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Eml and traction control and cruise lights on been told it's an oxy sensor how do you tell which one is crook ???

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There is a lot of talk about this subject on blog pages. You need a scanner to tell which sensor, but I read that a lot of the issues are due to failing catallitic converters. They are expensive for a subaru. (And yes it will disable cruise control) I would get more of a detailed recommendation instead of just replacing parts. Get it scanned by someone who know subaru's.

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