 watt - 14 volts - 2500 hours rated life. You can also use a Sylvania 37LL, 1.26 watts, 14 volts.

► Disclaimer - Verify this is the correct part before purchasing.

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