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#16992 of 19336 1995 Impreza...door won't open!
Feb 28, 2007 (6:06 pm)
Hi, we bought this 1995 subaru in October 2006. At that time, the driver's door would only lock with the key. About a month ago, the same thing happened with the passenger door. Well today I couldn't get back in the car on the driver's side. I could not get the door to open no matter what. So I climbed in through the passenger side and drove home. Once home, I STILL couldn't open the door! Had my son try using a key from the outside, I tried from the inside. Ended up having to exit through the passenger door. Is this a known problem? Any suggestions on fixing it???
#16993 of 19336 Re: 1995 Impreza...door won't open! [thscolts]
Mar 01, 2007 (10:58 am)
Sounds like maybe door pulls disconnected from the latch mechanism, or it froze up for some reason. On that vintage of Subaru, it was required that you lift the exterior door handle to lock the door. If the handle was not attached properly, then lifting and closing would not prevent the door from unlocking.
I have not heard of that problem in a Subaru before, so very strange that it happened on both sides of the car (though the passenger side does still open!).
If it is disconnected, you should be able to get to it by taking off the cladding on the inside of the door. Of course, if you cannot open the door then that might be tricky in itself!
#16994 of 19336 Re: Outback starting problems at altitude? [fibber2]
Mar 02, 2007 (7:28 am)
Saw that - thanks. I would have it in additional relevant threads if there were any. I'm looking for all the advice and anecdotal info I can get.
#16995 of 19336 Re: 1995 Impreza...door won't open! [xwesx]
Mar 02, 2007 (8:41 am)
Thanks for your response. The sooby is at the shop now. Neither of us has the time right now (or probably the skills) to fix the problem. Soo...hoping it doesn't cost big bucks.
#16996 of 19336 Re: '98 OBW Ltd radio antenna [toboggan]
Mar 10, 2007 (6:27 pm)
My 98 OBW Ltd antenna finally stopped retracting also. It started just getting stuck mid-way in cold/icy weather but a little lock deicer did the trick temporarily.
I took it out and disassembled it and I saw that the inner plastic rod has snapped and therefore not get pulled down. However, it can be manually pushed down.
Still, I'd like to get a replacement but none of the online sites that I've found carry it. Let me know if you have any luck finding it.
98 OBW Ltd (~130,000 miles)
#16997 of 19336 96 OBW engine electric problem
Mar 11, 2007 (6:36 pm)
Had a clicking sound just before my engine started. The shop replaced the starter relay but it didn't help. They then replaced the ignition switch which took care of the problem except that my car would not start after sitting in the airport parking lot for 3 days. I got a jump and took it back to the shop where they tested it and found no drains on the system.
After another sit in the airport parking lot, I was driving home and the battery light came on followed by a few others like the ABS and airbag lights followed by the wipers going crazy eventhough the switch was off. The entire electrical system failed and I coasted to a stop on the freeway shoulder.
I gave up on the shop and replaced the 50amp fusible link myself and seven fuses that were blown as well as the alternator which seemed to be the cause of the shutdown. I replaced the ignition coil because it was only firing the back two cylinders. That didn't help. Before I assume that the computer was fried, is there something simpler that is causing the front two cylinders not to get a spark? It's not the plugs or the wires because they checked OK. Any suggestions?
#16998 of 19336 Re: 96 OBW engine electric problem [rondo320]
Mar 11, 2007 (6:56 pm)
When you replaced the alternator, did you charge the battery up with a charger or just use the new alternator to charge the battery?
Whenever you replace the alternator and you have run your battery down dead you need to charge your battery with a charger rather than the alternator. I had this problem on my 94 legacy. I blew the alternator and ran on the battery til it died. Then replaced the alternator, jumped the car and thought all was good. A day or 2 later, the alternator died. Apparently it cooked itself from trying to charge the completely dead battery.
So I bought a new battery and alternator and all has been good for 30k miles more.
#16999 of 19336 Re: 96 OBW engine electric problem [paisan]
Mar 12, 2007 (12:53 pm)
I did not. I'll charge it but the two front cylinders are getting no electrics at all. The battery seemed to weather the electric failure well. There's got to be a burned out relay, link or fuse or the computer itself is stopping any electric current from getting to the ignition coil for the front cylinders.
#17001 of 19336 Re: 96 OBW engine electric problem [rondo320]
Mar 13, 2007 (6:57 pm)
I'm talking as a Ford tech here, but if the check engine light is on & there is a misfire code listed,then even if you fix the problem the ignition is cut to the effected cylinders until the code is cleared. That is how Ford protects the cats. if a misfire is detected. I don't know if all manufactures use this type of programing but I thought is was worth mentioning.