Hi guys (and I assume you are mostly guys):
My 98 Sube Outback is developing electrical issues, and I'm trying to get
a little background instead of walking into the dealer and handing
them--in effect--a blank check to figure this out.
The car blew a fuse a few weeks back, I lost the cigarette lighter and the
electric mirrors. No biggie: my husband pulled the kickplate out from
under the driver's side dash and replaced the fuse. A few days later, all
at once, I lost the door open sensors on the dash, the dome lights, the CD
player, and the radio presets are erased every time I shut the car off. We
tested the battery by the way, it's fine. My husband tested a bunch of
fuses in the box under the hood. Fuse 15A was bad (it says Room/radio); he
tried a couple of new fuses--they arced and blew instantly. So there's a
short in the system. A friend suggested a fusible link might be bad
(somewhere between the the two fuse boxes?). Any ideas where to start? My
husband's elctrical knowledege is pretty good, he has an ampmeter, etc.
One further complication: the car has a high-end, fully integrated, alarm
system. It's been acting up too.