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Old 05-31-2013, 12:07 PM   #1
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***perhaps a mod could sticky this***, it's pretty useful information IMO.

Hi All,

I mentioned this idea in another thread, but basically I want to start a large FAQ with regards to the newer generation GR/GV chassis (MY08+) STis. This is because a wealth of information is for the older GD 04-07 era, and many of us own the newer style now.

We want to include things like tips/tricks, fixes for common issues, general tech knowledge about the car, but not anything relating to "style" unless it's to install something many people may have (e.g. Rally Armor mud flaps Installation et al), or may have trouble with. Also I want to see a place where we can link to threads with detailed installation/troubleshooting pictures.

I will update the first post with links to new "FAQs" that people add to the thread. Also reserving posts 2/3 for spacing.

KB Articles:
Manually Disable A/C When Defrosting - DIGGYGV8
Disable Seatbelt Chime/Detection - DIGGYGV8
MY08-13 Replacement Bulb Sizes - Neilm
Faulty Brake Light Switch Causing Limp Mode - DIGGYGV8
MY11+ Sedan Rear Deck Rattle *incomplete* - DIGGYGV8
Disable Hill Assist - DIGGYGV8
"Stumble Fix" Under Acceleration for GR/GV STis - belaud

If you try any of the above mods, and your model is not listed in the tested compatibility list, please either pm me, or post in thread, and I will have it updated to reflect the new info.

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Old 05-31-2013, 12:07 PM   #2
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:08 PM   #3
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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For the first tip/trick I know...

*disclaimer* All information I know (unless otherwise stated) is gathered from owning my '11 STi Sport-Tech Canadian Model. Please take extreme caution, and use any information at your own risk.

Problem:
It was that I was being annoyed at the A/C automatically turning on when I change my vent setting to defrost the front windshield. Sometimes I just want the windshield to have warm-ish air to defrost without the A/C on. In other cars I've owned, there was a certain button sequence to disable the auto A/C.

Solution:
- If you are on defrost vent position already (and unsure if the compressor is running):
press the A/C button to turn the A/C on, and then off. This will ensure the A/C compressor is off, and you will still be in defrost vent position, but without A/C on.

- If you are on any other vent position (and desire to be in defrost without A/C):
move selector to defrost vent position, the A/C light should come on, press A/C once to turn off the compressor.

Notes:
If you change the vent to any other selection, and back to full defrost, it will automatically turn on A/C again.
If you have climate control (Sport-Tech for MY11-13), and have HVAC set to AUTO control, you will be able to turn off A/C manually, but this will affect performance.
The setting will remain if you change the fan speed, AND if you turn off the car.

Tested Compatibility:
- MY09 STi
- MY10 STi
- MY11 STi w/ Sport-Tech
- MY12 STi w/ Sport-Tech

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Old 05-31-2013, 12:45 PM   #5
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an old trick that apparently worked for GDs too

*disclaimer* All information I know (unless otherwise stated) is gathered from owning my '11 STi Sport-Tech Canadian Model. Please take extreme caution, and use any information at your own risk.

Problem:
The car will chime, and complain if the driver or passenger seatbelt isn't clicked into the buckle. Whatever the reason (short trips, diagnosis), if you wish to have the chime disabled, and further more detection of the seatbelt AFTER diagnostic.

Solution:
- Get in the car, sit in driver's seat (make sure all doors are closed)
- Insert key into ignition and turn to ON (2 clicks) *read notes if you have a MY07 Impreza
- Within this time, insert, and eject seatbelt from buckle 20 times within 30 seconds (I've heard that outbacks, foresters, and other Subarus require 20 times as well)
- When the process is complete, there will be no visual/audible indication, take the key out of ignition

Notes:
- To Test: start car, wait for initial systems check beeping to stop, drive around without seatbelt clicked in, not only will the chime be gone, but the seatbelt reminder indicator should be off
- The system check will just double check that the buckles are there, beyond that, it will no longer recognize if the driver/passenger have their seatbelts clicked in.
- If your car loses power, or ECU is reset, you may have to re-do this operation to have the desired effect.
- For MY07 Impreza, it requires the ignition to physically be turned on and THEN click the seatbelt

