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Subaru Outback Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or relay in a 6th generation 2015 to 2018 Subaru Outback SUV.

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2017 Outback Fuse Box
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Push In Tab - Release
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and maybe also the updated 2019 and 2020 model years) Subaru Outback station wagon in checking or changing a blown electrical fuse or a faulty relay in either the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Owners of other Subaru vehicles such as the Forester, Impreza, Legacy, XV Crosstrek, WRX, BRZ, SVX, Tribeca, Exiga, Trezia, Levorg and Baja may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The 6th gen Outback is equipped with the relatively newer style of "low profile" mini blade electrical fuses.

No tools are needed to access and replace any of the fuses in the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment. A grey plastic fuse puller tool is included on front left corner of the engine bay fuse block.



 
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Push In Rear Release Tab
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Pull Off Fuse Box Cover
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The black plastic fuse box is located just behind the 12V automotive battery and in front of the shock tower.

Gently push in the release tab on the front left corner of the fuse box cover to release the retaining clip.

Then push in the release tab on the rear left corner of the fuse box cover.

Carefully pull the cover straight off the top of the fuse box.

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Fuse Location Diagram
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Fuses & Relays
Turn over the fuse box cover to view the fuse location diagram.

There is also a fuse and relay location diagram inside your owner's manual.

You'll notice that there are some spare fuses attached to the underside of the cover.

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Engine Bay Fuse Panel
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Grey Plastic Fuse Puller Tool
The grey plastic fuse puller tool is located at the front left corner of the engine bay fuse block.

Pull the tool straight out of its socket.

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Driver Side Dashboard
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Pull Open Access Cover
The interior passenger compartment electrical panel is located behind a hinged access cover on the lower part of the dashboard on the driver's side.

Pull out the top part of the hinged cover to open it.



 

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Interior Fuse Block
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Place Tool Over Old Fuse
Squeeze the end of the tool to open the jaws.

Place the jaws of the tool over the fuse that you'd like to check or change.

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Pull Out Old Fuse
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Hold Up Fuse To Light
Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.

To check the condition of the old fuse, hold it up to a light source.

If the thin metal bar or "strip" in the translucent plastic center of the old fuse appears to be burnt or broken, the old fuse is mostly "blown" and should be replaced with a new one of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5A, 10A, 15A, 20A).

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Push New Fuse Into Socket
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Replace Fuse Puller Tool
If the thin metal band in the middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse is most likely still good.

Since new fuses are so inexpensive, you should still replace the old fuse as part of your electrical problem troubleshooting process.

Push a new low profile mini blade fuse straight into the socket.

Be sure to replace the old fuse with a new one of the same amperage rating (5A, 10A, 15A, etc).

Push the fuse puller tool back into its socket at the front left of the engine bay fuse block.

If you suspect that a relay is faulty, the simplest way to test the old relay is to simply replace it with a new one. You could also use a multimeter tool to check the old relay.

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Replace Fuse Box Cover
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Fuse Box Cover Secured
Lower the cover back into place over the fuse panel.

Push on the cover to secure the two retaining clips.

Double check that the cover is securely in place.

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Close Hinged Access Cover
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Access Panel Closed
Swing the hinged cover closed over the interior fuse panel.

Check the electrical component that you were having issues with such as the horn, radio, power seat, power windows, interior lights, tail lights, gauges, etc.

If you are still having the same problem, there may be a shorted wire or the electrical component itself may need to be replaced.

For more, please check out all of my 2015-2018 Subaru Outback DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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