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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2015, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Starter Noise

I now own two Subaru 3.6 Outbacks. I'm hearing the same noise on both upon initial startup while turning the ignition. Somewhat of a loud chirping would probably be a good way to describe the noise.

Have any of you experienced this on an Outback or any other model?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2015, 07:14 AM
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Is it getting colder out? It is the starter...engagement mechanism...or something. Sounds almost like a squeal? I have that. There is a thread about it somewhere. Onther have rebuilt their starters with..."something improved". Mine has not bugged me enoght to tackle yet.

Maybe now is the time too.


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The starter probably just needs to be rebuilt. I had to do that on my 06 Legacy and I have a feeling my 05 OBXT will need the same.
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I replaced the starter in my 05 GT Wagon years ago, ($123). The sound they make happens as your returning the key to Run. The starter gear is slow to slide back on the shaft.


There is a thread over on legacyGT.com in one of the stickies about greasing it. I just decided to replace it.


Been fine ever since. My 09 Spec B makes the same noise. I'll replace that next year may be or next time the tmic is off. car has 69,000 miles.


I didn't replace the starter in the 05 until it began to happen 90% of the time. It's normally a cold weather thing.

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I 2nd checking out the LGT.com repair thread. Never did it myself, but I had the noise in the winter.

http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea...cs-218329.html

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I had the same problem recently. I just clean and add some multipurpose grease over the starter gear the noise disappeared.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-06-2016, 09:27 PM
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Dang it. I thought they were doing ride of the month again. Just another lost newbie.

Clean and grease. Sounds like s sticky starter, my 3.0R is doing the same thing.

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Just before Christmas I left my '14 OBW with my dealer overnight. The heard the cold day starter disengagement grind, and replaced it. Wouldn't you know it, the new one made the exact same sound for the first few days, but now is fading out and becoming less obvious. Inherent in the design? Lube that took a while to get where it needs to be? Too tight initially and now loosening up?

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Might be the fuel pump pressurizing the fuel line.
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