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My 2003 Subaru Forester has intermittent problem with the

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My 2003 Subaru Forester has intermittent problem with the radio coming on when I start the car. Sometimes radio and heater work at starting, sometimes it comes n within 30-60 seconds. Sometimes, I have to shut the car on for and then restart to get heater and radio to work.
JA: Have you checked the coolant level? Has there been any leaking from the hoses?
Customer: Hmm? Coolant level is good, no leaking, just had oil changed one week ago. This radio problem has been going on for months.
JA: Are you fixing your Forester yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: No I am not fixing myself. Just starting to be concerned.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: How do I change bulb in clock?

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hi Moose,Your system would not let me use my personal email, ( said it was used already, but would not let me update the password) so I had to use my work email which I have no acess to except Mon-Fri.

Do you believe you could do some wire testing with a volt meter while this is occurring so we can see why you have a delay in the power or ground to the radio and climate control?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
tell me what to do. I might not be able to test until Wednesday morning.

Can you remove the radio and then turn the key on and test these wires while the radio is still plugged in buy delaying coming on.

blue/red should be power all the time.

yellow/green should be power when the key is turned on.

black/red should always be ground.

I am pretty sure its the YE/GN wire and fuse 9 behind the left side of the dash but we need to confirm that is the reason to diagnose this fuse.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It is winter here and my wife broke her big toe, so I have been consumed with helping her. i will look at removing the radio today. How hard is that to do.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hi Moose,
I don't know how to take the radio out, to run your tests
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you for the info. I will try to remove radio on Wednesday morning.

Your welcome