Tested Compatibility:
- MY07 Impreza (thanks thesniperz)
- MY07 STi
- MY09 STi (thanks aawen)
- MY10 STi
- MY11 STi w/ Sport-Tech package
- MY12 STi w/ Sport-Tech package
- MY12 2.0i Impreza (thanks lymphomaniac)

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Old 05-31-2013, 01:05 PM   #6
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Great advice. I'm gonna do the seatbelt chime mod today.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:15 PM   #7
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Great advice. I'm gonna do the seatbelt chime mod today.
Yeah, it's annoying as hell. Originally, the reason I needed that was because my car got broken into and they took my buckles with my seats. Let me know if it works!
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I wonder if the A/C disable for defrost mode works for the 12+ 2.0i Imprezas? Hmmm...
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this is a wondtacular thread! are the suggestions just limited to problems? or can we post things like headlight disassembly, how-to's, bulb types.. so on?
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:32 PM   #10
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I wonder if the A/C disable for defrost mode works for the 12+ 2.0i Imprezas? Hmmm...
it should, as it's not a permanent disable, and it worked for a MY12 STi the other day I was driving.

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this is a wondtacular thread! are the suggestions just limited to problems? or can we post things like headlight disassembly, how-to's, bulb types.. so on?
For sure! Just try your best to follow the format I've provided, and I will link it to the first post
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For sure! Just try your best to follow the format I've provided, and I will link it to the first post
Fantastic! i will try and gather some information and add to the knowledge base
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Fantastic! i will try and gather some information and add to the knowledge base
Awesome. I don't mind if it's not originally from you, but I would prefer it, so that we can verify that we've tested it.
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Default MY08-13 Replacement Bulb Sizes

2008-2013 Subaru WRX STI Replacement Light Bulb Size Guide

Low Beam Headlamp Light Bulb Size: HID-D2S, H11 halogen non hid models
High Beam Headlamp Light Bulb Size: 9005
Parking Light Bulb Size: 1157A
Front Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 1157A
Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 992 (7440A)
Tail Light Bulb Size: LED
Stop Light Bulb Size: LED
High Mount Stop Light Bulb Size: LED
Fog/Driving Light Bulb Size: 9006
License Plate Light Bulb Size: 168
Back Up Light Bulb Size: 7440
Front Side Marker Light Bulb Size: 1157A
Rear Side Marker Light Bulb Size: 168
Map Light Bulb Size: DE3175
Dome Light Bulb Size: DE3175
Trunk/Cargo Area Light Bulb Size: 2825

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it should, as it's not a permanent disable, and it worked for a MY12 STi the other day I was driving.
Awesome. I'll give it a try. The a/c unit is a real fuel hog, and although I like to send air to the windshield at times, I don't like the fact that it's dragging a/c into the equation.

I find that with a/c on it easily sucks 10% more fuel than when I drive without it. Such a pig!

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- If you are on any other vent position (and desire to be in defrost without A/C):
move selector to defrost vent position, the A/C light should come on, press A/C once to turn off the compressor.
The bolded part is the reason why I'm uncertain. Supposedly, in the interests of fielding less questions about the a/c, the Subaru engineers decided not to turn the a/c light on when in defrost mode.

In any case, it should (hopefully) be apparent whether or not the tip works when I try it next time it gets steamy in my car...
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Default Faulty Brake Light Switch Causing Limp Mode

A really annoying problem that as far as I know never had a write-up, apparently it's common to MY11 and up.

*disclaimer* All information I know (unless otherwise stated) is gathered from owning my '11 STi Sport-Tech Canadian Model. Please take extreme caution, and use any information at your own risk.

