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Old 09-24-2001, 03:50 PM   #1
janikphoto
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Default reset cel...

I read in other posts about resetting the check engine light. What's the procedure for resetting it on a 2001?
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Old 09-24-2001, 09:11 PM   #2
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Easy way: disconnect the negative battery cable for half an hour. However, you lose your radio settings and such.

Second way - this works on a 2nd Gen Legacy (95-99) and I think on a 1st gen as well, so it might work on yours.

Under the hood, there's a second fusebox behind the battery and washer fluid reservoir. Open the box, and remove the second green fuse from the left (labeled SBF #2 - slow-blow fuse - in the diagram on the box lid) for half an hour. No loss of radio settings or anything. Your transmission and engine management systems will have to re-learn, but sometimes that's a good thing.
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Old 09-26-2001, 08:07 PM   #3
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Default Two birds with one stone.....

OK, I read your post and disconnected the SBF#2 fuse. I did this because my CEL came on a few mintues after my fuel light came on. I'm not sure if that's a coincidence or if something is really wrong. BTW, I own a 2000 Legacy and didn't want to disconnct the battery and lose all my presets.
I also just installed my K&N filter. I hope resetting the ECU will adjust the engine and tranny settings according to my new air filter.
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Old 09-27-2001, 09:25 PM   #4
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I also just installed my K&N filter. I hope resetting the ECU will adjust the engine and tranny settings according to my new air filter.
I seem to recall my CEL going on after installing a K&N, until I reset the ECU. Too much unexpected airflow?
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Old 09-28-2001, 07:20 PM   #5
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Default pulling the fuse did not work........

I did what you said and pulled the SBF#2 fuse for about 45minutes. I then put it back and my CEL was still on. I guess that trick doens't work on the newer Legacy's. I'll have to disconnect the battery and reset my stereo setting now. That better turn the CEL off or I'll have to go back to the dealer.

BTW-The K&N filter is awesome. I didn't expect to much but did notice a difference. Especially throttle response, it doesn't hesitate at all anymore. From any complete stop the car moves instantly with a touch of the pedal. The acceleration is much more linear too. It's no AEM CAI, but it's something.
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