DIY: How to replace front signal light

We love our 2011 Impreza, it’s an excellent car!  However, at around 8500 KM under the sudden change of temperature,  the left turn signal light died (you can tell from the rapid relay sound when using the signal).  Okay, I flipped through the user manual and found this, quote “Front turn signal light: It may be difficult to replace the bulbs. Have the bulbs replaced by your SUBARU dealer if necessary.”

Note that they used the word “may be” and “if necessary”, what does that mean?  It means you can DIY for sure.  Since I only got the left signal problem, I am going to show you how to do it on left side only, go figure it out yourself if you have the other side problem.  Quote “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Warning: Do not perform the steps if you are have big hands, you will get stuck. So, put your cell phone in your pocket just in case you need to call 911 for fire fighters to save you.
1.First you need light bulbs,  1157NA is the bulb you need, around $5 CAD for 2
2.Disconnect the battery negative connection by removing the screw
3.Remove the battery holder bracket (you need a long socket)
4.Move the battery aside (towards the engine) to make space and locate the bulb
5.Stick your hand there and remove the bulb holder by turning counterclockwise
6.Replace the old bulb with new one
7.Put the bulb holder back carefully, make sure the rubber seal is tight when you secure the holder back to the original position
8.Put everything else back (bracket and negative battery terminal)

It took me 20 min to do it for first time, I am not sure why the manual said it’s difficult and it didn’t even tell you how to do it. The simple description on the manual should be:  The bulb is hiding in tight space and it requires the removable of battery.   Do it at your own risk.

About Subaru: 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI RB320 (Version 9)

Subaru’s special edition Impreza RB320, commissioned in memory of World Rally Champion, Richard Burns – who lost his brave battle with cancer in 2005 – proved so successful the limited run of 320 units sold out in weeks.

Make no mistake about it, the Subaru Impreza RB320 is one serious piece of kit. Built as a tribute to 2001 World Rally Champion Richard Burns – who died from a brain tumour aged 32 – it is a monumental masterpiece of engineering – seriously.

Allow me to put it into context. Porsche 911 Carrera, 0–60mph in 5.0 seconds. Subaru Impreza RB320, 0–60mph in 4.8 seconds. At 29,995 it is less than half the price of said Porsche. That is, if you ordered an RB320 from a dealer. Only 320 of these cars were made and they have all been snapped up but don’t despair. A fair old few have been netted by shrewd independent dealers who are selling them on – with a few extra thousand slapped on the price tag. But it’s worth it. Don’t try to hunt down 1/320 – Richard Burns’ dad Alex has it – but if you can get your hands on one of the others then you will be acquiring the rarity in the motoring world that is an instant classic. And this is why. Every time you get behind the wheel of this limited edition Impreza, you feel as if you’re the hero that was Richard Burns.

If you’re not a car enthusiast you won’t get this, but, that car gave me goosebumps. And not just me either. During the course of a week I had eight people approach me for a blast in the RB320 and trust me, they’ll remember their ride for the rest of their lives. It will probably be the fastest car they will ever ride in. It will be written into the folklore of my village. I don’t doubt it for a second. All this is because it’s 2.5-litre boxer engine thumps out 320bhp through four wheels, each shod with sticky soft-compound tyres. The result is breathtaking.

Perhaps most significantly, the turbo-charged power is delivered by 450Nm of torque – that’s executive diesel territory. Never mind the 0–60mph time, this car will virtually hit 100mph in just two gear changes and 12.2 seconds. A few seconds later you’ll hit the top speed of 158mph. Along the way your listeners will be treated to a cocophony of ‘boxer barking’ – the sweet and distinctive burble which tells every enthusist there’s a flat-four on the prowl.  The RB320 comes clad in black and just black – from the paintwork to the bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels and it looks the mutt’s proverbials.

Lurking behind those alloys are four things that could save your bacon – the gloriously gargantuan gold Brembo brake callipers which complement the subtle RB320 badging. But is this overtly macho beast all mouth and no trousers? Not a bit of it. Thanks to 6,000 of extras – for just 3,500 – this car is perhaps more desirable than the 22B, the P1, the RB5 and the s202, all of which are very desirable Imprezas.