Problem:
1 week after owning my STi, I noticed the rear brake lights were not coming on until the physical brake pedal was pushed pretty decently far down (to the point where I would could carefully slow the car to a stop and keep it stopped without lighting up my brake lights at all). This didn't bother me too much at first, but I noticed people almost rear-ending me daily as they didn't know I was slowing down/stopping. I ended up having to brake from super far away to give more reaction time to drivers behind me. I got lazy, and took nothing else of it other than adjustment needed.

fast forward 2 more weeks, after owning my STi, I noticed that out of no-where (with or without harsh driving), the ABS light, Hill Assist, Cruise Control, and VDC/TCS lights would all come on, my car would be forced into "limp-mode" (Sport, DCCD Auto) and would not come out of that mode until I power cycle'd the car (ignition off, key out, and started up again). This happened probably 3 times in a week at seemingly random times. Although there are multiple causes for a car to jump into limp mode (there are no scanable codes unlike a CEL), the one I had was a faulty brake light switch

Solution:
A) Visit dealer, as this is a safety issue, it should be covered under warranty.

B) Attempt to adjust the brake light switch to the desired position
- Locate the brake light switch
- You may see a small black controller above the pedal, do NOT disconnect this
- Twist the brake light switch CCW (Counter Clock Wise)
- Locate the Stop Light Switch

Here is a diagram of where the switch is to help (Credit to ConanOBrien @ IWSTI)


- The Stop Light Switch should pop out
- Brake lights come on
- Adjust number of teeth on the switch itself

Here's an actual picture of what the "teeth" look like (Credit to wiretap_MD @ subarusociety)


- Put switch back in and turn clockwise
- Test with pedal, rinse and repeat to desired depth when pressing brakes (ideally they should come on if you LIGHTLY tap the pedal, but not when you rest your foot on it)

Notes:
- To Test: Have a friend help you check, or use a mirror. For Sedans with the stock wing, you should be able to see the red on your wing (through the rear view mirror) if it's dark enough.
- Be very careful with the switch itself, although it's meant for wear and tear it would seem that it's good for it's intended purpose only, and I've personally seen some break when people are taking them out

Tested Compatibility:
- MY10 STi
- MY11 STi w/ Sport-Tech

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Awesome. I'll give it a try. The a/c unit is a real fuel hog, and although I like to send air to the windshield at times, I don't like the fact that it's dragging a/c into the equation.

I find that with a/c on it easily sucks 10% more fuel than when I drive without it. Such a pig!



The bolded part is the reason why I'm uncertain. Supposedly, in the interests of fielding less questions about the a/c, the Subaru engineers decided not to turn the a/c light on when in defrost mode.

In any case, it should (hopefully) be apparent whether or not the tip works when I try it next time it gets steamy in my car...
I actually don't notice a HELL of a lot of fuel consumption with AC. I notice having to put extra load and all, but maybe I am just unconsciously compensating with my foot. At the end of the day, people's input can change the mileage by a huge factor.

I'm pretty sure in my car, unless I have the fan speed/vent selector at AUTO climate control, the A/C light will come on. But either way, the fix is to cycle the light to come on and then off to manually turn off A/C. Good luck
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2008-2013 Subaru WRX STI Replacement Light Bulb Size Guide

Low Beam Headlamp Light Bulb Size: HID-D2S
High Beam Headlamp Light Bulb Size: 9005
Parking Light Bulb Size: 1157A
Front Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 1157A
Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 992 (7440A)
Tail Light Bulb Size: LED
Stop Light Bulb Size: LED
High Mount Stop Light Bulb Size: LED
Fog/Driving Light Bulb Size: 9006
License Plate Light Bulb Size: 168
Back Up Light Bulb Size: 7440
Front Side Marker Light Bulb Size: 1157A
Rear Side Marker Light Bulb Size: 168
Map Light Bulb Size: DE3175
Dome Light Bulb Size: DE3175
Trunk/Cargo Area Light Bulb Size: 2825
Thanks for the contribution, please add a title to your post if you can by going to edit, advanced, and adding it there. (so it's easier to find for people scrolling). Should also make mention that NON SPORT-TECH trims of 2011 STis did NOT come with HID. I'm not sure what bulb's in there, because 99% of the guides out there say it should come with D2S HIDs. (I think this was a Canada only fail base model)

I've gone ahead and added it to the first post with credit.
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:55 PM   #18
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This still technically plagues me, so it's incomplete, but I've solved some (about 50%) of the rattling

*disclaimer* All information I know (unless otherwise stated) is gathered from owning my '11 STi Sport-Tech Canadian Model. Please take extreme caution, and use any information at your own risk.

