What does it mean when the check engine light is constantly on and the cruise control light is flashing?


Asked by Jan 14, 2016 at 10:04 AM about the 2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Check engine light is on and the Cruise control light is flashing. Came on a
few weeks ago but the car doesn't seem to drive any different. Is there
anything I can check that might make it go away or do I have to take it to a
shop to run the computer and get a code?

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Take it in to have any codes read from the ECM. This would point you in the direction of a repair.


Your 8 yr old 2.5i will getting myriad CELs in the next few years, so I'd invest in a small $40 ACTRON or similar OBDII scanner. Most of the codes will be the infamous PO420 "cat conv insufficiency", which most folks ignore unless Subie cuts you one for free. Similarly, wet weather will cause idiosyncratic misfires codes, so dress the wires away from the coil and intake manifold structures..... Others, like O2 VVT sensors indicate necessary repairs, however. The cc blinker is just a Subie habit of connecting an added warning light to the CEL system. Once you clear the CEL the cruise will operate normally again. Have fun. Oh...drain and refill your autobox if you've ignored that.

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Our 2013 Impreza manual had the exact issue along with the ESC light. Turned out to be an electronic switch problem that the dealer fixed quickly; it was still under warranty at the time.

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