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We are leasing a 2006 Outback. The lease is up at the end of the month, so I have been reluctant to invest any more money into it. However, for the past few weeks, the car has frequently been stalling early on in the drive when we come to a stop sign or a red light. Lately, I've also been noticing that it really seems to lurch when it switches gears (in particular going from 1st to 2nd). Now, this morning, for the first time, my wife noticed that the "check engine" light was flashing.

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Idling problems and problems that ocurr when revving low can be caused by a number of faults. Common faults may be caused by:

Vacuum leaks.
Faulty MAF sensor.
Gas tank cap.
IAC valve.
Distribution problems.
Fuel circulation problems.
O2 sensor faults.

If there is a check engine light , the problem had been detected by the ECU (car computer), and there is one or more OBDII fault code stored in the car electronic control.

The best thing to do is driving to the nearest Autozone, or to the nearest garage and having an OBDII code scanning done.

I addressed you to Autozone because they do the code scanning free of charge. If you go to Autozone, be ready to write down the codes. The scan can otherwise be done for a small fee at any local garage.

The code will tell you what the problem can be. A faulty MAF sensor or a vacuum problem may cause the troubles you experienced.



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