I’m having an odd issue with my 96 Subaru Legacy.
I hit a deer in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning. Just glanced it at 70 mph. “Totaled” my car, according to my insurance company.
Crumpled the hood, shattered a headlight and squished the bar that holds the headlights and radiator seat. 2300 in damages, 150 dollars more than what they decided it’s worth.
Luckily, I live in SD in which a car is only considered by the state as totaled if it is less than 15 years old or weighs more than 16,000 lbs. Mine is neither.
So I’ve still got a clean title, still road legal despite my insurance company trying to screw me - which is nice. I can even go back to full coverage if I can prove that I fixed it up properly. I pocketed the money, and said phooey, I’ll fix it myself.
And I have!
I went all out, waaaay past the damage the deer did lol. Brand new, crystal clear factory headlights, all LED, LED lights inside, just ordered new LED dashboard lights, upgraded the sound system, uncrumpled the hood (mostly), fixed the radiator seat, put in a grill block made entirely of LED light bars that are tied into my brights for off roading, engine kill switch for EOC (ecomodding), did some streamlining (roof rack removal, put gasket maker in all the grooves), did a coolant, transmission and oil flush, seafoamed the hell out of the crank case, resealed the window gaskets that were old and cracking, tore off and reattached that rattling heat shield that was driving me nuts, redid all belts, dropped a battery in it that’s way more powerful than necessary (it gets down to -40 here, those recommended CCAs are worthless) and put brand new snow tires on it.
It’s pretty much a brand new car.
For about 400 dollars. Gotta love the junkyard. Up yours, Progressive.
However, I’ve run into a couple of weird problems and I just can’t figure out why or where it’s happening.
When I hit the brakes, I lose cabin power. More specifically: my heater power dies a little, my dash lights dim and my left blinker freaks out. Sometimes it’ll blink really really slow, other times it blinks like there’s a bulb out, but I’ve done it in my garage and had a friend confirm they’re both working, just blinking 4x a second.
The blinker doesn’t always happen, but the power loss in my cabin does.
Also, my center dome light refuses to work with an LED. All the others work fine with them, but it simply will not cooperate.
I’ve tested all my grounds and cleaned all connections. Autozone tested my alternator and said it’s fine.
This is driving me nuts. Any ideas what might be wrong? I should mention, the blinkers are not LED. They’re incandescent, came with the new headlights.