Jump to content


Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse
 

Photo
- - - - -

Check Engine Light??? 2000 Outback


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 boysoccer3

boysoccer3

    USMB Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30 posts
  • boise, Idaho

Posted 25 January 2004 - 12:32 AM

I just bought a 2000 OBW and am pleased with almost everything. In fact, I just took it camping and we wheeled in 2 ft of snow. I am proud to say that the Suby made it further than three other SUV's.

The problem I have is that the check engine light has come on twice. The first time I replaced the 02 sensor and the light went off. The second time I replaced the spark plugs and lead wires, and the light went off for about 300 miles and came on again. I am afraid that I need a new catalytic converter. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how much do new caty's cost? Thank you all.

(and yes I have checked the gas cap!!!:D)

#2 86subaru

86subaru

    Elite Master of the Subaru

  • Members
  • 3,094 posts
  • ohio

Posted 25 January 2004 - 06:59 AM

we have a 2000 outback a/t wagon , make sure the fuel cap is on tight , aleast 5-6 clicks after you put it on , it might be it , just my .02

#3 86subaru

86subaru

    Elite Master of the Subaru

  • Members
  • 3,094 posts
  • ohio

Posted 25 January 2004 - 07:00 AM

sorry did not read all the way down

#4 99obw

99obw

    this space for rent

  • Members
  • 1,595 posts
  • Ithaca area

Posted 25 January 2004 - 07:35 AM

What code is being set? You can pull the code by either buying an OBDII scanner or having a parts store like autozone pull it for you.

Without the code it is hard to know where to start.

#5 timintc

timintc

    USMB Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 78 posts
  • Traverse City

Posted 09 December 2004 - 09:28 PM

I just bought a 2000 OBW and am pleased with almost everything. In fact, I just took it camping and we wheeled in 2 ft of snow. I am proud to say that the Suby made it further than three other SUV's.

The problem I have is that the check engine light has come on twice. The first time I replaced the 02 sensor and the light went off. The second time I replaced the spark plugs and lead wires, and the light went off for about 300 miles and came on again. I am afraid that I need a new catalytic converter. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how much do new caty's cost? Thank you all.

(and yes I have checked the gas cap!!!:D)

Also have a 2000 but its a legacy 2.5 sohc it turned out to be the knock sensor, had the code cleared several times also uhooked the battery, made the light go off sometimes for a day or two but always came back on, eventually had the sensor changed and that was that no more light, the car never ran any different but my subaru mechanic said eventually i would have had an engine failure at some point, hope this was helpful.

#6 brus brother

brus brother

    Subaru Master

  • Members
  • 1,882 posts
  • Connecticut

Posted 09 December 2004 - 10:17 PM

Like 99OBW said, go to an auto supply store like Autozone and they will pull the code for free with their scanner and tell you what's defective. Otherwise, you can change every part that anyone else had a problem with and still not solve your problem.

#7 photo2001

photo2001

    USMB Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 110 posts
  • Northeastern U.S.

Posted 10 December 2004 - 01:10 AM

I just bought a 2000 OBW and am pleased with almost everything. In fact, I just took it camping and we wheeled in 2 ft of snow. I am proud to say that the Suby made it further than three other SUV's.

The problem I have is that the check engine light has come on twice. The first time I replaced the 02 sensor and the light went off. The second time I replaced the spark plugs and lead wires, and the light went off for about 300 miles and came on again. I am afraid that I need a new catalytic converter. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how much do new caty's cost? Thank you all.

(and yes I have checked the gas cap!!!:D)


The 'check engine' light has been coming on periodically since I've owned my 2000 Forester. I had the O2 sensor replaced on the recall, and within a few days the light came on again. I find that if I tighten the gas cap after a fill-up, the light is less likely to come on. It was also recommended that I don't 'top-off' the tank when filling up, which I had a habit of doing. I've been driving for five years without any engine problems. I think it's just a thing you learn to live with with some subies. Btw, my dealer tried to convince me that it was a problem with some part at the bottom of my gas tank and would cost me about $600 to fix. Nice try on his part. He backed off when he found out I had an extended warranty, lol.

#8 HAGENDAS

HAGENDAS

    New User

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 13 posts
  • STERLING

Posted 10 December 2004 - 10:33 AM

The 'check engine' light has been coming on periodically since I've owned my 2000 Forester. I had the O2 sensor replaced on the recall, and within a few days the light came on again. I find that if I tighten the gas cap after a fill-up, the light is less likely to come on. It was also recommended that I don't 'top-off' the tank when filling up, which I had a habit of doing. I've been driving for five years without any engine problems. I think it's just a thing you learn to live with with some subies. Btw, my dealer tried to convince me that it was a problem with some part at the bottom of my gas tank and would cost me about $600 to fix. Nice try on his part. He backed off when he found out I had an extended warranty, lol.

Don't forget the primary o2 aka air fuel sensor...

#9 howards11

howards11

    2000 Forester L

  • Members
  • 667 posts
  • PHL

Posted 10 December 2004 - 11:40 AM

Don't forget the primary o2 aka air fuel sensor...


Aren't the O2 sensors defined as FRONT and REAR ?


~Howard
:-\

#10 HAGENDAS

HAGENDAS

    New User

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 13 posts
  • STERLING

Posted 10 December 2004 - 12:02 PM

Aren't the O2 sensors defined as FRONT and REAR ?


~Howard
:-\

Depends on the manufacturer.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users