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2006 Subaru ABS light and check engine light on, snowy conditions

2006 Subaru Outback AWD - ABS light and check engine light have come on in snowy conditions. In addition the "cruise" light is flashing. The trip odometer was showing "Er 55" until I shut the engine off. When I turned the engine back on, the only difference was the "Er 55" mesage did not show on the trip odometer.

I have a lot of ice buildup under the car behind the front wheels. Before I noticed the problem noted above, I was in some deep snow and had spun the wheels a bit before creeping out.

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  • missushenry Dec 25, 2008

    i spun my weels a little getting over a hump of snow, then i backed up, then went foward...no problem...but the ABS and the check engine lights both came on. i restarted the engine...ABS went off but check engine still on....

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An addition to my previous post (after talking to my husband more). Three of our wheels were snow packed. Not the wheel wells, but the inside of the wheels. He thinks that this is what caused the problem. The ABS sensors are located there. Having them encased in snow was likely what caused this condition. Solution = clean all the snow off your tires -- and the problem should go away. Sounds like the problem is moisture gets into the ABS sensor or something shorts out with the communications to those sensors.

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  • SnowyMN Jan 02, 2009

    For some reason my first post didn't display... basically we went into the ditch (barely) and spun the wheels a bit to get out. After that, the ABS light was solid on, Error Code 55 in the odometer display, and flashing Cruise. Fixing it involved putting the Subaru into the warm garage and letting things MELT. Snow was packed on the inside of 3 wheels (where the ABS sensors are). Not really a solution -- but the problem went away! (i.e. the problem can happen again if we get snow packed along the wheels).

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