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Old 11-25-2013, 03:56 PM   #61 (permalink)
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I am sure it is not too late since there has been a recall campaign. They will replace the lights with a newer sealed unit and in-line fuse the harness on both sides just in case water infiltrates it won't overheat just blow the fuse. If you like them go for it.
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:05 PM   #62 (permalink)
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There haven't been any serious updates to the lights. The letter from FHI to NHTSA, posted in another thread, shows the changes introduced in production. The recall does not address the root cause of the problem, but only the symptoms.

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Old 11-25-2013, 10:56 PM   #63 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info! Well, since I'm having what seems to be camshaft position sensor issues at the moment, I'll be sure to get the puddle lights replaced if I do have to take it in the dealership. They do add that extra touch of swagger to the car after all.
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Old 01-16-2017, 11:21 AM   #64 (permalink)
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For the recall, did they replace the puddle lights? I have two that are burnt out. If not , how much do these cost?
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Old 01-16-2017, 04:00 PM   #65 (permalink)
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From my experience they will replace burned out lights. If not, then the part cost is about $15 per a light.
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Is it possible that I do not have such lights?
I really don't remember...
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:52 AM   #67 (permalink)
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From my experience they will replace burned out lights. If not, then the part cost is about $15 per a light.
I am here now. I found a part in the car when I bought it replacing one of the puddle light on the driver's side. The two on pass side are burned out. I wish I would have just took out the new one and replaced it with the burnt out one. The pass side looks very odd now that the lights are a different brightness.
I'm hoping they change em out. At least the burnt ones. I'll update to let everyone looking to get this done. Although I'm probably the last of the recalls. Lol
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Is it possible that I do not have such lights?
I really don't remember...
Yes, it is. It's an add-on accessory.

Do you have lights that shine on the ground from under the car when you unlock the vehicle but don't open the doors? If yes, you got them, if no, you don't.
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Old 01-17-2017, 11:13 AM   #69 (permalink)
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According to the recall notice, burnt out lights must be replaced under the recall (i.e. at no cost) to ensure proper operation after the recall work is completed.

I had three burnt-out puddles when I went in for the recall work; I drove home with four working puddle lights without having to pull out my wallet.
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Old 01-17-2017, 03:11 PM   #70 (permalink)
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Yes. The Subaru near me replaced two non working lights per the recall with upgraded part number H471SXA011
Without paying a dime. Of course I picked up some fresh coolant and trans oil and filter. Wow that is one expensive filter for the trans. I'm assuming that should last awhile. At least I'm hoping. If anyone knows how long please give me a shout. Thx
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Transmission filter is 'lifetime' - like until it rusts and starts leaking. I believe it.
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Transmission filter is 'lifetime' - like until it rusts and starts leaking. I believe it.
I'd pour some transmission fluid in there, let it sit, slosh it around, and pour it down if not comfortable. That's what I'll be doing.
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I just bought a 2009 Tribeca with 3 puddle lamps out. The part numbers on the car that are burned out are H471SXA010. When I go to get new puddle lamps the revised p/n is H471SXA011. This makes me concerned the old lamp part numbers that were not sealed well and present a fire risk were never replaced as part of a recall.

The NHTSB website says this VIN# has had all the recall work satisfied BUT the previous owner has very detailed maintenance records showing NO WORK ever done on the puddle lamps. Anybody have specific information of what 5 amp fuse was added per the recall so I can double check the work was done?
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The lamps are the same.

They add a fuse in line up by the fender well.

You can log in to mysubaru and check for open recalls there as well.

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I just bought a 2009 Tribeca with 3 puddle lamps out. The part numbers on the car that are burned out are H471SXA010. When I go to get new puddle lamps the revised p/n is H471SXA011. This makes me concerned the old lamp part numbers that were not sealed well and present a fire risk were never replaced as part of a recall.

The NHTSB website says this VIN# has had all the recall work satisfied BUT the previous owner has very detailed maintenance records showing NO WORK ever done on the puddle lamps. Anybody have specific information of what 5 amp fuse was added per the recall so I can double check the work was done?

An update...
The recall work has not been done but the NHTSB website contradicts that info by saying I have no recalls against the car. I disassembled enough to see there is no inline fuse in the aft wheel well area.

I called a dealership the previous owner did all the repairs with and got a great clarification from their service rep. Because the puddle lights are an option Subaru did not notify all the owners of the condition because, he says, they didn't know who owned the puddle light option. There is a "flag" (his words) on my VIN that the recall is needed if I own puddle lights.


The lesson learned is for those of us who own cars covered by the puddle lamp recall don't expect Subaru to notify you. You must push the issue with your dealer. I'll be scheduling the work soon and will report back when done.
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The difference might be, as discussed in the past, between vehicles originally sold with the lights installed (such as Limited trim) and those on which the lights were added after the sale.
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An update...
The recall work has not been done but the NHTSB website contradicts that info by saying I have no recalls against the car. I disassembled enough to see there is no inline fuse in the aft wheel well area.

I called a dealership the previous owner did all the repairs with and got a great clarification from their service rep. Because the puddle lights are an option Subaru did not notify all the owners of the condition because, he says, they didn't know who owned the puddle light option. There is a "flag" (his words) on my VIN that the recall is needed if I own puddle lights.


The lesson learned is for those of us who own cars covered by the puddle lamp recall don't expect Subaru to notify you. You must push the issue with your dealer. I'll be scheduling the work soon and will report back when done.



I was notified by Subaru for the recall. Prior to it being done I was having to replace assorted burnt out bulbs...headlight and/or brake/parking lights...every couple of months. Since the recall service...a couple years ago...I haven't had to replace any brake/parking lights and get 6-12 months out of the headlights.
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