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post #761 of 794 (permalink) Old 04-07-2019, 10:00 PM
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My battery failed on 2015 2,5 at 24K I recieved a new battery under warranty after one day trip delay. I drove 448 miles home. Battery failed one week later. Insisted local Subaru dealer flash the computer. They did and that resolved the problem. You really need to have a temporary power source plugged in while you change battery.

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I had the battery light come on my 2018 a couple weeks ago, I thought I was being bit by the curse. I pulled my connectors off the battery and threw my charger on for about 5 hours. I reconnected the battery and fired her up-still had the light on. I had neglected to check the interior of the batter cable connectors (because the car is new with only 15k on it) like I usually do. I pulled them off and noticed that they seemed to have like grey paint coating the interior so I got to work with my battery brush and cleaned both of them as well as the posts, re attached and fired her up only to see the **** battery light still on. I started to look all around the engine compartment to see if I was missing something else. I then noticed that not only was my alternator not turning but the belt was not on. Difficult to see because the 3.6 has a huge engine cover on it. I started to look around to see WTF was going on and I see a small pair of teeth and some bugging eyes from some brown fur down near the crank pulley. I had a rat in the serpentine belt all wrapped up and had thrown off the belt. After prying him and the belt off I went on the quest to replace the belt as it had been compromised by being thrown. Tough to find the belt-nobody has them-even Subaru as the car was so new. The dealer asked why I was replacing it and how many miles were on the car? I just showed him the pictures.
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I had the battery light come on my 2018 a couple weeks ago, I thought I was being bit by the curse. I pulled my connectors off the battery and threw my charger on for about 5 hours. I reconnected the battery and fired her up-still had the light on. I had neglected to check the interior of the batter cable connectors (because the car is new with only 15k on it) like I usually do. I pulled them off and noticed that they seemed to have like grey paint coating the interior so I got to work with my battery brush and cleaned both of them as well as the posts, re attached and fired her up only to see the **** battery light still on. I started to look all around the engine compartment to see if I was missing something else. I then noticed that not only was my alternator not turning but the belt was not on. Difficult to see because the 3.6 has a huge engine cover on it. I started to look around to see WTF was going on and I see a small pair of teeth and some bugging eyes from some brown fur down near the crank pulley. I had a rat in the serpentine belt all wrapped up and had thrown off the belt. After prying him and the belt off I went on the quest to replace the belt as it had been compromised by being thrown. Tough to find the belt-nobody has them-even Subaru as the car was so new. The dealer asked why I was replacing it and how many miles were on the car? I just showed him the pictures.
It is good you took a pic. Otherwise, that story would be hard for anybody to believe.
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I had the battery light come on my 2018 a couple weeks ago, I thought I was being bit by the curse. I pulled my connectors off the battery and threw my charger on for about 5 hours. I reconnected the battery and fired her up-still had the light on. I had neglected to check the interior of the batter cable connectors (because the car is new with only 15k on it) like I usually do. I pulled them off and noticed that they seemed to have like grey paint coating the interior so I got to work with my battery brush and cleaned both of them as well as the posts, re attached and fired her up only to see the **** battery light still on. I started to look all around the engine compartment to see if I was missing something else. I then noticed that not only was my alternator not turning but the belt was not on. Difficult to see because the 3.6 has a huge engine cover on it. I started to look around to see WTF was going on and I see a small pair of teeth and some bugging eyes from some brown fur down near the crank pulley. I had a rat in the serpentine belt all wrapped up and had thrown off the belt. After prying him and the belt off I went on the quest to replace the belt as it had been compromised by being thrown. Tough to find the belt-nobody has them-even Subaru as the car was so new. The dealer asked why I was replacing it and how many miles were on the car? I just showed him the pictures.
Well that's not something you see every day!! Wow!!

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I had the battery light come on my 2018 a couple weeks ago, I thought I was being bit by the curse. I pulled my connectors off the battery and threw my charger on for about 5 hours. I reconnected the battery and fired her up-still had the light on. I had neglected to check the interior of the batter cable connectors (because the car is new with only 15k on it) like I usually do. I pulled them off and noticed that they seemed to have like grey paint coating the interior so I got to work with my battery brush and cleaned both of them as well as the posts, re attached and fired her up only to see the **** battery light still on. I started to look all around the engine compartment to see if I was missing something else. I then noticed that not only was my alternator not turning but the belt was not on. Difficult to see because the 3.6 has a huge engine cover on it. I started to look around to see WTF was going on and I see a small pair of teeth and some bugging eyes from some brown fur down near the crank pulley. I had a rat in the serpentine belt all wrapped up and had thrown off the belt. After prying him and the belt off I went on the quest to replace the belt as it had been compromised by being thrown. Tough to find the belt-nobody has them-even Subaru as the car was so new. The dealer asked why I was replacing it and how many miles were on the car? I just showed him the pictures.
Good thing you got him before he got to chew your wiring or damage something else. My upstairs neighbor who parks next to me leaves trail mix in his car. It has attracted rodents who have been leaving shells on top of my intake manifold. They got under the hood insulation of my CRV & chewed the windshield washer spray hose again. I'm getting some rodent be gone today & putting it all over the driveway where we park to fend them off I hope without hurting his dog. Oh & he wasn't as lucky as you. He found 3 mice running around in back of his Explorer. Can't imagine having to put mouse traps in my car. Edit: I found 3 dead baby mice in the hood insulation this time. I sprayed it up with the mouse be gone & put the crystals on the driveway around the cars.
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...Tough to find the belt-nobody has them-even Subaru as the car was so new. The dealer asked why I was replacing it and how many miles were on the car? I just showed him the pictures.
That's surprising. I believe it's been the same belt on the 3.6 since MY 2015 (when they got rid of the PS pump).
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Tough to find the belt-nobody has them-even Subaru as the car was so new.
That part's hard to believe. Same belt for MY 2015-2019.
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The battery in our 2015 Forester lasted 59 months. It was beginning to slow crank at start up and there is no corrosion on the terminals. I knew it wouldn't be long before my wife got stranded somewhere so I replaced it last week out of caution and it starts right up as it should. I'm not spending 2-1/2 times more than I need to on a high end battery though.
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Good thing you got him before he got to chew your wiring or damage something else. My upstairs neighbor who parks next to me leaves trail mix in his car. It has attracted rodents who have been leaving shells on top of my intake manifold. They got under the hood insulation of my CRV & chewed the windshield washer spray hose again. I'm getting some rodent be gone today & putting it all over the driveway where we park to fend them off I hope without hurting his dog. Oh & he wasn't as lucky as you. He found 3 mice running around in back of his Explorer. Can't imagine having to put mouse traps in my car. Edit: I found 3 dead baby mice in the hood insulation this time. I sprayed it up with the mouse be gone & put the crystals on the driveway around the cars.
Same problem happening to my kid's 2013 Honda CR-V. The hood and firewall insulation is all torn up, but (KNOCK ON WOOD) so far no wiring damage. Liquid Fence and other mammal sprays have worked well for me in the garden, and I'm thinking of spraying the blacktop where she parks. Maybe it will produce enough fumes to keep them at bay, without having to actually douse the car with that wonderful rotten egg stuff!

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