check engine light is on cruise control light is flashing and tractions control light is on


Asked by Apr 29, 2013 at 02:59 PM about the 2009 Subaru Forester

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

check engine light is on cruise control light is flashing and tractions control light is on all just came on today

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Get the codes read at the parts store. Write down the trouble code number and post it here. Someone will advise the most cost effective solution. The CC and traction lights may have come on because the CEL is on.

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It probably has something to do with the speed sensors.

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Don,t know way but , check engine light , cruise control light and traction control light are no longer on...seems to have fixed itself ....Subaru is a funny car . i think i,m going to drop a load of money in it then all of a sudden its fixed itself

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I answered in more detail in another thread - but basically, the Subarus seem to be very sensitive to low oil pressure, and a dirty oil filter might be the only problem. Easy to buy a new one and find out!.

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how do I know if the oil filter in Forester is dirty or not? Mine CEL turned on last week, and I changed the oil with new filter 5 months ago. I only put 80 miles/week on it.


I'm having the same issue - check engine light is on, cruise control is blinking, and vehicle dynamics control off is lit up. I drove through a large puddle this morning - totally caught off guard. Was in 4th when I went through it. The car basically revved when I was in it, switched to first to pull through it. There was an unpleasant smell (like when you peel out) even though I didn't hit the accelerator hard. Car sounds totally fine, so I'm hoping they'll turn off after it gets a chance to dry out.

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Subaru dealer told me when your car's catalytic converter (emission system) needs attention the CEL will flash and disable the cruise and ABS. After a few deays the CEL will stop and all systems will return, but it will continue coming back on until the catalytic converter is fixed. He told me replacing the catalytic converters is $1,100. No way for an 09 forester with 76K miles on it. The guy at auto parts store recommended I try I dump in a bottle of emission and engine cleaner. Did so but CEL came back on. Oh well.


Read the codes before assuming your problem is a bad cat. Your auto parts guy should be able to read the trouble codes for free.

I bought a 2010 Forester a few months ago with 120K miles on it. The three lights, check engine, CC and traction control have been blinking for about a month. Based on this thread, I have lots of things to try to get it corrected BEFORE running to the repair shop. I don't buy used cars because I am rolling in money (LOL). The biggest problem is the power puff mechanic class I took in my 20's has no relevance to cars 50 years later. Love my Subaru and guess I will get my hands dirty trying to figure out what to do to correct the errors. Thank you all for all of the suggestions and for keeping this dialog going. It is a huge boon.

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