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any advice or experience with this issue would be appreciated  

2008 subaru outback cruise control light flashing

05, 06-09: How To Read Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)

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I'll add that you should not automatically assume a trouble code will lead you directly to a problem. Too many times owners jump the gun and end up chasing the problem.  

I bet it is a p0026 or 28. Pressure switch is probably leaking. Lol  

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mate i would buy your self a bluetooth OBD2 scanner off ebay ... dont buy a super cheap one..... spend about $30 and then download torque pro onto your phone .... you will then be able to scan codes , delete them and also be able to check on how the car is running etc .... money well spent ......  

I have a generic 17.99 code scanner but now that i am aware of this option i know what i'm doing with my direct deposit tonight  

2008 base model 5 speed and it was the small leak evap sensor code which i've just been clearing every time it throws. I'm guessing that the cruise control had a conflict with this code and wouldn't operate normally.  

this is my set up  

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Any time there is a code set in the ECM the cruise control is disabled and the light flashes. The other lights come on as well to get your attention. A small EVAP leak code is generally a loose or worn gas cap. If it's not the gas cap it is something that will create a vacuum leak and effect how the engine performs and the ECM management of the engine. What is the code that keeps coming up and how often?  

It has been p0442 small evap leak, and has occured twice since i bought the car used for 3500 in november. I go to salvage yards 3-5 per month and will look to repace the gas cap sooner than later.  

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Why is Subaru Cruise Control Light Flashing on My Car Dashboard?

Driving can be fun, but long-distance driving can be fatiguing as you keep pressing the gas pedal to keep the car going at your desired speed. Thankfully, cars now feature cruise control — a system that lets drivers set a desired speed and relaxes their feet when traveling a long journey.

You can activate the system by pressing the cruise control button and the vehicle will keep you at the current speed. So you don’t have to depress the gas pedal to keep the car running. Cars with advanced cruise control systems use sensors at the front bumper to detect vehicles ahead of them and keep the car at a distance to prevent collision.

Like other system components, the cruise control does have issues. And these issues are common with Subaru cars. Most Subaru owners complain of Subaru cruise control light flashing on the dashboard as they drive.

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Why does my Subaru cruise control light keep flashing?

The most common reason why the cruise control light is flashing on your Subaru is due to an electrical or mechanical problem. Remember, when the light is flashing, the cruise control system is disabled, so don’t try to turn it on because it won’t work.

In some other cases, the cruise control light may be flashing due to a defective or loose gas cap, a blown fuse for the cruise control, a failing brake pedal switch, or a defective vehicle speed sensor. Let’s have an in-depth look to see how these issues could cause cruise control light flashing on Subaru Outback and other Subaru models.

Blown fuses

The cruise control system consists of several electrical systems protected by a fuse. The fuse can blow up if there’s an electrical power issue, preventing the key components from failing. If that happens, it will disable the cruise control system. In some cases, the car computer will start flashing the cruise control light on the dashboard to notify you that there’s an underlying issue that needs urgent attention.

If you suspect the fuse is blown, replace it and see if that fixes the cruise control system and clear the blinking light on the dashboard.  If that resolves the problem but the fuse blows in no time and the light starts blinking again, you have other electrical issues. Contact your mechanic for a thorough diagnosis.

Defective speed sensor

The vehicle speed sensor is one of the essential components of the cruise control system. When you activate the cruise control, the onboard computer collects information from the speed sensor to know when to increase and decrease the engine speed.

The vehicle speed sensor is mounted at the tail end of your transmission, and if it malfunctions, the cruise control light will start blinking on the dashboard. The speed sensor is needed to ensure that the speedometer and the odometer work correctly, and without it, the cruise control system will be affected.

If you notice the cruise control light flashing and check engine light is on, check the vehicle speed sensor. A bad speed sensor triggers the check engine light and disables the cruise control system. This sensor cannot be repaired. So, if it is the root cause, the only solution is to replace it with a new one.

