Hesitation on Acceleration- ECM Reprogramming File Availability – 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Turbo

NHTSA ID Number: 10153624

Manufacturer Communication Number: 11-187-18

Summary

This bulletin announces reprogramming file availability to optimize the ECM and address isolated customer concerns of hesitation on acceleration. The new logic provides enhanced ignition timing control during Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) operation.

 

5 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
SUBARU FORESTER 2014-2018

 

INTRODUCTION:

This bulletin announces reprogramming file availability to optimize the ECM and address isolated customer concerns of hesitation on acceleration.  The new logic provides enhanced ignition timing control during Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) operation.

 

PACK FILE APPLICABILITY:

Model PAK File Name New ECM  Part Number Old ECM  Part Numbers Decryption Keyword New CID Number
2014MY  Forester FED 22611BG962.pak 22611BG962 22611AW060,
22611AW061,
22611AW062,
22611AW063,
22611AW064,
22611AW065,
22611AW066,
22611AW067,
22611AW068,
22611AW069,
22611BG960,
22611BG961
A762F5DD AF56E02B
2015MY  Forester FED 22765AG978.pak 22765AG978 22765AG970,
22765AG971,
22765AG972,
22765AG973,
22765AG974,
22765AG975,
22765AG976,
22765AG977
DF791B0B LF61802B
2016MY  Forester FED 22765AH514.pak 22765AH514 22765AH510,
22765AH511,
22765AH512,
22765AH513
7F2ED11D LF75402A
2017MY  Forester FED 22765AH923.pak 22765AH923 22765AH920,
22765AH921,
22765AH922
E3841DBA LF78105B
2018MY  Forester FED 22765AL591.pak 22765AL591 22765AL590 109D7A8E LF9C001B

 

SERVICE PROCEDURE:

REMINDER:  Customer satisfaction and retention starts with performing quality repairs.

  • 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 GR81100 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: 11-187-18
DATE: 12/21/18

https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=10153624

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2018/MC-10153624-9999.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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