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Old 04-05-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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Default CEL Problems. Please help!

So, I've had my 2006 WRX wagon for about a month now, and I absolutely love it. The only problem being I keep getting a check engine light. It won't come on if I only drive in the city-no matter how many miles I drive over an extended period of time-but as soon as I'm on the highway for little more than an hour, the light comes on! The car runs and idles completely fine with no problems. It has a little over 40k miles on.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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Get it scanned so we know what code it is. That'll help.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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My bad. I forgot to put the code in the post. It said it was an EVAP system leak.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
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Evap detected small leak its the most pain In the ass code ever the hole can be as small as a pin hole. My 06 tr does the same exact thing only on the highway. I just clear it every time
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:52 PM   #5
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I'd prefer to be able to just get rid of it permanently. It's kind of a pain in the ass when I can use cruise control on the highway. And I don't feel like pulling over every time it happens to pull my battery to reset it.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:54 PM   #6
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Agreed. Might be able to get a smoke test done at a garage that should find the hole. It is a bitch when cruising to the beach. Having to hook the access port up and reset it
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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Is that normally expensive? I've never had to get an EVAP system test done before.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:02 PM   #8
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I'm also curious as to why it only happens on the highway. It has literally been 800 miles since the last time I had to reset my CEL. But as soon as I was on the highway for a little over an hour, the light was back on.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:04 PM   #9
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Has to do with code being set time. I think it's over 50mph for 2 full drive cycles. I had a code printed out from all data but then threw it away
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Pretty sure it pays 1.0 so what ever the shop flat rate is. Prob around 100 bucks. An independent shop will be cheaper there rates lower
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:05 PM   #11
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No it's not expensive to find. They'll just smoke test it to find the leak. Could be something as simple as a faulty gas cap. Whatever it is, it's not the end of the world. Take it to any shop that deals with emissions and they'll take care of it
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:11 PM   #12
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That doesn't sound too bad. Thanks for the advice, guys!
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:29 PM   #13
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Just had my check engine light come back in small evap leak found pin hole size. Think it's time to hookup the smoke machine
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really..... this is what this poor sad forum has come too?
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Has come to what?
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:59 AM   #16
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really..... this is what this poor sad forum has come too?
You know, there's this new crazy thing people are doing where you don't have to post on a topic if you don't have anything to say that's related to it. You should definitely try it.
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