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Old 05-05-2010, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback won't start????

Hi I am new to this site but need some serious help with my car. The other morning I walked out to my car and it would not start, I just got a loud click, so I then tried jump starting it and still nothing but a click. I immediately assumed it was my starter, so I changed it and still just a click. I then tried to jump start it again, this time it started and started every time thereafter for a week then just a click again so I changed the starter again and just got a click. Then I put my original back in and it now starts again. I also checked my ground and it's good also I checked my power at the starter. Any ideas???? Also I am having issues getting my car though aircare. My check engine light is on, and when I plug my scanner in it say egr flow, so I changed my egr valve and got nowhere then I changed the 3 rubber hoses. I am not sure where to start next. And 1 last thing my speedometer works intermittently but my cruise control works so I don't think that it is a speed sensor? Thanks I look forward to reading and trying your suggestions
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is this an auto or a manual ?

Starter- sounds like it's not getting enough juice to engage the solenoid. I'd start with the battery, check that you have at least 12v with the motor off [should be more like 12.3-12.6]. Check the cables for corrosion near the ends [green stuff in the cables, bulging insulation]. Check all the connections are clean and tight. Check voltage at starter hot vs battery hot.

If all that is ok, it's possible it's the interlock switch or neutral safety switch but, I don't think they even click if that switch is not making contact.

Egr- did you clean the passages when you changed the EGR ?

Speedo- not sure if the cruise would work if the speed sensor was going out. Possibly a bad gear at the end or the cable is loose.

I'm sure someone with a 99 will chime in, I have a 2000 and some things changed.
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Thanks for the response, the car is an auto the battery is good and so are all the connections I have 12.7 volts at the starter and 12.3 at the starter when trying to start it. My car is starting know I just don't know for how long.

As for my speedo I read another post by someone else about bad sauder connections so I will try that, it doesn't look easy

I will try to clean the passages today after work

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Regarding the EGR, here's a pretty decent thread on how to troubleshoot P0400 codes:

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...-troubles.html
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Well, not being there and seeing what was done ... it's very difficult to know what you did to change things. If the original starter works fine, one would think that there was a connection issue that wasn't allowing enough voltage through. The reason I said check the cables is that I've had that exact problem and it was corrosion internally at the cable end, it was hard to see because of the insulation but when I messed with it, the few strands that were still holding on just broke.

Seems like you've got decent flow on the cable if you're getting 12.3 under load. If it acts up again, let us know and we'll come up with some new theories ;]
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Thanks a lot, I appreciate any suggestion I get. I think the ignition wire end might be the issue as it is a little loose. Next time it doesn't start I will try to wiggle it and see it that makes a difference.
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