Loose gas cap

Believe it or not, the gas cap plays a crucial role in your vehicle’s overall functionality. The gas cap can affect the performance of the cruise control system. For instance, in Subarus, a loose gas cap can cause the cruise control light to blink as you drive. It can also trigger the check engine light to pop on the dashboard. So, a loose gas cap can cause the Subaru Forester check engine light with flashing cruise control to pop on the dashboard.

Faulty mechanical component

If you own an older Subaru car, the cruise control light could be flashing due to a faulty mechanical component. In older models, the cruise control system has a cable, connecting the throttle to an air actuator, which regulates the cable to keep the vehicle at the set speed settings.

If any of the mechanical components go bad, it can disable the system and trigger the blinking light on the dashboard.

Malfunctioning brake pedal switch

Under perfect conditions, the brake lights shine as you depress the brake pedal. There’s a component attached to the brake pedal — the brake pedal switch, which tells the brake lights to light up as you depress the pedal.

If the switch goes bad, the brake lights won’t know when you step on the brake pedal. But aside from this, a bad brake pedal switch can also affect the cruise control system.

When you activate the cruise control system, the system will deactivate and switch to manual mode whenever you step on the brake pedal. If the switch malfunctions, it may send wrong signals to the cruise control system, telling it the brake pedal is always depressed, preventing the cruise control system from turning on.

System malfunction

If your Subaru check engine light is flashing along with the cruise control light and the brake pedal switch, fuses, and vehicle speed sensors are good, you have a problem somewhere in the cruise control system.

To determine the root cause of the malfunction, you need a mechanic to diagnose the vehicle. The mechanic will inspect all cruise control components and may plug in a scan tool to pull out all the error codes in the vehicle.

It’s okay for the cruise control light to be on when you activate it, but if the light comes on when you are not using the cruise control, or the light starts blinking when you activate it, there’s a problem that needs to be addressed. In most cases, a flashing cruise control light on Subaru is accompanied by the engine warning light.

What to do if your Subaru cruise control light flashing?

Whenever the Subrau cruise control light starts flashing on the dashboard, the cruise control has malfunctioned or disabled. Hence, do not turn on the cruise control system. If the light starts flashing after getting gas, locate a safe spot and pull over. Check the gas cap and re-tighten it. It could be you did not secure the gas cap properly.

If that do not solve the problem, drive straight to your mechanic and have them diagnose and fix the problem.

Does the cruise control stop working when check engine light is on?

If the onboard computer detects a problem with your transmission or the engine, it will display the check engine light and disable certain vehicle functions, like the cruise control system, to prevent further damage until you address the issue.

Let’s be clear here; this does not mean that the PCM must disable the cruise control whenever it detects an issue with the engine or transmission. It will only disable the system if the issue is causing unstable engine performance.

Subaru Outback check engine light flashing, cruise control, and traction control light blinking can all come up due to engine performance issues. Contact your mechanic to proffer solutions to the problem. 

Final Words

To be precise, the flashing Subaru cruise control light shows there is a mechanical or electrical problem in your car. The cruise control light should be green and steady when you turn on the system. But if the light is flashing, turn off the cruise control until you address the problem.

If you are a DIYer, you can fix the issue yourself. But if you are not, contact your mechanic or dealership. The solution can be easy, quick, and quite affordable.

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By Wyn , September 25, 2015 in 1990 to Present Legacy, Impreza, Outback, Forester, Baja, WRX&WrxSTI, SVX

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Hi all.  Let me begin by saying that I am a die hard Subaru fan.  I am a single mom with 2 kids and I need my 2008 Outback to last for at least 300K miles.   ( I bought her used.) I take good care of her.  I keep the oil changes up.  Whatever she needs I do my best to financially take care of.  Currently, my cruise control stopped working and the light blinks.  I just paid to replace the brake pads, rotars , oil change and had the transmission flushed.  (When I bought the car a year ago, I was told that the brakes and rotars were brand new lol)  It's all good.  Still love here.  Anyways, the expense of having to fix the cruise is a little out of my reach.  I would like to try and fix it myself before I have to trek through the midwest in winter to see my family with the kids and dog in tow.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Welcome to the USMB, Wyn.  You've found a great resource here.

