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Old 12-13-2016, 10:05 PM   #1
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Last week Nancy came home and told me the check engine light had come on and the traction icon had lit up. When I checked I found that the cruise control icon was also lit. A short time later the lights went back to normal but two times thereafter that same sequence occurred. Then things went back to normal and have remained so. When this occurred the cruise would not engage. Nothing else seemed to be affected. Have others had this happen? (This is a '14 XV with about 29,000 miles.)

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Old 12-14-2016, 12:19 AM   #2
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Since we're stuck indoors due to heavy snow I spent this evening searching old columns on the forum and found the thread that dates back to '13/'14 citing this problem which seemed to appear much earlier in most of the cars posted. So, is the ECU (ECM) the cluprit? We've now driven about 100 miles since the spirits left the dash and they've not yet reappeared.
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:10 AM   #3
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Can you have the shop scan for any DTC,s ?(Diagnostic Trouble Codes). Even tho the CEL is out it will/could have codes stored. They will plug into the OBDll and see.
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Sounds like something that may possibly pop up with a wheel speed sensor problem. This is not something an OBD-II reader can catch and may require the use of a Subaru proprietary scan tool, usually only found at Subaru dealerships and Subaru-specific shops that can afford the scan tool.

The owner's manual lines out all potential issues or behaviors of those malfunction indicator lamps in page 3-12 (Check Engine light), page 3-19 (VDC light), and 3-22 (Cruise Control light).
http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/114...413DSTIS_9.pdf

Based on the descriptions, it would be best to bring it to a local Subaru dealer for further diagnosis. It would be best to tell the service advisor with as much detail and conditions as possible so they can best pinpoint the problem. A wheel speed sensor or other problem related to those subsystems may become a serious safety in the long run.
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