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2000 Subaru Outback: dash lights..tail lights went..bulbs..brakes

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i have a 2000 Subaru Outback, and the dash lights and rear tail lights went out after a fuse popped a few days ago. Replaced the bulbs and cleaned everything up....it ran for a day...then popped again. They light up when the brakes are hit, but go away after i let off. I figure the Illumination control is to blame.<br /><br />If you think it is too, do you have a wiring diagram or location of the problem.  :]
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Subaru
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thank you very much. This problem has been bothering me for a while, and i cannot drive at night time. :[

If they do not understand the question, they can ask away. i watch this page every day. :]
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
To update, the fuse name underneath the hood, is labeled

"Lighting SW"

and it's a 20 amp fuse


If this helps :]
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Fixed the problem. Turned out someone took it to the subaru dealership before i got the car and was having a problem with the dash lights going out. they put in a Funky huge fuse in the illumination port(number 12) under the dash. Some wires for the heated seats got caught in the e brake(which is part of number 12). So when i would let the e brake down, it would ground out and would blow the main fuse, because the other fuse was huge and held a Higher amperage. YAY! :D I'll pay myself 15 dollars for that one ;]

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