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Electrical System Related Problems of the 2008 Subaru Outback

Table 1 shows four common electrical system related problems of the 2008 Subaru Outback. The number one most common problem is related to the electrical system (17 problems). The second most common problem is related to the wiring (seven problems).

Table 1. Electrical System related problems of Subaru Outback

  Recently reported Electrical System problems of the 2008 Subaru Outback

The Electrical System problem

Wire harness going to rear hatch had multiple wires severed by repeated opening/closing of rear hatch. Lock and tail light wires were broken though. 4 other wires had their insulation cut and the conductor was exposed. In searching the net this appears to be a very common problem.   Read details...

The Wiring problem

The wiring harness passing from the vehicle body through to the hatchback is chaffing and has broken wires. I discovered this when my rear windshield wiper stopped working. After replacing the motor the problem persisted. Online search provided many reports of this phenomenon.   Read details...

The Headlights Turn Off While Driving problem

Vehicle started showing signs of electrical problems 2 months ago when the rear view mirror homelink would only have power intermittently. Problem progressed to the reverse lights and now affects the headlights. The headlights went out at night as I was leaving a parking lot, a definite hazard.   Read details...


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