Subaru Fault Codes

Discussion in 'Subaru WRX Type RA Help & advice forum' started by Method, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. Method

    Method Type RA Member

    Came across this guide on fleabay, not sure if it's any good or correct:

    How to clear the fault codes on your Subaru including Legacys and Imprezas
    Most cars simply store fault codes and thats it. Subarus on the other hand have 2 modes. You can read the stored fault codes or you can check them while the car is driven. This is useful if you have a fault code that only appears when you drive and doesn't hang about long enough to be stored.

    Reading and clearing the codes themselves is pretty easy. This method should work on all Pre 1999 Subarus with proper ECUs (so if you have a 1978 Brat pick up you don't need to read any more!) After 1999 Subaru began using the EOBD system on their UK cars. I am not 100% sure if the imports after 1999 can still be read like this. No harm in trying I suppose!

    How to read the stored codes. Do this before you try the dynamic method.

    Turn the ignition off
    Find the diagnostic connectors. They are usually under the dash on the drivers side near the centre console. There should be a pair of black connectors (1), a pair of green (2)and a big yellow one (3 We don't need to worry about that!). You are looking for the black pair.
    Connect the black connectors together.
    Turn the ignition on but don't start it.
    Check the engine management light comes on. If it doesn't some snake in the grass has disconnected it! This happens because people are scared of having to take the car to the dealer to have it fixed!
    Count the number of flashes. Long flashes count for 10 and short ones are single units. So the code 38 would be 3 long flashes then 8 quick ones.
    If it just flashes long flashes continually there are no codes stored.
    Anyway, count the flashes and check against the list below.
    Turn the ignition back off then disconnect the black connectors. If you mess things up just disconnect the black connectors and start again.


    Fault codes
    1111 No codes stored
    11 Crankshaft position sensor (Don't confuse with above, usually when the crankshaft sensor if dodgy the thing won't start anyway)
    12 Starter switch faulty
    13 Camshaft position sensor
    14 Injector no.1
    15 Injector no.2
    16 Injector no.3
    17 Injector (You guessed it!) No.4
    21 Engine temp sensor
    22 Knock sensor
    23 Mass air flow sensor
    24 Idle air control sensor (usually accompanied by running too fast/slow)
    31 Throttle position sensor
    32 O2 sensor
    33 Vehicle speed sensor
    35 Emissions canister purge valve
    38 Torque control signal (Automatics)
    42 Closed throttle position
    44 Turbo wastegate regulator malfunction
    45 MAP sensor
    49 CO adjustment resistor for older cars not fitted with cats
    51 Neutral switch (Manual gearbox)

    Remember just because the fault code states a component it does not automatically mean that part is knackered. ALWAYS check the wiring, connectors and battery terminals etc. before galloping down to the dealer with your wallet flapping!

    Dynamic mode

    Get the engine to operating temperature, when the cooling fans have just switched off.
    Turn the car and ignition off.

    Connect the green conectors this time (No.2 in the picture)
    Switch the ignition on but don't fire it up or it won't work!
    Check the management light is on. If it is you can start it up.
    If the light doesn't flash drive the car above 10mph for about a minute, no less than 30 seconds.
    Stop driving and rev the car up to 2000rpm for at least a minute (this is great when you have an Impreza Turbo with a big exhaust!)
    Count the flashes on the management light. Remember a long flash is 10 and a quick flash is 1.
    Compare the code to the list above.
    Turn the ignition off and disconnect the green connectors.

    Thats you!

    How to clear them!

    Make sure the engine is up to normal temperature (the cooling fans have just turned off)
    Turn the ignition off
    Connect the green connectors together

    and connect the black ones together too
    Switch the ignition on but don't start it.
    Check the management light is on.
    Drive the car for about a minute above 10mph
    Stop and rev the car to at least 2000 revs for at least a minute
    Check the light flashes 4 long flashes (Indicating fault code 1111)
    Switch the ignition off and disconnect the green and black plugs
  2. jodie

    jodie Type RA Member

    yip i got somthing like that somewhere (good find)

    all you need to do is disconnect the battery for 15 min ( well it worked for me:D;)). that will rest the ecu


    Dean what ya think about makeing this a sticky in the FAQ??
  3. MYR58U

    MYR58U Type RA Member

    From a local Subie forum. These have always checked out for me :)

  4. mick

    mick Type RA Member

    please help me my fault code is saying number 54 choke control system anyone know if it does have one and where it is many thanks

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