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Old 07-27-2005, 12:30 AM   #1
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hey i noticed sometimes when im drivin my car my battery and brake light flash and the check engine light goes on an off..i havent scanned it yet but ive never seen the car flash before like that...so if someone can tell me whats goin it its appreciated...i cant wait till the winter when i get this damn motor out and get the new one in....
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:52 AM   #2
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check your blinker fluid recently?

just kidding of course. Sounds kinda fishy, maybe brake fluid? Maybe alternator? Maybe battery? Check the codes if you can...

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Old 07-27-2005, 10:20 AM   #3
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This could also be a fuse problem. I had the same type of thing happen when I was messing around with my foglight wiring. It turned out I was shorting something out and kept losing various power accessories and getting different lights including CEL. Check your fuse panel to make sure nothing is blown.
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Old 07-27-2005, 01:34 PM   #4
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Souns like a short/loose wire. How long does it stay on? Have you been able to catch it at home?

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Old 07-27-2005, 06:46 PM   #5
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itll stay on for a few seconds..i noticed it comes on sometimes when i accelerate fast or when im goin real fast..i dont kno...but i didnt check the codes yet but i jus had the bat alt and starter changed about 4 months ago so...and a few other parts...so ill just scan it
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Old 07-27-2005, 07:10 PM   #6
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did this start after the bat/alt/starter install? I'm tempted to go out on a limb and say whoever did the install fubar'ed something...

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Old 07-27-2005, 09:53 PM   #7
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after the install it just started happenin recently tho i had to channge the ect gauge and the idle air control valve too...i dont kno what the hell the problem is wit this car theres always somethin wrong...i dont kno if its worth to do the motor or not considerin i have the rex i jus wanna sell it..
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Old 07-27-2005, 11:54 PM   #8
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The battery and brake light flashing together is a sign of a bad alternator. I just replaced mine. From what I have read, non-Subaru alternators or dying batteries can cause the brake and battery lights to go on. I just replaced my alternator with a Subaru remanufactured unit and charged my battery at the same time and everything seems good.

Kinda wierd, but I also replaced my ECT sensor at the same time. The check engine light came on and was unrelated to the alternator. Everything seems fine now so I'm not going to fiddle with it.

If you're going to swap soon, don't mess with it. If you have access to a battery charger, try charging your battery for a night (trickle charge) and see if that helps.

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