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Was running low on gas recently, and had the fuel gauge light turn on. While driving to the gas station next day, the fuel gauge started blinking.

Fueled up and now its even worse:
- fuel gauge doesn't work at all even though tank is full
- fuel gauge light is on solid
- check engine light is on solid
- cruise control light is blinking
- traction control light is on solid

Anyone know what's going on? It's been rainy here as well. My dealer hasnt had time until mid week to look at it and it's scary to see this many lights. Our '09 Subaru is a bit over 18k miles.

THANKS!

Tom
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Most of those lights just come on as a safety measure when there's a Check Engine Light (CEL) situation. Subaru just doesn't want automatic kinds of stuff happening when the engine might be prone to acting unpredictably. They don't necessarily connote anything wrong with cruise control or traction control.

It sounds like something might have gotten damaged in the sender unit in the fuel tank. You can usually get the code read free at Advance or AutoZone—unless you're in California. That should give you enough peace of mind to wait out the time till the dealer can see you.

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Most of those lights just come on as a safety measure when there's a Check Engine Light (CEL) situation. Subaru just doesn't want automatic kinds of stuff happening when the engine might be prone to acting unpredictably. They don't necessarily connote anything wrong with cruise control or traction control.

It sounds like something might have gotten damaged in the sender unit in the fuel tank. You can usually get the code read free at Advance or AutoZone—unless you're in California. That should give you enough peace of mind to wait out the time till the dealer can see you.
You're scaring me. I'm heading to Advanced Auto this morning.
The gas gauge came back to life after a few minutes and it seemed accurate for the rest of the trip. I hope this won't cost me an arm and a leg.
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Just got back from Advanced Auto and the Subaru dealer.

By the time I got to the Advanced all the dashboard lights went off. But there was a code stored, "P0463 - Fuel level sensor a circuit high input"

The Advanced Auto sales person looked up the code and related parts. The sending unit is only available direct from Subaru part.

I stopped by the dealer, the service tech told me that since the dash lights went off, the sensor is now working properly. She recommended that I wait to see if it was not some one-time fluke.

What do you guys think? Thanks.
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Cruise/TC are automatically disabled anytime there's a CEL on any DBW Subaru, and there isn't really ever any reason to worry about a CEL unless it's the CEL light that's blinking.

Just wait it out and see if it happens again.

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Scary enough, my technician read the same code-P0463. However, the dealer insisted we leave the car. They've been looking at it for a couple of hours and still don't know what's wrong...

I'm hoping this will all get covered under warranty...
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I just had the same thing happen to me. I was out of town last week for a couple days and when I went to turn my XT on after sitting outside in 70 degree weather, @ 49k miles the CEL and traction control lights came on solid, with the Cruise control blinking. I guess I'll be going up to Autozone at lunch to see what the problem is

MY '07 is past factory warranty, but I purchased the Subaru extended warranty till 92k miles. I haven't had to use it yet, but if I get the same P0463 code, would correcting it be covered?
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Have a look here too:
Code P0463 problem? (post #8 has the diagnostic procedure from the service manual)

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All,

Was running low on gas recently, and had the fuel gauge light turn on. While driving to the gas station next day, the fuel gauge started blinking.

Fueled up and now its even worse:
- fuel gauge doesn't work at all even though tank is full
- fuel gauge light is on solid
- check engine light is on solid
- cruise control light is blinking
- traction control light is on solid

Anyone know what's going on? It's been rainy here as well. My dealer hasnt had time until mid week to look at it and it's scary to see this many lights. Our '09 Subaru is a bit over 18k miles.

THANKS!

Tom
I had this on my car. Check the Gas Cap, remove ice buildup(if any) and run for two drive cycles with the light on.

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Just got back from Autozone. Got the code P2441. They printed it out for me along with the "definition" they have

Secondary Air Injection System switching valve - stuck closed bank

Probable Cause - Air Duct System Fault, Open or Short Circuit Connection, Poor Electrical Connection, Faulty secondary air combination valve

I've noticed recently that very little air is coming out of my center dash vents. Is it possible this is somehow related to this problem?
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Just got back from Autozone. Got the code P2441. They printed it out for me along with the "definition" they have

Secondary Air Injection System switching valve - stuck closed bank

Probable Cause - Air Duct System Fault, Open or Short Circuit Connection, Poor Electrical Connection, Faulty secondary air combination valve

I've noticed recently that very little air is coming out of my center dash vents. Is it possible this is somehow related to this problem?
Nope. Search secondary air injection on the forum. A lot of people have been having this issue lately. Its an air pump for the emissions system and the valves tend to get gummed up and stuck, and its quite expensive to replace.

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