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Someone in NJ wrote at 2006-10-10 03:37:00
My wife did the same thing accidentally.. I pulled the fuse to shut it off. And then after reading this I went back in the car and bingo, the button is exactly where the gentlemen explained it would be. Not as obvious as one would think.  How she turned it on I have no idea and frankly don't really care, as long as I can more to the next to do.   

Thanks for posting answer.


NguNgo wrote at 2007-05-29 03:00:01
I am so happy to find this article because my Subaru Forester parking light problem has been fixed. Before I found this site, I unplugged the parking breaker to turn off the light for the night and was about to bring my car to the shop.


Peter wrote at 2007-06-20 02:26:29
I just got a call from my wife who is visiting her mother out of state asking if I knew how to get the parking lights to turn off.  She had the car cleaned and the guys must of hit the switch.  Anyway, I went on line, saw your answer and relayed the information.  Thanks for the help!


mariiita wrote at 2008-07-23 01:37:27
i remember they told me in europe when you park you cannot place the flashing emergency lights you need to keep the steady lights........


tina wrote at 2008-08-12 04:49:34
Frank, it happened to me in 2008, five years later.  thanks for keeping this up.  i was awoken by one of my neighbors that my lights were on.  I couldn't figure it for anything.  I came inside and googled it and found your answer.  you way kewl, dude, thanks.  tina


czornes wrote at 2009-01-05 22:27:32
I FOUND ANOTHER SOLUTION (I HAVEN'T EVEN TRIED TO FIND THE ELUSIVE STEERING COLUMN BUTTON).  FIRST, TUNN KEY "OFF".  NEXT, DISCONNECT BATTERY FOR AT LEAST TEN SECONDS.  THEN TURN KEY TO THE "ON" POSITION.  THIS SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THE FLASHING PARKING LIGHTS (AND SOMETIMES THE INSTUMENT PANEL LIGHTS TOO).  ANOTHER SOLUTION (THAT I HAVEN'T TRIED), IS TO USE THE KEYLESS ENTRY FOB.  WHEN THESE THINGS HAPPENENED THE "CLICKING" SOUNG (AND PULSING FELT), SEEMS TO BE COMING FROM THE BLACK  BOX LOCATED JUST ABOVE THE INTERIOR FUSE PANEL.


Sri wrote at 2009-01-06 00:48:55
Subaru's are known for driving the vehicle not only on great highways, but also off road. So if you ever get on to that off road and suddenly get an urge to go trecking/hiking/walking or sight seeing - those lights are there to let other know in the dark that your car has been parked there. This allows you to still lock the car - take the keys with you and consumes COMPARATIVELY less power than the flash/hazard lights.


Holly wrote at 2009-09-12 04:31:27
Thank you so much! Just came from trying to read both the manual and the fuse box diagram in the dark in the rain and had yanked out the culprit (or what I thought was the culprit). I'll now go search for that mysterious button... or maybe I'll wait till morning.

- Holly


MG wrote at 2010-02-28 00:54:54
Thank you for the tip, Frank.  I just had this problem tonight.  My car was parallel parked and what we thought was "parking lights on" was really the car behind, whose lights were on, reflecting on mine.  Then, later, went back to the car and found lights still on.  Checked online, saw your tip about the switch on the column, went out, felt around, and turned that sucker off!  Don't know how I bumped into it, but, glad it's solved!


Dan wrote at 2010-03-07 13:38:22
 I have a 06 Forester XT, I had the same problem,  Apparently the “DO-Wop bone head” that cleaned my car hit the switch when he was detailing the steering column.   ACK!! I want to go back to the car wash and get my $5 tip back and smack him.


J.D. wrote at 2010-03-09 12:26:14
Frank,



Thanks sooooo much for posting the answer to this problem, I already had it in my mind that it was going to cost big bucks to solve this situation. My son was home for spring break and used the Subrau and must have hit the switch by accident when putting the GPS in the window.

Again thanks for the tip I owe you one.



Great job  


Ric wrote at 2010-07-22 00:56:32
Thanks Frank, My wife just had the same problem and your answer jumped out of google as I was still typing. I'm not sure if I can help your rating, but it's A1 in my book.


Brizz wrote at 2010-12-11 10:24:16
Thank you so much for this post!  I just got home from work at 2am.  My husband is out of town and I knew I was otherwise, going to wake up with a dead battery.  YOU SAVED ME!!!! Thank you so much!!


Mike wrote at 2010-12-11 23:24:48
You are the man Frank!!!!   I accidently hit switch that i never knew was there while cleaning the interior.  Saved me a massive headache as we are heading out to disney the next day.  5 stars or 10 out of 10.


Jenny wrote at 2012-10-03 00:45:35
My husband had this same issue while out-of-town on a business trip.  Was worried that he would get a dead battery because the parking lights wouldn't go off.  He ended up pulling out the fuse.  When he called to tell me the problem, I looked online and found this post.  Problem solved!  Thank you!!  We've had the car for 9.5 years and never noticed that button.  We figured the car was acting up because it's getting old.  Thanks again!


JoAnn wrote at 2012-11-18 23:56:49
After shopping at Target, I returned to my 2007 Subaru Forester with a dead battery.  I mean completely dead.  Couldn't figure it out, nothing was left on, had to get it jumped.  Got home, and couldn't get the parking lights to go off.  Came in and found this blog after a quick google search, and voila, problem solved.  I had gone to the car wash before Target, and that is likely how the parking lights got turned on, and I just didn't realize it in the light of day.



Anyway, THANK YOU, for helping me solve this so quickly.


Natalie wrote at 2013-02-02 23:29:55
Thank you! I just had the parking light problem, and this was the answer.  BTW on the 2005 Forester the button is right on top of the steering column.


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