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Old 06-13-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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Hello all. I'm trying to gather some info for my sister who recently purchased a 2011 Outback Limited. Her first car started throwing all kinds of warning lights within a week of purchase. The dealer told her that the car was fine but that Subaru didn't have "new code" to fix the problem. They replaced the car with another new one. Now she has car #2 and it is doing the same thing. This is her dream car but she is very hesitant to take car #3 when there could be some kind of systemic problem. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-13-2011, 10:47 PM   #2
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How about gathering some more info for us? What kind of lights? What codes is it throwing? I haven't seen any weird flashing lights on any of the 11s I've worked on.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:11 PM   #3
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I have a 2011 Outback. Within 1 week of purchase I had a low tire pressure light come on for no reason - other than cool temps that night. I discussed it with my dealer and he said that '11 Outbacks and Foresters were becoming known for sensitive sensors (?). He did add a minute amount of air to the tire as it may have been a pound or two low.

Temps have been warmer ever since and the low pressure warning hasn't returned.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:39 PM   #4
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I have a 2011, no issues whatsoever, though I'd take one in white if I get a do-over like your sister.

I don't think MY12 is released, so she does have a 2012, you may need help from time travelers and their CEL-fighting devices of the future..
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:02 PM   #5
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I have a 2011 Outback. Within 1 week of purchase I had a low tire pressure light come on for no reason - other than cool temps that night. I discussed it with my dealer and he said that '11 Outbacks and Foresters were becoming known for sensitive sensors (?). He did add a minute amount of air to the tire as it may have been a pound or two low.

Temps have been warmer ever since and the low pressure warning hasn't returned.
Cool temps are a perfectly good reason for the TPMS light to come on. If your tire pressure is set to 32/30 in a shop using hot air while the tires are hot, when they naturally cool down they're going to lose a PSI or three, and then couple that with cool overnight temps and you may lose another couple of PSI, which might drop you below the threshold.

In the shop manual it states for 30 degree outside temps, your tires should be inflated to 35/33 psi f/r in a 60 degree shop. At 10 degrees, raise that up to 37/35, and at -10 degrees inflate them to 39/37 psi to avoid a TPMS light from coming on when the tires return to ambient temps outside.
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