The accessory lights that illuminate the area under the doors are referred to as "puddle" lights. An electrical short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or its connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source (such as road spray that has road salt in it) and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s). The short circuit can generate heat which may melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire. Subaru dealers will install an additional fused-harness, to protect the puddle light system.
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I have a new 2011 Subaru Tribeca. The air conditioning stopped working on the drivers side but did blow cool on the passenger side then one day later it stopped working completely. My local subaru ...
As if I'm holding the key too long, but I'm not. It just started and it's been very cold. I've never had this happen.