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2000 Forester L, 2.0 Automatic
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Discussion Starter · #1 ·

I have an European Forester 2000 model, and the check engine light is flashing.
But I have problems reading the error codes.

First I bought an "Professional OBD-II EOBD Code Scanner Reader", but it was not able to communicate with the car.

Then I read about the FreeSSM program, and I remembered that I have a OBD2/serial-USB cable that I used with a Volvo with success. I think it's a VAG-COM 409 cable (but I'm not 100% sure, because the only thing written on the cable is "").

But FreeSSM was not able to communicate with the car either. I checked that I had configured 4800,N,1 and the right COM-port.
I have not checked all the fuses, but since the LED in the cable lights up when I put the car key in position 2, I believe the fuse must be ok.

So now I don't know what I should try next. Maybe some of you experts are able to give me some advice?

Thank you...


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2003 X AWP Manual
15 Posts
Think this will imply to some extent for your 2000 era Forester (may have OBD style plug too but not functional to OBD equipment):

Make sure your ignition is OFF Connect the Black ‘Read Memory’ connectors together as illustrated below.

When the above are connected you are in diagnostics mode. Turn your ignition ON and ‘read’ the ECU code(s) being reported according to the following instructions. Note, you may here relays clicking and your fan starting and stopping - this is normal when in diagnostics mode.

In Diagnostic Mode – No Fault is indicated by the Check Engine Light continuously & evenly flashing on/off (this is also used to indicate the successful completion of an ECU Reset).

Check Engine Light Pulse Width:
The long pulses (1.3 Seconds) indicate Tens and the short pulses (0.2 Seconds) indicate ones. Pulses are separated by Short Pauses (0.2 Seconds), multiple codes are separated by a Long Pause (1.8 Seconds).

The simplest way for an inexperienced mechanic to retrieve codes is to write the codes down in a sort of Morse Code (dots and dashes), and start a new line when you get a 1.8 Second pause (for NEW code), and then add the actual numbers up after code retrieval is completed.

(See Example Below)


1.3 second pulse (10)
0.2 second pause
1.3 second pulse (10….for a total of 20)
0.2 second pause
0.2 second pulse (1…..for a total of 21)
0.2 second pause
0.2 second pulse (1…..for a total of 22)
0.2 second pause
0.2 second pulse (1…..for a total of 23)
(Code 23 — MAF Sensor)


1.3 second pulse (10)
0.2 second pause
1.3 second pulse (10….for a total of 20)
0.2 second pause
0.2 second pulse (1…..for a total of 21)
0.2 second pause
0.2 second pulse (1…..for a total of 22)
0.2 second pause
0.2 second pulse (1…..for a total of 23)
1.8 second pause (this means NEW code)

1.3 second pulse (10)
0.2 second pause
0.2 second pulse (1…..for a total of 11)
0.2 second pause
.2 second pulse (1…..for a total of 12)
(Codes 23 and 12, MAF Sensor and Starter Circuit)

How to clear them!
1. Ensure engine is at normal operating temperature, turn engine off
2. Locate the two ECU connectors, located under the steering column and consist of a black plastic male and female connector, and a green male female connector
3. With the ignition OFF connect black to black and green to green.
4.Turn on ignition, do not start the engine, depress the accelerator pedal to full throttle, then return it to the half-throttle position and hold for a few seconds, and then release
5. Engine Check lamp turns on
6. Start engine and then drive for at least one minute, keeping road speed above 10mph.
7. ECU is now re-set.
8. At this point the check engine light should start to flash the all clear signal (steady 1/2 second interval flashes). If the check engine light does not flash, or indicates some other sequence, there is a fault present in the system, and should be professionally checked for necessary repairs.
9. Stop the car and turn off the engine.
10. Disconnect the black and green connectors.
11. Job complete

