My 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback w/ 2.2 L engine recently had a problem w/ the #3 cylinder not firing and the engine light came on. I had the spark plugs
, wires, and ignition coil replaced, and the engine tuned up. The engine runs smooth w/ no hint of misfire. The engine light stays on and the OBD-II meter continues to give code P0303 'Cylinder 3 misfire detected' even after I attempted to reset with the erase key on the meter numerous times. The meter says the code is stored. The meter is an INNOVA 3040C. I disconnected the battery
overnight and attempted to access the codes after reconnecting the meter and turning the key to the 'position' without starting the car. Theoretically, the codes should have been cleared based on other information I read on the internet. The code continues to show up. Do you have any idea as to how to clear the code, since the erase feature doesn't seem to erase the code and battery disconnect doesn't appear to work either?
JA: Have you seen this code before? Have you tried a hard reset?
Customer: I haven't seen the code before. The ignition coil crapped out and the spark plug wire to #3 cylinder was fried at the ignition coil. Replacing wires, plugs, ignition coil and tuneup worked. What is a hard reset?
JA: Are you fixing your Outback yourself? What have you tried so far? Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: I have a recently retired auto mechanic (40 years experience) working on the car. He can't figure out why we can't get the light to go out with the procedures we have done.