Question about 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
All instrument cluster lights are on. no power steering. radio and ac still work. car starts immediately after problem occurs. side note: intermittently, the cruise light and traction control light steadily are on and the sport light flashes every 5 sec. Once car shuts off, then ignition engages, sometimes lights turn off. Poss. shudder shift (occasionally)between 2nd to 3rd (accelerating and decelerating)car is at running temp when episode happens, but seems like it happens rarely.
Power steering only works when engine is running as it driven by a pump similar to your water pump. You say AC works, the fan motor may work, but w/o engine it will not cool air as it runs a compressor and probably has free-wheel clutch pulley.
How many miles are on your vehicle? Do you know if spark plugs have been changed? How about either ignition coil?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
To properly diagnose problem and the seriousness of it, you should either purchase an OBD2 code reader or take it to a mechanic to read the code and diagnose the problem based on the code. I've also heard you can go to an Autozone store and their staff will let you use their code reader for free.
The OBDII port is located just inches below the steering wheel.
Posted on Aug 11, 2009
Take the car to Autozone or similar business for a free code read with a scanner. Depending on what turns up, they will be happy to sell you any needed parts.
Posted on Dec 26, 2009
I HAD THIS SAME PROBLEM BACK IN AUGUST. GO GET YOU TIMING CHECKED I DID NOT AND I BLEW MY ENGINE. SUBARU TOLD ME I "OIL STARVED" THE ENGINE AND DID NOT HONOR THE WARRANTY FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN ON THE WEB THIS HAS HAPPENED ON MORE THEN ONE OCCASION. LONG STORY SHORT I GOT THE CHICKEN AND EGG STORY WHAT HAPPENED FIRST TIMING WHEEL BREAKING AND CLOGGING THE OIL OR OIL NOT RUNNING PROPER AND THE TIMING WHEEL BREAKING. NOW I HAVE A CAR SITTING IN MY DRIVEWAY WAITING FOR A TEN THOUSAND YES TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR ENGINE. AND THREE MORE YEARS OF PAYMENTS
Posted on Feb 28, 2010
Hello, whenever the check engine light comes on the cruse light will flash as well, that is normal. The check engine light will not come on if fluid levels are low or if the temp is getting to high, I am pleased to know that you checked all of the fluids, most wouldn't have even the slightest thought to even try checking them. The On Board Diagnostics or OBD-2 for short only sets a check engine light when the ECM or Electronic Control Module reads a sensor value either too high or too low, but it has to read that same fault 3 consecutive times in a row to turn on the check engine light (w/ flashing cruise). Otherwise your check engine light would be going on and off all the time. I would go to your local parts store and have them check the codes for free because a dealer will have to charge you labor for them to check due to the knowledge needed to use the highly sophisticated scan tool they use. That way you can go either to an independent shop or a dealer with what the other scanner says is wrong which cuts down on the cost of repairs. They will probably ask you if you fueled up just before the engine light came on, in which that would be code P0440:EVAP leak(very small leak), that means the fuel tank sensor doesn't like how you put the fuel cap on. Subaru recommends AT LEAST 3 clicks when tightening your fuel cap. But until that code is checked you won't know whats wrong, if nothing went boom or bang you'll probably be ok. If it does end up being a fuel cap leak, then just loosen the cap put it back on and just make 1 full revolution, and just keep driving it. The light will go off within 3 full warm up cool down cycles or (drive cycles). I hope this info helps...(subyguru)...
Posted on Apr 04, 2010
I have owned five Subarus and this is a problem I that have never seen before. When your TCS light comes on, it disables cruise control, so that part should not worry you.
Since your TCS and check engine light came on together, I suspect the "problem" was with the transmission. It sounds like a one-time "fluke".
You can go to any good auto parts store and ask to borrow their ECM analyzer.... it is a "box" that wil talk to your Tribeca's computer and let you know exactly what the problem is. You connect it to the jack by the drivers side left knee, then turn the key on (but do not start). Follow the directions on the screen and it will give you a readout of what problems it sees.
Copy down the displayed information in case you need it.... The code number(s) and description(s) can be very helpful.
Follow the on-screen instructions and clear (erase) the problems. Turn off your car, disconnect the box, and after you return it drive home and see if the lights come back. You may have had a "freak" occurance, and that is what I am hoping happened... you hit a pothole or bump just right and the computer lost its mind for just a second....
If it gives you any peace of mind.... the 3.0 H-6 Subaru engine is the absolutely most solid, best performing engine I have ever experienced in a car.. Mine was a 2001 LL Bean Limited and I LOVED IT! My big mistake was giving it to one of my children.... but that story is best left to a blog and not this forum!!!
Posted on Feb 12, 2011
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