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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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