First off, I love your channel. Your honest and witty take on car repair is something I haven’t come across since Car Talk.
I’m currently having an issue with my low mileage (61K) and totally stock 2015 Subaru WRX. It’s a well cared for daily commuter, and as a young engineer, I thought it was the perfect balance between fun and affordability, especially since winters in Minnesota can be brutal.
Anyway, last week I got error code P0017. The camshaft sensor was deemed “bad” by the dealership (I went there after my trusted independent mechanic couldn’t figure it out), and they replaced it. Now they are telling me that the bad sensor, which was deemed “bad” when they switched it with the unit in the opposing location, has caused the ECU to also “fail”. Is this possible, or am I being led into the an expensive situation that these guys simply cannot handle? If a “bad” sensor is flipped to the other side, and the ECU can follow it and deem it “bad”, then why can’t the ECU clear the faulty part from its system after it was replaced with a new one?
At this point, it seems like they aren’t sure exactly where the issue is, and their approach is to just start replacing parts until it goes away. In addition to this being a very expensive approach, is this just the norm these days at dealerships?
Thanks for your help, and hopefully I can get back into my car soon!