2005 Subaru forester dies when stopping, CEL now flashing, before solid and idled rough

Asked by Jan 05, 2016 at 12:35 PM about the 2005 Subaru Forester X

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2005 subaru forester started to run rough when idling, CEL solid-ran the
code, misfire on cylinder 3.  The mechanic stated there was a loose
connection in spark plug, fixed that, sent me on my way.  Same issue
happened with an added bonus of total stalling when stopped.  Car cleared
code as I went back to the shop, couldn't find a problem (for some reason
they couldn't recall the past codes).  That shop said they would start by
replacing coil pack on cylinder 3.  Left it with my mechanic friend, he
deduced it was potentially the catalytic converter (didn't die on him, did not
fix yet), drove it today, same issues (dying, rough idle), except now CEL is
flashing and once I limped it home there was smoke under the hood-no fire.  
Anyone had this issue? Catalytic converter?  Coil pack?

5 Answers

37,965

Could be either or...does the exhaust sound like it is hissing? sound different than before?

As far as I'm aware exhaust and everything else sounds the same other than when stopped/decelerating it starts to run rough so things rattle. I haven't paid attention to exhaust noise though, if that is hissing could there be a different issue?

37,965

I was only referring to the exhaust as these symptoms you describe sound like a plugged catalytic converter. Your mechanic must have checked for a code to want to replace the coil pack. It could very well be part of the problem.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Thanks, is that something that can be remedied as is, or needs total replacement?

37,965

If he finds a bad electrical connection to the coil, then it can be remedied, fixed easy enough. If the coil or coil pack is bad it needs to be replaced. The cat if plugged up would need replacement.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • check engine light with flashing cruise control light 181 answers

    Checked codes at Auto Zone: catalyst efficiency low-bank 1 probably cause: CC failure possibly due to: (1) engine misfire or running condition (2) large vacuum leak (3) engine oil leakage into exhaus...

    2005 Subaru Forester XS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Why does Subaru have a reputation for building reliable cars? 199 answers

    I recently became aware that my 2001 Forester has a leaking head gasket and a bad wheel bearing. Although the vehicle is 12 years old, it has only 95,000 miles and has been meticulously cared for (I ...

    2001 Subaru Forester S

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Has anybody had problems with excessive oil consumption in the 2015 Subaru Forester? 348 answers

    I would like to buy a 2015 Subaru Forester in the next few months, but I'm concerned about the excessive oil consumption I keep reading about in older models and I know a class action lawsuit was file...

    2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2006 Forester that needs new head gaskets, etc. again for the 2nd time. 34 answers

    The first time I needed new head gaskets was at 100,000 miles. Now at 152,000 I need it done again! All parts were changed like timing belt, water pump, etc. etc. My new mechanic will replace all of t...

    2006 Subaru Forester

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • The cruise control has stopped working 11 answers

    working, the check engine light is one, cruise light is flashing. I have had the codding error cleared but the light continues to come on. Suggestions? Does anyone have any advice?

    2004 Subaru Forester XT

    -

    General

Forester

Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 20,186 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,290.

ZIP:

Search Subaru Forester Questions

Subaru Forester Experts

#1 Nick Eidemiller
Nick Eidemiller
Reputation 3,310
#2 walth
walth
Reputation 2,640
#3 lifeson34
lifeson34
Reputation 2,310
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Outback
392 Great Deals out of 30,027 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota RAV4
1,085 Great Deals out of 54,456 listings starting at $1,999
Used Honda CR-V
1,256 Great Deals out of 73,997 listings starting at $1,650
Used Subaru Impreza
206 Great Deals out of 7,573 listings starting at $1,795
Used Subaru Legacy
240 Great Deals out of 16,922 listings starting at $1,200
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
44 Great Deals out of 1,253 listings starting at $1,999
Used Ford Escape
1,680 Great Deals out of 85,566 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota 4Runner
382 Great Deals out of 20,135 listings starting at $2,995
Used Toyota Highlander
650 Great Deals out of 27,478 listings starting at $2,988
Used Toyota Tacoma
757 Great Deals out of 33,289 listings starting at $2,988
Used Subaru Impreza WRX STi
34 Great Deals out of 640 listings starting at $8,500

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Subaru Forester For Sale
11,379 listings starting at $20,544
2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
32 Great Deals out of 1,251 listings starting at $18,999
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
91 Great Deals out of 1,770 listings starting at $13,988
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
64 Great Deals out of 1,606 listings starting at $10,995
2013 Subaru Forester For Sale
19 Great Deals out of 408 listings starting at $10,433