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    Running/Parking Lights Issue

    I have noticed a relatively minor, mostly aesthetic problem with my new-to-me 2003 WRX wagon. About 50% of the time, my front Running/Parking lights, the ones located in the Bug-Eye light cluster, stop working. Usually it is one side or the other that is out but sometimes it is both, sometimes they both turn on just fine. All other lights, including the headlights, fog lights, and side running lights work great. I've popped the hood and noticed a wire on the driver's side that is somewhat loose (I can sometimes hear it rattling against the battery) and wrapped in electrical tape but the connections seem solid from what little probing I've done. Additionally, I don't think this can explain the issue with the passenger side light. I've checked all of the fuses in the driver's side fuse-box and they all seem solid. Having spoken with the previous owner, he theorized that this may have been caused by the owner before him (I am the 3rd), who supposedly had a boost-gauge installed before he sold it.
    Does anyone have any ideas on what might be the cause of this? I'd really like to fix it myself but I'm not entirely sure where to go from here.

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    They do this. I have no solution. Mine are either both burned out or both inoperative and have been so for years.

    This is due to the quality and thought that goes into every Subaru, and due to love. Love is what makes a Subaru a Subaru.

    Since mine are out symmetrically and since they don't do anything beyond provide clearance, and since they are in the bugeye bucket, I have never had a problem. Most people that don't own Subarus don't know what the lights do, or when they should be on or off. No citations no nothing. I see others with both lights out too. In fact I don't recall seeing a bugeye with the lights on in years, and I do notice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugEyeDaddy View Post
    I have noticed a relatively minor, mostly aesthetic problem with my new-to-me 2003 WRX wagon. About 50% of the time, my front Running/Parking lights, the ones located in the Bug-Eye light cluster, stop working. Usually it is one side or the other that is out but sometimes it is both, sometimes they both turn on just fine. All other lights, including the headlights, fog lights, and side running lights work great. I've popped the hood and noticed a wire on the driver's side that is somewhat loose (I can sometimes hear it rattling against the battery) and wrapped in electrical tape but the connections seem solid from what little probing I've done. Additionally, I don't think this can explain the issue with the passenger side light. I've checked all of the fuses in the driver's side fuse-box and they all seem solid. Having spoken with the previous owner, he theorized that this may have been caused by the owner before him (I am the 3rd), who supposedly had a boost-gauge installed before he sold it.
    Does anyone have any ideas on what might be the cause of this? I'd really like to fix it myself but I'm not entirely sure where to go from here.

    I'm assuming your talking about the little peanut bulbs? Next time you see one or both of them out, tap on the headlight housing a tad to see if they illuminate, I have had this complaint alot and 99% of the time new 194 bulbs solve the issue...at least this is my experience...

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    Tapping on the lamp "fixed" one of mine for probably over a year. Eventually when I saw them both go out I accepted that. Still that way.
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