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Old 01-21-2004, 11:15 PM   #1
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Default CEL questions about 92 Legacy.

Perhaps due to the extreme cold weather on the NE, my car experienced the following troubles:

1) Lost speedometer and odometer, perhaps to frozen cable that snapped.

2) Check engine light came on after I hit 60mph, it now stays on all the time.

3) Radiator fan is on all the time.

I lost my Haynes Manual, can somebody help me?
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Old 01-22-2004, 02:32 AM   #2
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#1, yeah, the really cold weather (sub zero) plays tricks on speedo cables. usually i've just had them make a lot of noise and/or not work, but they've always come back afterwards.

#2, pull the codes, see what it is, info on my site...

#3 is probably related to #2, bad coolant temp sensor or something related.

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Old 01-22-2004, 02:59 AM   #3
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I was really surprised to read this post about speedo problems.

I had my car out of service for about 2 weeks during which time I installed a ProECM chip. Now, especially when it's cold my speedometer wavers and eventually dies. I can sometimes revive it by turning off electrical functions such as heater fan, lights, etc. I recently found that I can fix the problem entirely just by enabling my cruise control. The speedometer will work perfectly.

I spoke with ProECM and they said if its not a faulty chip (unlikely) it's probably my car. I haven't taken the chip out to test yet, but does this sound like something the cold would cause? It's been between 0-15 degrees F around here lately.
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Old 01-22-2004, 06:22 AM   #4
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Thanks DLC,

I am 80% sure it is the water temperature sensor, however, if I keep on driving for a few more days with the Rad. fan on at all time, will it hurt the fan? I won't have time to fix it until the weekend.

Thanks.
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Old 01-22-2004, 11:59 AM   #5
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whtlegacy: interesting, i guess it's possible that the speedo in the newer models has some electrical dependance. I'm not aware of this in earlier models.

Dealer Xing: you should be fine, running it for a few more hours is a fraction of it's lifespan to this point.
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Old 01-22-2004, 03:03 PM   #6
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Default Speedo

Unless I'm mistake, the speedo is electric (no cable). Now this would be consistant with zero function, but working well with the cruise set. The cruise control may have its own vehicle speed sensor that's taking over once it's set and sending its signal to the speedo, which uses that in the absence of its usual source signal. I'm guessing here, but look for the main vehicle speed sensor. Where? I dunno, like I said, just a theory.
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Old 01-22-2004, 03:10 PM   #7
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The speedo on my car is definitely mechanical...i don't know about later model years.

This could be because not all 1G Legacies had ABS, and i think Subaru might use the wheel speed sensors for cruise control.

In fact, some early Imprezas didn't have ABS either, but i think it was standard across the board in 97-98, so that's when it could have changed.

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Old 01-22-2004, 03:13 PM   #8
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Really? Okay, it's a weirder issue than I thought! I wish I could help, but this makes zero sense. But hey, how often DO these things make sense? My '86 Chevy S-10 had a dead speedo for the entire timre I owned it. Then one day while driving, it worked for about 10 minutes and died again. Never did figure that one out. Former owner said the drive gear in the tranny was bad ($$$). Who knows.
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Old 01-22-2004, 10:24 PM   #9
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the symptoms you described are normal with a speedo cable breakage.

My speedo cable base peice broke this past fall. Same thing happened to my car. Also messed up the trans and it's ability to lockup the torque converter.

Replace the cable, reset the ECU and all will be good.
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