Dash lights go out and horn fuse blows

Asked by Feb 20, 2016 at 02:01 PM about the 2000 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I put a new headlight assembly in my car, now when I use the turn signal all
the lights go out. Before it never did this. Also one of the tail light bulbs was
already burned up. So I put on out of the old assembly. Then put it in my rear
brake light signal reinstalled the light. Then I removed old light disconnected
all clips and installed new one.  My wife drove to work, on the way she used
the blinker and boom no light, radio, heater nothing. So I checked the fuses
and found the horn fuse had blown under the hood in that fuse box. Replaced
fuse.

Now I start the car and all the gauges work and every thing is fine.
Then I turn on the left turn signal fine, so now I do the right blows the same
fuse. Tried it a couple times to make sure and same outcome. Help me some
one.

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Hmmm.... Not hard to remove the steering wheel column plastic covers (long thin phillips screwdriver), and then check the connectors to the directional arm and those nearby. When blinker works is its frequency correct? Both sides? If not, I'd try swapping the blinker fuse (you can find it by turning it on and sticking your head under there and feeling it clicking away. But if it's clicking it's probably ok. But first here's a weird one we've found all too often: Open the rear tailgate and carefully pull and slice off the rubber grommets around the wire harness into the hatch. Untape and pull gently on the loose wires; you'll perhaps find one...or a few!...have cut apart. Depending upon function, and whether one shorts against the metal roof, you'll either lose a function, or short out others when operated. I once found SIX wires cut apart. Amazing that the driver tolerated it.... Carefully solder or add a short splice to repair the broken wire(s) and then test everything. Actually, I'd probably check this harness first, as I've never had to replace a blinker relay. Good luck. Ern

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