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Old 01-27-2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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My 2005 Impreza Outback Sport develoed a miss and the check engine light came on and the cruise light flashed. My mechanic says the OBD says #3 misfire. OK, it has 110,000 needs plugs and wires. However, he calls and says it is a Calf model and the wires he ordered won't fit as they are mismatched to the distributor (I know it isn't a distributor, but can't remember what they are now called).
Is he right that there are different wires for Calf emission engines and Pa. engines (this car was sold new in Pa and never out as far as I know)?

I see nothing here on this and the parts vendors I have checked just list a single wire set for 2005 Outback Sports????
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:04 PM   #2
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It sounds like BS. Plug wires are pretty basic things and they don't do anything special in relation to emissions at all. The tech might have ordered the wrong year or something as the ignition system has changed over the years.
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:52 PM   #3
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I forgot to mention that he said it was a male female plug issue, ie he got wire that were male where they plug into the distributor instead of female ( I may have that backwards).

Do all Subaru have female -female ended plug wires?
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:05 PM   #4
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Yes... well the EJ series do at least.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:19 PM   #5
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Thank you for your prompt reply, I will be curious to see these mystery wires.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:56 AM   #6
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I've seen some wires that looked different because the coil pack was slightly off to the side (one side was shorter maybe?). Instead of coming straight out the boot part was bent at 90 degrees on the coil pack side. They should still be female on the coil pack side though.

Edit: Apparently someone already posted this in the other plug wires thread...
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:27 AM   #7
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I thought 2005 was the first year for right angle plugs at the coil pack, because it got moved for better corrosion resistance. The older ones are straight-on, are they not? Maybe that's the the issue?
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