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What are these Knobs?

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Hi everyone new 2004 Subaru Outback 'LL Bean 3.0 import edition owner here. 

 

Wondering if anyone knows what the little metallic button knobs are to the right of the ignition and to the upper left of the traction control. They are set in a small black circle.

 

(Anybody know how to attach a photo on the thread from a phone?)

 

Joker help

 

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http://imgur.com/a/7iqiwi3

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Use a photo sharing app like flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 hour ago, ktneft said:

Hi everyone new 2004 Subaru Outback 'LL Bean 3.0 import edition owner here. 

 

Wondering if anyone knows what the little metallic button knobs are to the right of the ignition and to the upper left of the traction control. They are set in a small black circle.

 

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Nope, never seen that before. Doesn't look quite factory. 

For raising rear air shocks would be my out of thin air guess from that pic.

 

Or maybe the lift for a jap tv/radio aerial...

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ok those are weird (& I updated thread with your images too)

 

are they magnetic? can you trace what ever is attached behind them?

 

yeha the up & down sticker might be a clue? & the other might take over the traction control?

 

 

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Nothing noticeable at least.

4 minutes ago, Andy_Mac said:

Weird. Assume you pressed and pulled and all that without anything happening?

 

Just now, Joker said:

ok those are weird (& I updated thread with your images too)

 

are they magnetic? can you trace what ever is attached behind them?

 

I'll take a closer look, but don't really want to have to remove much and dig around back there. (Thank you for helping the newb)

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Push and hold them maybe?

 

I’ve had something similar in the past and they ended up being lights in the front footwell. I’ve done something similar for reversing camera (was easier to tap into a constant 12v than to muck around with soldering into the reverse light).

 

The one by ignition could be to kill the key in ignition beep when you have the door open? The other could possibly be to override traction control properly (handy when you’re off-road)

 

They definitely aren’t factory switches, I’d assume they are either internal or external lights somewhere. I don’t know about you but I’d enjoy trying to find out what they do,  nice little Easter egg you have to find haha

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I have this exact same button in the same location in my 04 Outback. I've had a brief play with it but never actually taken a good look at what it does. It makes a nice clicking noise so sometimes I play with it when on a long drive 😂but thats the only use i've found mine to be. I thought it was something to do with the toll gate card reader that was all through my import when I got it.. but now that I see its not a one-off i'm going to investigate further 

 

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Glad I'm not the only one! Let me know if you find anything. 

 

My first thought it had to do with the immobilizer with the key. When I thought it was just next to the ignition. But she  I saw the one on the left hand side of the wheel as well, had me really confused. 

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touch them both at the same time while driving with your D*CK :D

 

nah dont but i had to say it!

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I just had a good play around with mine.... and it does nothing, next step would be to pull it apart and trace wires but no idea when if i'll ever do that. 

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42 minutes ago, A_J_T said:

I just had a good play around with mine.... and it does nothing, next step would be to pull it apart and trace wires but no idea when if i'll ever do that. 

Might need to refill the NOS bottles before anything happens 

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Just realised when i was testing it I didn't get out of the car, its probably for super secret underglow 😍 

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Diesel switch.....

 

Number plate Hider

 

activates the Gull scarer to stop birds s***ting on your car

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39 minutes ago, Joker said:

Diesel switch.....

 

Number plate Hider

 

activates the Gull scarer to stop birds s***ting on your car

all things my car needs 

Motorcycles have numberplate hiders... I like to call them wheelies.. Hypothetically it works going through the northern toll gate. 

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I got to the end of this thread and realised there were no answers... but its ok because the Vengaboys are still playing... it was worth it...

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Okay, the one on the LH side of the steering wheel. When you turn your head-lights on and the cluster/HVAC controls dim,  that button might bring them back up to full brightness if you wanted to drive with your lights on during the day...

The one on the RH side by the ignition barrel, that symbol looks like it might've been for one of the Japanese little parking distance bumper stick things they had, would often raise from the LHF corner of the bumper

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If that LH side one does indeed brighten the cluster/ AC / Time display etc during daytime lights on i'm going to be stoked. One pet peeve i have with my BP is this issue 

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On 14/10/2019 at 12:47 PM, A_J_T said:

If that LH side one does indeed brighten the cluster/ AC / Time display etc during daytime lights on i'm going to be stoked. One pet peeve i have with my BP is this issue 

 

On all they BPs ive had, if you roll the dimmer back to the last click itll lock the brightness into day brightness if the headlights are on :s all my 3 were facelift ones tho

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