1999 Subaru Outback Park lights will not shut off.

jkinney123
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Asked by jkinney123 Feb 10, 2013 at 07:18 PM about the Subaru Outback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 1998 Subaru Outback park lamps will not shut off. Never had a problem, came home turned the car
off and park lamps will not shut off. I have to disconnect the battery. Does anybody have a cure or ever
had this problem. Thanks.. John

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7jimmy7
13,835

subaru,,made in japan maby a relay pull till lioghts off and bench test that relay

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Michael Tutty
5,635

check your headlamp switch, and make sure it is in the "OFF" or "ON" position. Either should turn off everything. The middle of the 3 positions is for parking/tail lamps only, and is not ALLOWED to turn off the parking lights. If that is not the problem, then it sounds like a sticky relay, wherever Subaru has hidden that. Often, it is in the headlamp switch itself, and the only way to replace it is with a new headlamp switch.

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John Haggerty
330

Most Subarus have a separate parling light switch on top of the steering column. If you accidentally tapped that then the parking lights will remain on. Happened on my daughters car and I wasted a couple hours trying to troubleshoot until I found that switch.

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jkinney123
70

OK so I am new to Subaru and YES it was the separate switch on top of the steering column and no I am not BLONDE. Thank you John...

7 out of 7 people think this is helpful.
kinker
325

I had the same problem and it was the little switch above the steering wheel

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Rachel Anne
20

My mom just called me and had the same issue...I googled it and out popped this answer...thank you! It worked for her! It's hard to help from 300+ miles away...

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kinker
325

You're welcome Rachel and that switch is hard to see if you don't know about it or what it is for

cboyker
0

Thank You. That's what works and it can be hit accidently'. We tried all until I googled.

jamesyacht
0

And... I'm another... it was a mystery until I looked here... issue resolved... thanks-a-lot...

Dong Tam Le
0

Wow this is really helpful! I just had the same problem due to my son playing in the driver seat :p THanks a lot John!

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