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CEL and blinking cruise light?

(2005 Subaru Outback)
in Plainfield, NH on March 08, 2011
Today is a cold day- 15 degrees. We've had significant ice and cold... the car has been turned on several times to warm it up without driving. Today, driving to work, the CEL came on and the cruise control is blinking. Any ideas?

I have a 2005 Subaru Outback with 73K miles. Automatic.
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on March 08, 2011
the check engine light means there is a problem with the fuel control system. the cruise light is an indication of a problem with that system.
you need to have both checked out by a shop and get a bid. if you get the code number, we can assist you more in possible causes.

on March 08, 2011
Thanks for your help.

There is no power at our mechanic's shop because of the storm. He seems to think it is ok to drive for now. Not sure if he's just saying that because of the power situation.
on March 09, 2011
Check Engine Light and Cruise Light Flashing 1 answer 2005 Subaru Outback, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, betsyt17, Fryeburg, ME, September 18, 2009, 08:26
What does it mean when the check engine light comes on and the cruise control light is flashin...

What does it mean when the check engine light comes on and the cruise control light is flashing at the same time? They both came on at the same time.

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Answer #1 patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, September 18, 2009, 08:33
Many engine sensors have shared responsibilities between the engine, transmission, cruise control and other functions of the car. For example the Vehicle speed sensor sends an input to each of these systems and its failure would cause a problem with each separate system.If the Check Engine light/Service Engine Soon light illuminates while you are driving, the car's on board computer sees a fault in the engines management system that is causing an excess amount of pollutants to be emitted from your car. This could result in engine damage if left neglected. Some problems that can cause the Check Engine light to stay on may take two "drive cycles' to complete before illuminating the Check Engine Light. The computer sees a problem and looks for an identical set of circumstances to occur to confirm that it has indeed seen a problem before turning on the light. A Check Engine light that continually flashes while you are driving is serious and is a sign that the computer sees a problem that seriously risks damaging the catalytic converter which may result in an expensive repair or even may cause a fire! Diagnostic codes are stored in the vehicle's computer and can be retrieved using a scantool that communicates with the computer in your car. We have in our Repairpal website an encyclopedia with in depth articles about computer, and computer control systems, emission and driveability problems.

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Reply - betsyt17, December 08, 2009, 08:58
My dealership replaced the catalytic convertor under the emissions warranty and the lights went out! The warranty is 8 years or 80,000 miles.

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