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Old 11-27-2012, 12:22 PM   #16 (permalink)
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This thread was helpful. My 2003 Forester X exhibited this same problem. The white/yellowish connector near the bottom of the photo was slightly melted and the metal insert that slips into the terminals was corroded. I cleaned up the metal insert and put it back into place and everything was back to normal. I'm gonna check with my local dealership about getting a new connector. It looks like a pretty straightforward replacement if you are at all handy.

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Old 11-27-2012, 03:16 PM   #17 (permalink)
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It isn't the OBD port. They've hooked up my car to the OBD port just fine from what I understand.

I'm not sure what this other port really is, other than what they called it ("access port") and what they said (that it doesn't "do" anything). It was a very short phone call because they didn't even have price info for me.

I will make sure to ask questions when I go to Subaru to pick up the car.
Interesting! The access port is actually a Gateway. There are two of them for high priority and low priority systems. CAN is basically a computer network which connects sensors, computers (yes, there is more than one computer on cars these days.), and actuators like windows and locks. With all networks they must be properly connected to a single "bus" where they are constantly polled by the Gateways. A simple bad connection can disconnect several devices, a bad gateways will disable the whole network. Funny, the dealer seemed clueless to the problem. However, he did eventually solve it!
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Sorry resurrect an old thread but does the picture phillipsgs post doesn't show up. This is the EXACT issue I have been chasing for months!
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Sorry resurrect an old thread but does the picture phillipsgs post doesn't show up.
Fixed the link, should be clickable now.
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Thanks! - This is the same region where i smelled the "magic smoke" and heard the sizzle this winter. If this solves it, i owe you a truckload of virtual beer.... THANK YOU!!! I will post in a few days depending on when I have a chance to trouble shoot.

If the connector isn't needed - could i just cut the connector off and seal off the wires with shrink tube?
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THIS WAS THE PROBLEM!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Now, from an engineering standpoint - why does this connector exist? There are 3 wires that are in the connector are connected with a buss bar - when the wires are not bussed, bad electrical things happen. 1 wire is ground, one gets just under 2v and the other just under 10v - i wonder what it does?
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Never a need to apologize for this. We encourage it! It keeps related information together.

Were you actually able to buy a replacement connector at the dealer? Normally these aren't the sort of thing that's sold separately. "Sorry, you have to buy the whole (harness, assembly, car, ...)."
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I did not purchase a new connector, I used heat resistant tape to make sure all connections were good. I did verify the problem by removing the jumper all together (electrical problem was present).

The connector was REALLY burned, it must have been pulling some major amperage.

What led you to open the kick panel and look for that buried connector?

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