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Old 02-08-2008, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Solid "Check Engine" light, flashing "Cruise"

Anyone have an idea what this lighting combo means--solid Check Engine, flashing Cruise Control?

2004 Forester XT, 61K+ miles; seems to run fine

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The flashing cruise is normal with any CEL on the drive-by-wire Subarus. Just get the code read & reset.
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i have a 2006 with the same mileage roughly and mine just did that turning onto my street tonight. so do i have to go to the dealership to reset it? being that i dont have a code reader or any idea of how to reset
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not sure if you have a canadian tire near you or if it even exists in alberta, but if it does and it is, see if they can read the code for you. here in the states, auto zone (car parts chain) will read/reset codes for you free of charge. would be interesting to know what code it is to see why the car was/is unhappy.
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Probably just the good ol' P0420 (cat efficiency below threshold). Reset code, move along.
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i've yet to see an AutoZone that will do that for you. every one that i've gone to all require you to rent it. none of them would let me quickly, nor would they do it themselves (for free).

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strange, here they advertise it in the windows of the stores.
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I'm new here & just joined because today I received the P0420 code on my 2006 (47K miles). I read & reset it but I'm now a bit nervous over all the threads concerning this code!

"insert_name_here", has your P0420 code shown up on your '06 anymore?

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i've yet to see an AutoZone that will do that for you. every one that i've gone to all require you to rent it. none of them would let me quickly, nor would they do it themselves (for free).

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Hmm.. All the Autozones here will read the codes for free. No reset, but free read.
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Just had it happen on my 04 yesterday for the 1st time. It's also just had up and down pipes done maybe 200 miles before also...time for the flash...
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^^ Running EM right??
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Just had it happen on my 04 yesterday for the 1st time. It's also just had up and down pipes done maybe 200 miles before also...time for the flash...

Is your new uppipe catless? If so, the CEL is probably the EGT (Exhaust Gas Temperature) sensor, since you no longer have one. My FXT threw the same code a couple hundred miles after I installed an Sti uppipe. I did the resistor mod ( How to go faster than an STI for cheap! #4). I reset the ECU and have not had a CEL since.
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i talked to subaru and mine happened when its was -30 celsius so they said a sensor probably froze. i took it to the car wash and washed it good trying to get at the under carraige and then took it to my buddies shop and left it i the heated shop for a few hours and the light turned off.
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Default Dealer says I need a new catalytic converter

Took my 2007 with 16,000 miles to dealer when CEL and flashing cruise came on thinking it just needed to be reset. They told me I need a new catalytic converter and have ordered one. I took the car right after that for an oil change somewhere else, and the lights stopped flasing and haven't flashed since.

We had warm wet weather and then freezing cold weather the next day and that's when it happened. Is it possible that the dealer is wrong? Or should I just let them replace the cc?

Would their tests show absolutely that I needed a new one?
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Took my 2007 with 16,000 miles to dealer when CEL and flashing cruise came on thinking it just needed to be reset. They told me I need a new catalytic converter and have ordered one. I took the car right after that for an oil change somewhere else, and the lights stopped flasing and haven't flashed since.

We had warm wet weather and then freezing cold weather the next day and that's when it happened. Is it possible that the dealer is wrong? Or should I just let them replace the cc?

Would their tests show absolutely that I needed a new one?
Have a look here: P0420 - Catalytic Converter Efficiency Below Threshold
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