2001 Outback Check Engine Light

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by Tom Schwartzmier, Sep 8, 2003.

  1. Our 2001 Outback, 2.5 liter, 48,000 miles on it, has been to the dealer 3
    times in the past month for the check engine light. The problem, according
    to the dealer seems to be a mis-fire in one of the cylinders, but not always
    the same one, so a tune up was performed during the second visit. A few
    days later the light was on again -- it was reset on the third trip and sure
    enough three days later it is on again.

    BTW -- the tune up included new plugs, wires, fuel filter and air filter.

    Any help / direction would be appreciated.
    Tom Schwartzmier, Sep 8, 2003
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  2. Tom Schwartzmier

    Edward Hayes Guest

    Also check that the gas cap seal is OK and tightened properly with 3-4
    clicks. If it is the gas cap it takes about 10 trips to reset it. eddie
    Edward Hayes, Sep 8, 2003
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  3. Tom Schwartzmier

    TG Guest

    What are you talking about? (or smoking) TG

    <Maybe the distrubtor's hosed>
    TG, Sep 8, 2003
  4. Tom Schwartzmier

    Todd H. Guest

    Kindy replace any mention of distributor with "other links in the
    ignition system."

    Obviously, it's hard to debug a distributor in a distributorless

    I'm still recovering from owning '93 Mazda 626 that ate plug wires
    everday for breakfast, and distributors for Friday dinner.

    Best Regards,
    Todd H., Sep 8, 2003
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    ct Guest

    Our 2001 Outback, 2.5 liter, 48,000 miles on it, has been to the dealer 3
    My '98 w/113k miles is starting to do the same thing. Got a CEL, plugged in
    the laptop, 1+2 misfired. Dealer replaced wires for 1+2 and coilpack. Got
    another CEL on the beginning of a 1k trip, kept going. The light was on
    intermittently, plugged in the laptop when I got home and 3+4 misfired.

    Now, I'll probably replace the wires for 3+4, but I've also got a cracked
    y-pipe, so I'm wondering if that's doing something.

    ct, Sep 9, 2003
  6. Tom Schwartzmier

    mobob75 Guest

    Is this car a manual, if so, there is a glitch in the ECM. What needs to
    happen is the ECM needs to be sent to SOA and the reprogram it. I'v run into
    this problem before. After reprogramming the ECM the car never came back for
    the misfire code.

    mobob75, Sep 15, 2003
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