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#6818 of 19283 Tempermental electical problem
Jul 15, 2006 (4:15 pm)
OK, here's a strange one. I've recently taken over driving my wifes 2005 Subaru Impreza RS. Nice car, but it has a weird starting problem. 1/2 - 2/3'rds of the time, it starts just perfectly. However, and it seems this only happens to me and not my wife, sometimes when I turn the key, the dash lights and all come up but the car doesn't start. No click, no nothing, just dash lights. The key turns through it's full rotation. I'll try it 3-4 times with the same response, then it will start up on one of the next tries.
This car also doesn't always chirp when locking the doors. Somestimes it does, but most of the time, nope. Unclear if there's any sort of connection.
Before I go the the dealer on Monday, who'll probably not be able to duplicate the problem, does anyone have any idea where to look? My wife never had this problem and thought I was losing it, until we both got into the car yesterday and it happened. Honestly, I was starting to think I was going nuts myself. What kind of starting problem only happens to one person, anyway? Maybe the car doesn't like me, as it's really my wifes car. Who knows? Anyone??
#6819 of 19283 Re: Tempermental electical problem [damish003]
Jul 15, 2006 (6:02 pm)
Does it have a problem when using her set of keys? Sounds like a security system problem related to your key/alarm control fob.
#6820 of 19283 Re: Tempermental electical problem [saedave]
Jul 15, 2006 (8:11 pm)
I did think of that. It happens with both sets of keys.
#6821 of 19283 Re: Forester Battery Drain [ladywclass]
Jul 16, 2006 (9:03 am)
Ha that notorious switch atop the steering column.
#6822 of 19283 Re: Forester Battery Drain [bobsbrother]
Jul 16, 2006 (9:07 am)
What Brenda [ladywclass] said.
Also, do you have anything electrical/electronic that's aftermarket installed?
Some of y'all may remember of a lady in Alaska with battery dying problems. Turns out to be her Alpine HU doing the draining.
#6823 of 19283 Impreza oil pump reseal
Jul 16, 2006 (11:55 am)
Does anyone know where I can get some instructions on how to remove and reseal an oil pump on a 2.2 engine? I know how to remove the covers, fans, timing belt but I don't know how to remove and reseal the pump.
#6824 of 19283 Re: Tempermental electical problem [damish003]
Jul 17, 2006 (8:49 am)
Dan, just a shot in the dark here, but is your car a manual? Maybe occasionally you're not depressing the clutch far enough, or your floor mat is hanging up underneath preventing enough movement to defeat the clutch lockout? I know this happened to my father-in-law when he used my car once. He couldn't get it started, turns out he just wasn't depressing the clutch far enough. Hope this helps.
#6825 of 19283 Re: Forrester Battery Drain [bobsbrother]
Jul 17, 2006 (4:02 pm)
In situations like this I've always found it very useful to insert an ampmeter in series with the battery to find out exactly what current is being drawn with the car "off". Modern cars' parasitic loads can be surprisingly high. I have installed a battery disconnect switch on every car I own and use it if the car will be idle for more than two weeks. Go figure. 100 milliamps parasitic for 30 days = 72 amp*hr = dead battery.
#6826 of 19283 Re: Tempermental electical problem [ozman62]
Jul 18, 2006 (12:09 pm)
The car had a loose negative relay switch. As I understand it, it's a switch that doesn't let the car start if hot-wired. So being loose, sometimes it worked and sometimes not.
Heard something from the service manager that I thought was a joke, but he claims it's not. Supposedly the "flashing cruise" is a purposeful addition to the "check engine" light, as apparently too many folks would continue driving around with a "check engine", as long as it wasn't flashing. The "flashing cruise" light helps make people realize there might be something serious there and bring it in for service. That just beats all, I guess.
Anyway, the car's back to normal. Thanks for the suggestions.
#6827 of 19283 Static on Radio
Jul 18, 2006 (7:06 pm)
HI. I just bought a 2006 Legacy 2.5I sedan Special Edition and am very happy with it. However, I havea problem with the sound system. Whenever the rear defroster is turned on, I get static on the radio. Does anyone know what might be causing this and how to fix it?