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Just picked up and 02 Outback LL Bean with the 3.0 and 156k last night. Ran great! Swapped oil, rear diff oil, ATF, coolant, and power steering fluid today. Car started fine and ran well, I drove it less than two miles to a store shut it off and went inside for about a half hour.
When I came out the car started fine, I backed out of my parking spot then when I tried to move in Drive it stuttered a few times, jerked once or twice, and then stalled out. The dash electronics flashed a few times and the trip odometer and dash clock had been reset to 0 and 1:00 respectively. Restarted, goosed the throttle a little and it ran and drove great. Drove a few miles down the road, shut it off for about 10 minutes and it did it again when I left! After a restart and a little blip on the gas it when down the road fine.
Has anyone else had this problem? No lights on the dash on at all. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance!
 

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Check the battery cables for tightness and no corrosion. If the cables are good, get a new battery and then check the alternator output. You may need both a battery and alternator.

The stuttering, clock and engine shutting down is an indication of a bad battery or connection often times coupled with a failing alternator. It could just be the battery.
 

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I should have checked that first, good advice! Oh how I wish I had a charge gauge on the dash.
 

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The easy way it to go to any auto parts store if possible. Their testing equipment can give the output of the alt.
 

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The parts stores have a meter that test amperage output. It's the same meter they use to sell you a battery. It needs to be checked with the engine off. You compare the CCA rating with what the battery is actually putting out. If the battery is low, it would be useless to check the alternator performance.
 
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