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Old 11-16-2003, 06:10 PM   #1
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Default Car stalls in 1st, CEL, engine dies. Repeat.

The 03 WRX is bone stock and has never been modified. It has 5200 miles.

This problem just popped up today. I pulled out of the driveway, put it in first and let out the clutch for a start grandma would be proud of. The RPMs were up around 2k, car was just barely moving, and the CEL came on, then engine lost power so I pushed the clutch back in and the engine died. I reset the ECU and tried it again. Same thing. The car seems to run ok, I drove back down my street to my driveway with little troulbe, but I babied it to get it rolling. It sounds fine, no strange noises.

Any ideas? I was hoping for a quick and very easy fix instead of towing the damn thing to the dealer and having to go pick it up.

Several months ago, I noticed something vaguely similar, but it happend when I dropped down two gears and got on the throttle hard... a complete loss of power like the key had just been switched off. Just as suddenly, the engine came back to life and ran fine.

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Old 11-16-2003, 06:14 PM   #2
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Get the code scanned and post it here so we can help you better. The CEL can come on for literally hundreds of different reasons so you need to know what code was set. Next time this happens, do NOT do a reset as that will erase the code from memory so it can't be scanned, instead have it read ASAP. If there is an Autozone near you they should do it for free, otherwise post in your local forum and there is probably someone near you with a scanner.
Or, if it's convenient to get it to the dealer just go there and have them check it as you're still under warranty.
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Old 11-16-2003, 06:15 PM   #3
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Take it back to the dealer while you still have a warranty and havent modded the car.

If the CEL is back on, pull the code and see what it is.
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Old 11-16-2003, 06:17 PM   #4
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Old 11-16-2003, 06:18 PM   #5
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Maf sensor I believe would be a good starting point.
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Old 11-16-2003, 09:25 PM   #6
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Check the top of your airbox and see if it is on properly.
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Old 11-21-2003, 06:36 PM   #7
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FYI...

I didn't see the symptom described above again after posting this thread.

I took it to the dealer today regardless. They say it needs a new fuel pump controller module, which they put on order today.

There is another possible symptom of this problem that I didn't really see as a symptom until now. When I run the RPMs up hard and let of the throttle to come to a steady speed, there is a momentary loss of power. It only lasts about 1/4 second or so as I lift past about 2/3 throttle. I don't know if this is normal or another symptom. Just wanted to mention it.

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