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Kevin C., Subaru Master Tech.
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Experience:  34 years of Subaru service experience, ASE Master Technician.
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We have an '03 Outback with about 130,000 miles. We have a

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We have an '03 Outback with about 130,000 miles . We have a reputable, local mechanic with whom we are very pleased. The vehicle has given us a minimum of problems until now. The check engine light was on and with a thorough check no major problems were discovered EXCEPT the emissions. Apparently the NY or national standards currently are such that it is often difficult to find and correct the balance in the fuel emissions, thus the vehicle cannot pass inspection. From other sources we learned this is frequently a problem with subarus! Our mechanic has had the vehicle for some time, driven it, checked it again, made adjustments, driven it again, given us a 10 pass (which he can only do once) so WE can drive it, and after a few miles the emissions problem presents itself again. So we can't legally drive the car.
My question: Where might this problem originate, and what might the mechanic do to solve this? We are very frustrated!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 1 year ago.

When the Check Engine Light was on, what were the Diagnostic Trouble Codes (aka "P-Codes") that were stored in the computer?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We don't know. Our mechanic would know.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Cancel this whole thing please. Cancel the credit card #***** Don't know enough about this.
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 1 year ago.

Ok, we'll really need those codes as they will point us in the direction of where to begin. If you cannot get the codes from the mechanic, You can have these p-codes read FREE (except in California) at any local "big chain" part store (ie. AutoZone, PepBoys, Advanced, etc).