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A check engine light can indicate a broad spectrum of problems with your 1997 Subaru Legacy. In some cases you need to pull over immediately to prevent damage while in others you merely need to tighten you gas cap next time you stop in order to reset the service engine soon light. The video above shows how to locate the on board diagnostics (OBD) plug on your 1997 Legacy, how to read the trouble codes and how to reset or clear the check engine light using a scanner on your Legacy.
Intermittent Check Engine Light: If the check engine light on your 1997 Legacy is intermittent, try to take note of the conditions when this happens. For example, does it happen when you accelerating, driving on the highway or does it appear at low speeds? This will help your mechanic evaluate the issue. Steady Check Engine Light: If your check engine light is on every time you operate your Legacy, you need to have it checked as soon as possible, especially if you notice performance problems or unusual noises. Flashing Check Engine Light: If your check engine light is flashing, stop driving your Legacy and have it towed to your nearest mechanic - you probably have a very serious problem with your car and you risk ruining your engine by driving it. If you are unsure about what your diagnostic trouble codes mean; have your Legacy diagnosed by a professional automotive technician.
Many cars will burn or leak a little bit of oil. Over time, this adds up and you might need to add some - learn how to here!1997 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L 4 Cyl. Wagon
Carmakers are hiding interior fuse boxes all over the place these days - see how to check your interior fuses here!1997 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L 4 Cyl. Wagon
Animals love the sweet smell of antifreeze, too bad it's toxic! Fix your minor leaks1997 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L 4 Cyl. Wagon
Cars burn, leak and otherwise dispense of their oil. Check your level frequently and top up when necessary1997 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L 4 Cyl. Wagon
The burnt out tail light: classic reason for a cop to pull you over - change yours now1997 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L 4 Cyl. Wagon
Leaking coolant is usually a sign that your water pump needs to be replaced. This video shows you how to quickly plug it1997 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L 4 Cyl. Wagon