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Old 08 Sep 2008, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone help.
On Friday a red light appeared on the dash "Check Engine"
i was worried because this time last year the head gasket went and cost me 2000 to repair.
i checked water, oil, coolent and everything seemed fine, i have it booked in for a service on Thursday but wondering can anyone help?

Also i dont know my way around the engine, Can anyone suggest a website that can point out the different parts with explanations, & what goes wrong if certain parts break.

Thanks a mil
really appreciate it
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Old 08 Sep 2008, 11:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Check Engine, impreza 2000 Turbo 4WD

hiya mate being new to the scene i dont know a great deal but i do know there is a section on this site that will help think its in engine section it tells you how to reset your ecu easily and will help sort the problem i have the same problem lol
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Old 08 Sep 2008, 12:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hey Mickey
Cheers mate, i'm like a chick when i look under the bonnet, trying to get up to speed quick.
thanks a lot mate
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Old 08 Sep 2008, 01:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Check Engine, impreza 2000 Turbo 4WD

As above really mate. Just plug in the diagnostic plug (the green plug IIRC), turn on the ignition and see if a fault code has been logged.

You'll need to count the flashes - long flashes = units of 10 and short flashes = units of 1.

its probably a faulty sensor.
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Old 08 Sep 2008, 01:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey Nelson
you'll have to excuse my ignorance, where would i get my hands on one of those plugs?
fingers crossed, it is just a sensor
Cheers mate
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Old 08 Sep 2008, 01:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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OK mate best way to explain is good old "plain english". What you need to do is get yourself into the drivers footwell. I used to go in on my back and when there look up at the bottom of the steering column. If you look closely you should see a pair of plugs (if they haven't been used then they may well be tied up out the way). Find them and plug the 2 green connectors together.

Once you have got yourself out of the footwell (probably with a sore back) you will need to turn on the ignition but not the car. Now on the head up display you will need to look out for an intermittant flashing "Check engine light". If it does this then you have got some historic fault codes logged. As I said before a long flash = unit of 10 and a short flash = 1. So say you had 1 long flash and 2 short flashes then you would have a fault code 12. if you search on here you will find a list of what the codes mean but for now don't concern yourself with this until you have done what I have suggested.

Let us know how you get on mate
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Old 08 Sep 2008, 01:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ah Nelson,
Cheers mate, you cant beat plain old english, ha ha
Really appreciate it!
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Old 09 Sep 2008, 10:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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my check engine light was flashing after one of the dump valve/boost pipes being melted but now repaired it and plugged the connectors in to reset the ecu and now it just stays on the car seems to have plenty of power and runs ok but if engine check light is just staying on and not flashing then do i still have a problem or did i just not reset it right?
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Old 10 Sep 2008, 08:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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There is a correct procedure to reset the ECU so it sounds to me like you have either not reset the ECU correctly or have left the plugs still connected?
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Re: Check Engine, impreza 2000 Turbo 4WD

Check this thread.

ECU Reset... How many different methods are there???

Unfortunately dont think the Saxonfields link in that thread still has the great write up it used to have on resets, but you should find what you need in there.
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Unfortunately dont think the Saxonfields link in that thread still has the great write up it used to have on resets
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Re: Check Engine, impreza 2000 Turbo 4WD

That'd be the one!

How'd you find it? My browser kept telling me it couldn't find it.
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How'd you find it? My browser kept telling me it couldn't find it.
I found this .Org thread with the Saxonfields link. "1997 impreza outback Engine missfire"
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Old 10 Sep 2008, 12:17 PM   #14 (permalink)
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cheers guys been doing my head in but i already have the saxonfields link from one of the other topics but im not the brightest spark with things like this lol but ill take the laptop to the garage and do it step by step lol cheers lads

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One quick way of reseting is to take off the neg lead of the battery then hit the brake to discharge the cars electrics then reconect

Just make sure you know the code for the stereo and the the alarm if its got one

This works well for me and saves messing around under the dash
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