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Ecs light is on in my '85 subaru wagon gl, the computer flashes red 2 slow 4 fast. What does this mean? my car also will not go over 45mph.

The alternator died on us to start this off. we changed the alternator, now car won't go over 45mph. the ecs light would go on, but only on if i've driven 20 min, and would never really affect the drive. Now it's almost constantly on. Hard time starting. It is also very hard to turn sharp, we cannot find the power steering to check the fluid? Alot of components in my car are not attatched to anything, wiring and the such. please help. I bought this car for $300 and can't spend too much into it. Would like to keep it running though. Thanks

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The 24 obd code is vehicle speed sensor error [a wiring problem between the speed sensor and the ecm ] the speed sensor is what the transmission basically uses to change gears and regulate speed while u drive u stated wires were disconnected u will have to start with a wire schematic or get a repair [chilton,clymer,reference in local library] manual-u need to start hooking up the wires that are disconnected

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Its in limp mode to prevent damage due to major malfunction... this is exactly what its supposed to do when something goes wrong... take to have the codes read and post which codes were present. Good luck and ill wait to hear back from you. Mark

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SOURCE: Added new power steering fluid to the old now my steering is hard

First question is : Was the fluid added marked as poere steering fluid? If so, it's odd that the steering would suddenly become hard. What I would do is disconnect the return line (the one that has a hose clamp on it, not a pressure fitting)
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You may have a fuel leak. when there is odor of gas there ia a leak somewhere. Pop the hood and check with your nose where the smell is coming from. Once you isolate the location of the odor check with your hands. if your hand is wet and smells of gas you have found the leak. Next get a mirror to see if you can replace the hose yorself. In some cases due to the age of the car and since most fuel lines are made of rubber, after some time they can become corrosive and start to leak. Check the fuel lines. If the smell is entering your cab while you drive the problem is in the front of the car due to the fact that as you drive the rushing air will cause the odors to dissipate. Good Luck!!!

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