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How do you read the check engine light on a Subaru Forester?


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2015-07-15 21:12:41
2015-07-15 21:12:41

On dodge Neon you turn the ignition key 3 times (without going as far as turning the engine on). Maybe samne on many if not all cars? Then the codes will blink and you'll need the ODB2 code listing. Other option is to connect an ODB2 reader on the car's connector and read the codes directly.


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