Reprogramming Files for Spark Knock (Ping), Surging on Acceleration and / or P113A, P0137 – 2014-2017 Subaru Forester Turbo

NHTSA ID Number: 10155221

Manufacturer Communication Number: 11-169-16R

Summary

This bulletin announces the availability of reprogramming files to optimize the ECM. These new files will address customer concerns of:

  • Spark knock (ping) during high intake air temperature operation
  • Surge on acceleration due to phantom knock detection
  • Check Engine light illumination resulting from DTC P113A and / or P0137 being stored in the ECM memory.

 

4 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
SUBARU FORESTER 2014-2017

INTRODUCTION:

This bulletin announces the availability of reprogramming files to optimize the ECM.  These new files will address customer concerns of:

  • Spark knock (ping) during high intake air temperature operation
  • Surge on acceleration due to phantom knock detection
  • Check Engine light illumination resulting from DTC P113A and / or P0137 being stored in the ECM memory.

NOTE:  It is important to understand this reprogramming will not eliminate all possible sources of spark knock (ping).  Depending upon vehicle load, altitude, fuel quality, and engine load, spark knock (ping) may still occur.  This programming addresses a spark knock (ping) condition which occurs only when high intake air temperatures are present.  This programming should not be applied unless use of improper fuel has been eliminated as a cause for the condition.

 

PRODUCTION CHANGE INFORMATION:

The new logic was incorporated into production starting with VIN H*486635.

PACK FILE APPLICABILITY:

NOTE:  These new files will be included in the OCTOBER, 2016 SSM Update.

Model PAK File Name New ECM Part Number Old ECM Part  Numbers Decryption Keyword New CID  Number
2014MY 22611BG960.pak 22611BG960 22611AW060,
22611AW061,
22611AW062,
22611AW063,
22611AW064,
22611AW065,
22611AW066,
22611AW067,
22611AW068,
22611AW069
B1CBC644 AF56E00B
2015MY 22765AG976.pak 22765AG976 22765AG970,
22765AG971,
22765AG972,
22765AG973,
22765AG974,
22765AG975
49B07B0D LF61800B
2016MY 22765AH512.pak 22765AH512 22765AH510,
22765AH511
A9FD034D LF75400A
2017MY 22765AH921.pak 22765AH921 22765AH920 E8A3794B LF78103B

 

SERVICE PROCEDURE:

  • Reprogram the ECM following the normal Flashwrite procedure.

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) highly recommends connecting the Subaru Midtronics GR8  Diagnostic Battery Charger to the vehicle and utilizing the Power Supply Mode feature anytime a vehicle control module is being reprogrammed.  Follow the procedure as outlined in document  GR8-1100 on STIS for use of the GR8’s Power Supply Mode:

  • Confirm all electrical loads such as lights, audio, HVAC, seat heaters, and rear defroster are all switched OFF before setting up for Power Supply Mode.
  • Select the correct battery type (Flooded, AGM or AGM Spiral).
  • Select the CCA which matches the vehicle’s battery (NOTE: OE and replacement batteries have different CCA ratings. Always confirm the battery rating before proceeding.)
  • If the “Charge BatteryWARNING appears, the battery MUST be charged before attempting reprogramming.
  • DO NOT connect the DSTi or SDI until the GR8 Power Supply mode has completed its battery test mode and the Charging Voltage has dropped to a steady 13.5 Volts on the display.
  • If the GR8 “beeps” or the Status Light flashes, a diagnostic charge should be performed on the battery before proceeding further.
  • Once Power Supply Mode reaches a steady 13.5 volts, connect the DSTi or SDI to the OBD connector and initiate the reprogramming process.
  • Amperage will fluctuate based upon the vehicle’s demand for power. NOTE: If the voltage rises beyond 14V while programming is in process, the procedure will abort. This can indicate a need to test or charge the vehicle battery before any further attempt at programming.

IMPORTANT:

This information is applicable to the Midtronics GR8 Diagnostic Battery Charger ONLY. It does not apply to any other brand / type of “generic” battery charger whatsoever.  ONLY the GR8 and its Power Supply Mode feature has been tested and approved by SOA.

Once the GR8 is connected to the vehicle, as long as the battery is fully charged, it takes less than 3 minutes to boot-up the charger, select Power Supply Mode, and have the battery voltage stabilized and ready for reprogramming.

REMINDER:  If the GR8 indicates the vehicle’s battery must be charged, charge the battery using the GR8 before proceeding to reprogram the vehicle.

NOTE:  Control module failures as a result of battery discharge during reprogramming are not a  matter for warranty.  Should any DTCs reset after the reprogramming update is performed, diagnose per the procedure outlined in the applicable Service Manual.



NUMBER: 11-169-16R
DATE: 11/10/16
REVISED: 02/20/19

https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=10155221

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2019/MC-10155221-9999.pdf

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What J2534 reprogramming capabilities are available?

(4a) J2534 Reprogramming
Subaru reprogramming files using a generic (non-OEM) SAEJ2534 pass-thru vehicle programming device are available by contacting Service Technical Information Company toll free at 1-866-428-2278. The cost for the CD-ROM with all reprogramming files is $75.00 plus S/H and applicable state tax. Files will be updated four (4) times per year, in CD-ROM format, with all available reprogramming service information at the same above offered cost. Authorized Subaru Dealers are provided the same reprogramming information.

Before purchasing, the reprogramming details can be found in the following Reprogramming J-2534 Files chart. Click the link to view the PDF chart.

Subaru J2534 Reprogramming software meets the latest available J2534-1 specification. Our Reprogramming J2534 Files chart does not specify the Calibration Identification Number (CID); however, this information is included in our offered CD-Rom.

Note: The ECM or TCM being reprogrammed may already contain some or all of the reprogramming files listed in the Reprogramming J2534 Files chart shown by release date. It is possible to damage the vehicles ECM/TCMduring the reprogramming event. Once the reprogramming process has started, it is recommended not to interrupt the process until the event is completed. If you experience any problems, please contact your scan tool maker for further instructions.

 

(4b) Are all pre-2004MY Subaru vehicles compatible with J2534?

No. Subaru has no reprogramming capability for model years 1996-1998. Starting with our 1999 model year, please see our Reprogramming Pre-J2534 Files chart for affected model reprogramming information.

Both pre-J2534 reprogramming and J2534 pass thru reprogramming files are included in the offered HDS kit software for aftermarket service provider application.

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