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Hi Guys, hope someone can help...

I have recently had the engine light come up accompanied by the flashing cruise light..”aha” I thought, “this is a manifestation of the Subaru pump of doom that afflicts facelift 2.5 XTs”.

I got a code reader and sure enough, I had one of the requisite codes - “P1410=Secondary Air Injection System switching valve stuck open”.

Here’s the odd thing though - it didn’t come on when I started the car, but came on whilst I was driving....after about 40 minutes. Does that sound right?

Now I cannot clear the fault, so assume it is a solid fault (??) or I have a lousy code reader. Again, does that sound right?

Assuming the system is duff, it makes little sense to replace it only to have it go again in a year or two, so does anyone in the UK know if anywhere that can fit the blanking plates and code out the system? Preferably in the South of England, but I could travel if they could do it the same day.

Thanks for listening :icon_wink:

Pete
p.s. Bog standard 2006 2.5 XTEn with 55k miles on it
 

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Pete , have you tried james greenwood or the mechanic Banstead uses?
Haven’t tried anyone yet as I have only just confirmed it. It was something I expected to happen some time, as when I bought the car it had all the stupid emissions air pump junk still on it.

I would do it myself (bar the coding) but it’s a bit if a challenge at the moment as I can’t spend too much time under the bonnet if a cold car. Since I need it fixed for the MOT in spring, I need to hand it off to someone. Especially as I am due an op sometime soon that will stop me from driving for 6 weeks or so....

Any hints, tips, names or numbers gratefully received.
 

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James Greenwood doesn't trade anymore.

Dan at Surrey Subaru Specialists is the man to call.
Thanks B’Stig, much appreciated. I will give them a call.

Just to be sure - am I right in assuming it is still ok to drive it? Reading through past posts that would appear to be the case, but I wouldn’t want to break it....

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Thanks B’Stig, much appreciated. I will give them a call.

Just to be sure - am I right in assuming it is still ok to drive it? Reading through past posts that would appear to be the case, but I wouldn’t want to break it....

P
Ah......just checked the web for a phone number and it seems that Surrey Subaru Specialists is out of action. I hope he is ok, but he sounded a bit down :icon_frown:

So on the lookout for an alternative shop, as the mot is only getting closer.
 

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If you don't get this sorted, I might know a guy who might be able to get you an MOT - Assuming nothing else is wrong with it and just emissions ;)
 

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Hi Guys, hope someone can help...

I have recently had the engine light come up accompanied by the flashing cruise light..”aha” I thought, “this is a manifestation of the Subaru pump of doom that afflicts facelift 2.5 XTs”.

I got a code reader and sure enough, I had one of the requisite codes - “P1410=Secondary Air Injection System switching valve stuck open”.

Here’s the odd thing though - it didn’t come on when I started the car, but came on whilst I was driving....after about 40 minutes. Does that sound right?

Now I cannot clear the fault, so assume it is a solid fault (??) or I have a lousy code reader. Again, does that sound right?

Assuming the system is duff, it makes little sense to replace it only to have it go again in a year or two, so does anyone in the UK know if anywhere that can fit the blanking plates and code out the system? Preferably in the South of England, but I could travel if they could do it the same day.

Thanks for listening :icon_wink:

Pete
p.s. Bog standard 2006 2.5 XTEn with 55k miles on it

remove only the hairdryer as it is very easy. leave the rest until when you have to work on engine. remove 2 fuses, one big 60A and one tiny 10A. look them up in service manual.

codes can be blanked with VAG-COM chinese cable which are plentiful (just be sure to grab FTDI version of it and mod it with tactrix settings).

all in all, this would cost you maybe J10. and you'll have a nice cable to play with your car as a bonus.
 

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SMD in Newhaven are very good a bit far for you though
Excellent, thanks. That’s not too far (about 50 miles from memory) and if they could do it the same day, I could go the the seaside (perfect weather for it :lol: )

I will give them a shout and see what they say.
 

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remove only the hairdryer as it is very easy. leave the rest until when you have to work on engine. remove 2 fuses, one big 60A and one tiny 10A. look them up in service manual.

codes can be blanked with VAG-COM chinese cable which are plentiful (just be sure to grab FTDI version of it and mod it with tactrix settings).

all in all, this would cost you maybe J10. and you'll have a nice cable to play with your car as a bonus.
Thanks for that...as a last resort I may have to do it myself, but would rather not. I am old school, so using computers on a car is new to me....

I would have to buy a PC too, as I only have a macbook. (Good excuse for buying a Toughbook though :rolleyes: )
 

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If you don't get this sorted, I might know a guy who might be able to get you an MOT - Assuming nothing else is wrong with it and just emissions ;)
I will keep that in mind if I get stuck. Thank you.
 

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Thanks for that...as a last resort I may have to do it myself, but would rather not. I am old school, so using computers on a car is new to me....

I would have to buy a PC too, as I only have a macbook. (Good excuse for buying a Toughbook though :rolleyes: )
just see for yourself, let me know if i can be of help. and yes, it's perfectly ok to drive this way, if you don't have any other error codes. cheers!
 

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I love how everyone is so helpful on this forum. This was a joy to behold.
 

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I love how everyone is so helpful on this forum. This was a joy to behold.
Me too - it’s brilliant.

Testament to the people who host it and run it, as most other forums these days have degenerated into kindergartens inhabited by trolls and wannabes.

I guess we owe our thanks to the invisible backroom boys..
 

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Excellent, thanks. That’s not too far (about 50 miles from memory) and if they could do it the same day, I could go the the seaside (perfect weather for it :lol: )

I will give them a shout and see what they say.
Sold the Forester over a year ago but occasionally look in - had my 2006 blanked off and recoded by a couple of guys that used to work at a former franchise (Walldonway Subaru) - they're now running Bentens Autocare in Marden, near Maidstone 01622 831772.
May be worth a call?
 

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just see for yourself, let me know if i can be of help. and yes, it's perfectly ok to drive this way, if you don't have any other error codes. cheers!
Good to know I can still drive it...it means I can still have some fun , even if it’s only when sitting down ;o)

You have got me curious about programming stuff out myself. I am familiar with VAG-COM cables & software, as I have a VW also. I have never bought anything due to not having a PC.

So, if I go down this route for the Subaru, what else do I need beside a VAG-COM FTDI cable and a PC? I assume I would need some kind of software?

cheers

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Sold the Forester over a year ago but occasionally look in - had my 2006 blanked off and recoded by a couple of guys that used to work at a former franchise (Walldonway Subaru) - they're now running Bentens Autocare in Marden, near Maidstone 01622 831772.
May be worth a call?
Many thanks, I am spoilt for choice now!
 

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Good to know I can still drive it...it means I can still have some fun , even if it’s only when sitting down ;o)

You have got me curious about programming stuff out myself. I am familiar with VAG-COM cables & software, as I have a VW also. I have never bought anything due to not having a PC.

So, if I go down this route for the Subaru, what else do I need beside a VAG-COM FTDI cable and a PC? I assume I would need some kind of software?

cheers

Pete
numerous threads on the net how to do it... like this RomRaider ? View topic - Flashing With Vag Com Cable

you gotta make sure ecuflash 1.28 is working with your car and your cable, and that you're able to read/write the ROM off the car. once you get there, it's easy.

disable these codes in romraider
1. P0410
2. P0414
3. P0418
4. P0413
5. P1410
6. P1418
7. P2433
8. P2440
9. P2441
10. P2444

flash it using said ecuflash and you're good to go.
 
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