But you posted in the wrong place!  Go back to the main page and post your questions in the "New Generation Forum."  Good luck.

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The cruise control light flashing means your throwing a cel code" check engine light". I would take it to a Auto Zone and let them read the codes on the ECU" Engine Control Module" to see if there are any codes, or if you know a good and I always say find a Good Subaru only mechanic if possible to read or see if there are any codes and go from there. Let us know what they find.

I'm going to move your thread to the new gen forum.

Is the check engine light on also?

If no, Does the check engine light work when you turn the key On?

Are any other warning lights on such as ABS?

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Our 2008 Outback has this same issue, no cruise control, flashing cruise light, but no CEL and no codes...drove 10 hour trip yesterday without cruise......Very annoying, guessing it has something to do with the electronic throttle.....I really miss the old throttle cAbles, as they simply worked.... So any info on this problem would be appreciated....

I rerouted the wire loom going to the throttle body & erg stuff a couple nights ago, as it was twisted and binding pretty badly, straightened it out and plugged it all back in, now it's running smoother than it had since we've had it, and the cruise control is working again.

Definitely worth trying, as it cost nothing but soon of my time.

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Hi everybody, I'm sure you've had this question before but, my daughter's 2008 Subaru Forester has a blinking cruise control light and the check engine light has come on. Any insight would be greatly appreciated, thank you for your time 👍  

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I see that this is your first post, so welcome! We're glad to have you here. The only answer is to get the code read. Anything else would be a guess. It's usually a free service at the national auto parts stores. But first, be sure the gas cap is tight!  

Just an FYI: When an "error" (or code) occurs and the Service Engine Soon (or CHECK ENGINE) light comes on, the computer automatically disables Cruise. That's why it is blinking. A lot of auto-parts stores will check what code happened and can also clear the code for you. Make sure you write down what the code was and report it back over here. We might be able to provide some help with figuring out what to do next. Make some phone-calls to find out who can check and clear codes for you (for free)  

That^ or buy an OBD2 scan tool. This cheap OBD2 scanner is used in conjunction with an android phone, using a free app. Other readers work with both droid and iphones. Amazon will help you find what you need. Stick it in the glove box because you're likely to need it periodically on a 2008. Since all you're doing is reading codes, it will do you fine.  

GuusV explained it well - the cruise light comes on since it has been disabled. I know I got freaked out when I first saw the cruise control idiot light but it goes down easier once the relationship between a check engine code and the cruise control system is understood. The rationale is if something is wrong with engine status then the cruise control should not be used. In my case I had a check engine for a catalytic converter problem which does seem to have anything to do with cruise control. Once I fixed the original problem the cruise control would work as expected.  

Yes. It's the same with many of the other lights that flash when a CEL condition is detected. Subaru doesn't want anything automatic to go on when there is a problem somewhere. Those lights don't necessarily have anything to do with the actual problem. The only answer is to get the code read.  

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    22222 posts · Joined 2012. #9 · Mar 13, 2020. Any time there is a code set in the ECM the cruise control is disabled and the light flashes. The other lights come on as well to get your attention. A small EVAP leak code is generally a loose or worn gas cap. If it's not the gas cap it is something that will create a vacuum leak and effect how ...

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    The cruise control light flashing means your throwing a cel code" check engine light". I would take it to a Auto Zone and let them read the codes on the ECU" Engine Control Module" to see if there are any codes, or if you know a good and I always say find a Good Subaru only mechanic if possible to read or see if there are any codes and go from there.

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    1702 posts · Joined 2012. #3 · Nov 14, 2019. Just an FYI: When an "error" (or code) occurs and the Service Engine Soon (or CHECK ENGINE) light comes on, the computer automatically disables Cruise. That's why it is blinking. A lot of auto-parts stores will check what code happened and can also clear the code for you.

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