Error codes >>>
1 Engine Speed Signal Circuit

11 Crankshaft Position Sensor

12 Starter Signal

13 Camshaft Position Sensor

14 Fuel Injector No. 1 (Legacy, Impreza, Justy, SVX)

15 Fuel Injector No. 2 (Legacy, Impreza, Justy, SVX)

16 Fuel Injector No. 3 (Legacy, Impreza, Justy, SVX)

17 Fuel Injector No. 4 (Legacy, Impreza, SVX)

18 Fuel Injector No. 5 (SVX)

19 Fuel Injector No. 6 (SVX)

21 Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor

22 Knock Sensor

23 Mass Air Flow Sensor Circuit

24 Idle Control System Malfunction

24 ISC Valve (Stick)

24 Open/Short in ISC Valve Circuit

26 Intake Air Temperature Sensor

27 ATF Temperature Sensor Circuit

28 Knock Sensor #2

29 Crankshaft Position Sensor 2

31 Throttle Position Sensor Circuit

32 A/F Sensor #1 System

32 A/F Sensor #2 System

32 Oxygen Sensor

33 Vehicle Speed Sensor

35 CPC System

36 Turbine Speed Signal

37 Rear O2 Sensor Circuit / A/F Sensor Circuit Malfunction

38 Torque Control Signal #1

38 Torque Control Signal #2

38 Torque Control Signal System

38 Torque Permission Signal

39 Traction Control System

41 Air/Fuel Adaptive Control

42 Idle Switch

43 Accelerator Pedal Switch

44 Turbocharging Pressure Control Signal

45 Pressure Sensor

46 Neutral or Parking Switch or Circuit

47 Fuel Injector

48 Lean Burn System

49 CO Resistor

51 Neutral Position Switch

52 Parking Brake Switch (Exc. Justy)

53 Antenna

53 Anti-Quick Operation Mode

53 Communication Error (Time Over)

53 EGI Control Module EEPROM

53 IMM Circuit Failure (Except Antenna Circuit)

53 IMM Control Module EEPROM

53 Key Communication Failure

53 Reference Code Incompatibility

53 Use of Unregistered Key

54 Air Intake System

55 EGR Valve Lift Sensor

56 EGR System

57 Canister Control System

58 Air Control System

61 Air Suction Control Solenoid Valve

62 Exhaust Manifold Valve Negative Pressure Control Solenoid

64 Relief Valve Control Solenoid Valve 1

64 Relief Valve Control Solenoid Valve 2

65 Differential Pressure Sensor

66 Twin Turbocharger System(H)

66 Twin Turbocharger System(S)

66 Twin Turbocharger System(T)

66 Two Stage Twin Turbocharger System

67 Exhaust Manifold Valve Positive Pressure Control Solenoid

68 Turbocharging Pressure Control Output Signal #2

71 Shift Solenoid Valve

72 Shift Solenoid #2 Circuit

73 Low Clutch Timing Solenoid Circuit

74 Brake Clutch Timing Solenoid Circuit Malfunction

75 Line Pressure Duty Solenoid Circuit

76 Brake Clutch Pressure Duty Solenoid Circuit Malfunction

77 Lock-Up Duty Solenoid Circuit

78 Tiptronic Solenoid System

79 Transfer Clutch Duty Solenoid Circuit

81 Torque Up Control Valve

85 Charger System Circuit Malfunction

86 CAN (Communication System)

87 Variable Induction Solenoid Valve Circuit Malfunction

88 Fuel Pump Circuit Malfunction

89 VVT Systems (L)

89 VVT Systems ®

91 TCS Relief Valve

92 Electrical Generation Control Signal Circuit Malfunction

93 Vehicle Speed Sensor #1 Circuit

94 Lateral G Sensor Signal Circuit Malfunction

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2003 X AWP Manual
15 Posts
freeSSM should work with a good/correct cable.
Cable suggested is: tactrix ou kkl 409.1 (usb to obd)
Will try test freeSSM when have time as I too have a 2000 Forester L in my little fleet.

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2000 Forester L, 2.0 Automatic
20 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for your help. I will try to find the diagnose connectors.
And I look forward to hearing about the results of testing FreeSSM on 2000 Forester L.


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2000 Forester L, 2.0 Automatic
20 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I did find the diagnose connectors. The error code was 22 - knock sensor.
I will create a separate thread for this issue.
Thank you for your help.


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hey, i have the same car (2000 EJ20 non turbo with OBD2 connector but SSM1 protocol) and the same problem. i tried the VAG-409 cable no success, but an diy FTDI chip USB-TTL 5v cable was good with the Evoscan program (other program like FreeSSM not good cause not support the SSM1 protocol) The Evoscan very good in live parameters diagnostics, but connot read the TDC codes. i will try the check engine light blinking mode today, but if you have more indo please share it
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