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Miked290 11-07-2012 10:43 AM

Recall WQC-39 ECM Reprograming
I took my 2012 Legacy in for it's first oil change and the Service Adviser told me that they had to Perform Recall WQC 39. He told me it was an update for the Engine ECU. I didn't see any difference in how it performed after the update but my wife said it seems a little more responsive. :confused:

GTEASER 11-07-2012 10:53 AM

Is this for the 2.5i only, or does it apply to the GT and 3.6R as well?

Miked290 11-07-2012 11:02 AM

He didn't say. It may just be for PZEV vehicles.

Byll 11-07-2012 12:17 PM

This from a Subaru master tech:

Subject: Subaru Service Program WQC-39: ECM Reprogramming
2011-2012MY All Models & 2013 BRZ; Only Vehicles Registered in California Emission States: CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, and WA.
Subaru of America, Inc. has initiated a Service Program to reprogram the Engine Control Module on all 2011 and 2012 models within specific VIN ranges and certain 2013 BRZ models. This program only involves vehicles that are registered in the California emission states (CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, and WA).
A modification to the ECM software logic has been developed to improve the monitoring parameters within the On-Board Diagnostic (OBDll) system for the engine coolant thermostat. This correction ensures that should there be an abnormal condition (i.e., the engine coolant does not reach or maintain the proper operating temperature), the “check engine light” will illuminate. The proper illumination of the “check engine light” is needed to alert the driver that corrective action may be required.
ECM reprogramming PAK files will not be available for all models at the time this Service Program is initially released. PAK files will be available in accordance with the schedule found on page 4 of the WQC-39 bulletin. Additionally, because this program affects a high volume of vehicles within the affected states, mailing of owner notification letters will be phased according to the following schedule. This schedule coincides with PAK file availability.

Ok, thats the official stuff here is the lowdown. So far we have seen one new car with a cel with a code for the coolant tempature/thermostat.
We do not have the updates for all the cars yet and they will be released in a schedule along with the letters to the owners. Unless you get the cel on, I wouldent make a special trip to the dealer for the reflash; get it when convenient for you.


islandborn 11-07-2012 12:59 PM

Uh... would this screw with my tune?

lgtftw 11-07-2012 01:21 PM


RailKill 11-07-2012 01:59 PM

I posted about this in another thread because I didn't see this one
I just had this done today and they told me it had something to do with the fuel.:lol: I guess not after reading Byll's explanation

shribob 11-07-2012 02:10 PM

looks like i may have to get this done at some point, may need to unflash

mosthated 11-07-2012 03:09 PM

ahh crap.

nightspeed98 04-13-2013 07:55 AM

Had mine done few weeks ago.

blklgt05 04-13-2013 11:39 AM


Originally Posted by islandborn (Post 4148903)
Uh... would this screw with my tune?

All GT owner's first thought!! :lol:

Ellesedil 04-13-2013 05:06 PM

I had this performed at my last oil change thanks to this thread, but I just received the notice in the mail about it today.

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