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Old 01-11-2010, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 99 Legacy Outback won't start

I have a couple of issues with my Outback but 1st things 1st.

I got in the car this evening and tried to start it and got no response. Everything else works: lights, radio, fan, etc. But when I engage the ignition nothing happens. Not even a click.

My first thought is a blown fuse but they all look fine. I pulled the fusible link and all the interior lights went out. So apparently it still works.

I checked the battery cables and they look fine and the negative cable is firmly connected to the post by the starter.

Any other ideas?
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I have a couple of issues with my Outback but 1st things 1st.

I got in the car this evening and tried to start it and got no response. Everything else works: lights, radio, fan, etc. But when I engage the ignition nothing happens. Not even a click.

My first thought is a blown fuse but they all look fine. I pulled the fusible link and all the interior lights went out. So apparently it still works.

I checked the battery cables and they look fine and the negative cable is firmly connected to the post by the starter.

Any other ideas?
Not sure if you have an AUTO or not, but make sure that the gear lever is pushed all the way up to the PARK position. Sometimes, if you do not push it up all the way, the car will not start.

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It's an Auto so I tried pushing the gear into PARK. Still no luck. Even tried wiggling it through the gears but to no avail.

I don't think that it's a problem with the battery since I don't even see a dim in the lights when the ignition is engaged.

I'm starting to think there may be a break in the line to the starter. But it all started so soon. I was driving the car this afternoon and then, only a couple hours later, it wouldn't start.
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Try starting in Neutral (N). The safety switch will allow you to start in N or P, and sometimes on the P part goes bad.

If you have an alarm system, that is also a suspect.
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I had a problem start suddenly in my 2001 LL Bean. When I turned the ignition, nothing happened. Then I noticed that when I turned the key, everything went dead, and when I released the key the dash clock had reset. That's when I figured there was a bad connection to the battery somewhere. I pulled both terminals and scrubbed them with a wire brush, and everything worked fine again.

My other suspects would be the aforementioned park switch and perhaps the ignition switch. If you have an oem security system, find the button under the dash near the hood release lever, then hold it down for a few seconds while the key is in the ignition and turned to ACC. That will reset it.
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First off, I want to thank everyone for their replies. I learned a few secrets that I may have to use in the future.

I have the standard Suburu security system but I couldn't find any reset switches. So I figured I would just disconnect the battery for a while. That did not work either. So I followed the positive cable to the starter solenoid and checked connectivity there and that tested out fine (0 ohms). I disconnected the positive cable from the battery and from the solenoid to do that. And lo, what did I find? The ignition cable was disconnected from the solenoid. Duh!

It must have come loose while I was diagnosing some transmission problems* (the two connectors above the tranny). Plugged the cable back in and put back all the other parts and it all works.

Thanks again for your help. This is an awesome forum.

*If I start getting AT Oil Temp and P0748 errors I'll be back here again.
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First off, I want to thank everyone for their replies. I learned a few secrets that I may have to use in the future.

I have the standard Suburu security system but I couldn't find any reset switches. So I figured I would just disconnect the battery for a while. That did not work either. So I followed the positive cable to the starter solenoid and checked connectivity there and that tested out fine (0 ohms). I disconnected the positive cable from the battery and from the solenoid to do that. And lo, what did I find? The ignition cable was disconnected from the solenoid. Duh!

It must have come loose while I was diagnosing some transmission problems* (the two connectors above the tranny). Plugged the cable back in and put back all the other parts and it all works.

Thanks again for your help. This is an awesome forum.

*If I start getting AT Oil Temp and P0748 errors I'll be back here again.
Glad to hear that the problem was solved

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