yea i had the same problem this diffidently helped out as for as the vacation pix e54. thanks for nothing you homos. i ended up cleaning the actual plugs too especially if you find goop all over the wires too.
thanks to this helped out with "vacation pix" :gmez @ http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...8-obxt-5mt.htm
Figured it all out, here's a quick reveiw. Sorry the pictures are horrible, it was dark out and I was using my headlamp
. See the thread linked above for details on dis-assembling the SI-Drive, turned out I didn't even need to do that because the "grape juice" was spilt on the connector, which was easily cleaned with some q-tips & alcohol.
To remove the brake boot, I gently pried it up starting in the front and moved around to the right. There are three sturdy clips on the right which were easy to unclip. Then just pull the boot up, the two clips on the bottom just slide up. At this point I also tightened up my e-brake, it was way too loose, now it fully engages at about 5-6 clicks. See picture below showing the bolt needing tightening, it's 10mm.
Then to remove the center console, lift up and to the right at the same time, to slide off the white plastic clip
, pictured below. This is easy but a bit trickier when putting it all back together. Then unscrew the two bolts in the console box below the carpetted liner. When putting back together, I found it easier to get in place and slipped into the white circular clip before putting the console box bolts back in.
Now follow the steps in the thread above, I just removed the four screws and saw that the connector had stuff spilled in it.
Hope this helps someone, thanks.
White plastic clip
Console box bolts
Console open, SI-Drive - HORRIBLE picture BTW