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#157 of 439 OBD II code reader that works with Subaru?
Dec 08, 2007 (12:34 pm)
I have a 2001 Forester that has a CEL. I went through this a year or so ago, and tried to get a code reader to pull the code(s) myself. That's when I learned that not all readers work with Subarus. I had to sell the Innova Equus 3030 I bought, even though I sent it back to them to be reprogrammed for Subarus, because it just wouldn't work with mine.
Anyone out there know of a reader/scanner that for sure will work with my car? I don't want to spend hundreds, but I'd like to do this myself if I can.
#158 of 439 Re: OBD II code reader that works with Subaru? [betsycam]
Dec 10, 2007 (3:38 pm)
I bought a $99 Actron and it read and reset codes just fine. Worked on my 98 Forester and our 2002 Legacy.
It also worked on a friend's Chevy Suburban, an older model.
#159 of 439 Re: OBD II code reader that works with Subaru? [betsycam]
Dec 11, 2007 (5:35 am)
If it isn't working properly, perhaps you can try it on another Forester? I have seen where the ECU on the particular car was messed up and that caused the scanner not to read it properly.
#160 of 439 Forester 2004 Engine Missfires P0301-304
Feb 02, 2008 (2:04 pm)
Having problems with my 2004 Forester. First got CEL engine missfire on all 4 cylinders (P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304) just before 60K miles (and after a 60K maintenance!), dealer reset code since they found nothing. Happened again 1500 miles later, dealer changed spark plug cables. Happened again at 1500 miles, dealer changed spark plugs and ignition coil. Now 1000 miles later the CEL is on and I suspect it's another missfire. Engine is running kind of rough when throttled, especially when cold, in the first 10 minutes but otherwise everything sounds OK. Dealer says I may need "new pistons" in the near future (at 60000 miles? All missfires have happened in the first minute of driving - first three after engine has been "warm", last cold.
Any ideas before I call 1800SUBARU3 for help?
#161 of 439 Re: engine problem [evaki11]
Feb 02, 2008 (2:35 pm)
This repeatable problem is the easiest one for the dealer to diagnose. Take the car back to the dealer, leave it overnight and let the dealer fix the problem. Why have you not done that?
What are the "many" problems you are experiencing? Is the dealer not willing to fix the car?
#162 of 439 Re: Forester 2004 Engine Missfires P0301-304 [figsys]
Feb 03, 2008 (6:30 pm)
Sounds like it could be a timing issue. Perhaps the belt is stretching when warm to the correct spot?
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#163 of 439 Subaru Forester Engine Noise/Clutter
Jan 25, 2008 (6:59 pm)
#164 of 439 engine clutter
Aug 31, 2007 (6:26 am)
I recently bought a 2004 subaru forrester; when
I stop the engine, it keeps making some clutter
sounds - does this indicate any engine issues?
#165 of 439 Re: engine clutter [sanjay4]
Aug 31, 2007 (7:04 am)
To some extent it's normal and characteristic of a large boxer 4.
If it shakes more than other models (you can check at a dealer, perhaps), then have the engine mounts inspected.
#166 of 439 Re: engine clutter [ateixeira]
Aug 31, 2007 (9:34 am)
Do you mean the engine keeps running after you turn it off? If so then yeah there is something wrong with it.