Problem:
From about 1 month in owning my '11 Sedan (GV), the rear deck where the trunk is behind the rear bench seat rattled quite a bit. It sounded almost like a "popping" noise, but after having someone drive the car, and sitting in the back, I can be 90% sure it's the deck itself. Most people attribute this to the poor quality of foam between the plastic cover and the metal points where it contacts the car.

Solution:
- Open trunk, and look upwards towards the metal
- Find 2 bolts associated with the STi third brake light housing
- Remove and re-seat the bolts, making sure they're decently tight

Notes:
I actually noticed this happens to my car more in the heat (perhaps the metal expanding or something). I've yet to try another mod, which is to take off the plastic deck all together and either add extra sound deadening material where the plastic meets metal, or as someone suggested to me once, to put a sock in there to dampen the vibration.

There's a good writeup here on someone else's discovery of what was rattling:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2121790

Tested Compatibility:
- MY12 STi Sedan (GV) w/ Sport-Tech
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Confirm, I just tried the seat belt chime goodness and it works like a dream on my 06 Sti!
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Confirm, I just tried the seat belt chime goodness and it works like a dream on my 06 Sti!
Sweet! Just make sure to always wear your seat-belt!
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Updated compatiblity to A/C disable article.
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the seat belt trick work last night!!! Mod of the night!!
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an old trick that apparently worked for GDs too

*disclaimer* All information I know (unless otherwise stated) is gathered from owning my '11 STi Sport-Tech Canadian Model. Please take extreme caution, and use any information at your own risk.

Problem:
The car will chime, and complain if the driver or passenger seatbelt isn't clicked into the buckle. Whatever the reason (short trips, diagnosis), if you wish to have the chime disabled, and further more detection of the seatbelt AFTER diagnostic.

Solution:
- Get in the car, sit in driver's seat (make sure all doors are closed)
- Insert key into ignition and turn to ON (2 clicks)
- Within this time, insert, and eject seatbelt from buckle 20 times within 30 seconds (I've heard that outbacks, foresters, and other Subarus require 20 times as well)
- When the process is complete, there will be no visual/audible indication, take the key out of ignition

Notes:
- To Test: start car, wait for initial systems check beeping to stop, drive around without seatbelt clicked in, not only will the chime be gone, but the seatbelt reminder indicator should be off
- The system check will just double check that the buckles are there, beyond that, it will no longer recognize if the driver/passenger have their seatbelts clicked in.
- If your car loses power, or ECU is reset, you may have to re-do this operation to have the desired effect.

Tested Compatibility:
- MY07 STi
- MY10 STi
- MY11 STi w/ Sport-Tech package
- MY12 STi w/ Sport-Tech package
This only work for subaru, do not try on mitsu. lol.
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Updated compatiblity to A/C disable article.
MY13 2.0i on the a/c thingy. I don't know if the 12's are compatible (although the 13's are just 12's with extra goodies, so I guess it's fair to say it'll probably work with the 12's too... )
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Solution:
- Get in the car, sit in driver's seat (make sure all doors are closed)
- Insert key into ignition and turn to ON (2 clicks)
- Within this time, insert, and eject seatbelt from buckle 20 times within 30 seconds (I've heard that outbacks, foresters, and other Subarus require 20 times as well)
- When the process is complete, there will be no visual/audible indication, take the key out of ignition
Found and confirmed by another user with the MY12 2.0i. Below is the quote from the relevant post in the thread:

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Turn the key to the ACC position & quickly buckle & unbuckle your seatbelt at least 20 times within 30 seconds. Then take the key out. Then start your car. The alarm (seatbelt "alarm") will sound for about ten seconds then go off never to be heard again. Took me 3 tries & on the 3rd I had my door open while doing the procedure but I'm not sure that had any bearing on it. If you ever get your ECU reset or change your battery you'll have to do it again.
I presume the MY13 operates in the same manner (see rationale in my previous post re: a/c disable for defrost vent setting).
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