To make the car more edgy, Subaru handed their baby over to Prodrive who duly fitted their 320PS Performance Pack. In that are Bilstein dampers and Eibach sports spring kit which sit the car 30mm lower at the front and 10mm at the rear giving it a real track-car feel. But, I also drove the STi a few weeks ago and the improved suspension improves the on-road experience too, ironing out some of the bone-rattling jolts that can make sporty numbers difficult to live with.

To add to the racing driver feel, Subaru have fitted the RB320 with a quickshift gearbox. This is a real masterstroke because as you’re frantically punching through the gears at full throttle it helps to ensure you never miss a cog.

Inside you get Clarion’s audio/satnav pack which isn’t exactly the easiest to use in the world – but you’ll revel in getting lost after all, you get more miles under your belt that way. You also get Clarion’s iPod adapter, a Bluetooth phone kit, embroidered seats, mats and door trims, tinted windows, Cat-1 alarm and immobiliser and more.

I may never get to drive an RB320 ever again, but it doesn’t matter. It has changed the way I think about cars. And you know what, I think Richard Burns would be proud of the fact this piece of automotive art was created in his name.

by James Mitchinson

2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI RB320 Specifications
Brakes F/R: ABS, vented disc/disc
Tires F-R: 225/45 ZR18
Driveline: All Wheel Drive
Type: Turbocharged Flat-4
Displacement cu in (cc): 150 (2457)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM: 320(239) / 6000
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM: 332(450) / 3700
Redline at RPM: n.a.
Length × Width × Height in: 173.4 × 68.1 × n.a.
Weight lb (kg): n.a.
Acceleration 0-60 mph s: 4.8
Top Speed mph (km/h): 155 (250)
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km): n.a.

About Subaru: 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Version 9 spec C Type RA-R

Only produced in limited quantities for the Japanese market, the Type RA-R is a fully featured version of the 2.0 liter WRX STi spec C. It offers customers in Japan a better version of the WRX and contributes to the spec C’s homlogation requirements.

Since the ‘GD chassis’ WRX was released in 2001, these thinly disguised race cars have been steadily revised to keep the Group N and PWRC rally cars competitive. Already featuring lighter glass, thinner roof construction, reinforced strut tower braces, a rear crossbar, aluminum trunk lid and an air-cooled engine oil cooler, the spec C is a potent package that the RA-R takes a step further.

Under the hood is a specially prepared version of Subaru’s boxer with a larger turbo and better exhaust to produce 320 bhp and 318lb ft lbs of torque – the same as Subaru’s ultra-limited S204.

It also comes with white 18-inch alloy wheels, a lower more stiff suspension and the RA roof spoiler, lip spoiler and optional carbon fiber rear wing. Inside, new seats and pedals are included for the driver.

A wide range of STi options are available for the RA-R, that take it from habitable to extreme. These include deep bolstered Recaro driving seats, larger anti-roll bars, beefier springs, larger brakes, sports exhaust and silver painted wheels.

300 copies will be made available exclusively to the Japanese market with a color choice of white, blue or yellow. The base cost is 4,284,000 Yen which exchanges to around $38 000 USD.


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Car Details

engine Boxer-4
aspiration IHI Turbocharger
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/AVCS VVT
fuel feed Multipoint Fuel Injection
displacement 1994 cc / 121.7 in³
bore 92 mm / 3.62 in
stroke 75 mm / 2.95 in
compression 8.0:1
power 238.6 kw / 320 bhp @ 6400 rpm
specific output 160.48 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 230.22 bhp per tonne
torque 432 nm / 318.6 ft lbs @ 4400 rpm
redline 7000
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels AWD w/Driver Control Center Diff (DCCD), Front and Rear LSD
front tires 235/40R18 RE070
rear tires 235/40R18 RE070
f brake size mm /  in
r brake size mm /  in
front wheels F 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18 x 8.5 in
steering Quick Ratio Rack & Pinion
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Lower L Arms
r suspension MacPherson Struts w/Trailing Arms
weight 1390 kg / 3064 lbs
wheelbase 2540 mm / 100 in
front track 1491 mm / 58.7 in
rear track 1496 mm / 58.9 in
length 4475 mm / 176.2 in
width 1740 mm / 68.5 in
height 1410 mm / 55.5 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.636:1, 2.375:1, 1.761:1, 1.346:1, 0.971:1, 0.756:1, :1