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#137 of 156 Re: 98 2.5 Subaru Outback Legacy WON'T START [xwesx]
Jul 30, 2011 (10:23 am)
Is the info the same in a 2001 outback? Mine makes clicking sounds when in gear with clutch depressed but in neutral does not even click. I can hear a very faint noise that sounds like a switch activating apparently near the passenger back seat as i perform the first part of the ignition turn, then as I turn to the part that should crank the starter I get the continous clicking noise. NOT of course, if the clutch is not all the way to the floor.Have tried the cycle about 25 times so far. It is neither too cool or too hot outside here. The lights are bright - all the dash works as it should. Is there a switch somewhere, as talked about in posts shown above? Just bought the car- previous guy replaced battery and alternater so apparently this happened to him too although he denies it of course. Helpful ideas?
#138 of 156 Re: 98 2.5 Subaru Outback Legacy WON'T START [ajna]
Aug 01, 2011 (12:19 pm)
The 2001 is the second generation of the Outback, but still very similar in those mechanics, but your problem sounds different.
Mine makes clicking sounds when in gear with clutch depressed but in neutral does not even click.
The reason for this is there being an interlock on the clutch, meaning you cannot start the car without the clutch being depressed. In that respect, the car is behaving "normally."
as I turn to the part that should crank the starter I get the continous clicking noise.
This is likely one of two things. First, your battery may be low. Check the voltage on it with a multimeter (can be had for $20-25, maybe cheaper); if it is at ~12.5 volts, you're good to go. Second, and perhaps more likely in your scenario, is that the resistance in the negative battery cable may be too high. Replacing that cable, which also should be very cheap, should do the trick.
#139 of 156 1996 Subaru legacy 2.2L having trouble starting and staying started
Oct 16, 2011 (4:24 pm)
About a month ago my Subaru would sputter when taking off, until eventually it went out. My son and I put in a new fuel filter and fuel pump and it ran great for about two weeks. Then it just went out on my son while he was driving. Would turn over but wouldn't start, as if it wasn't getting any gas. Went to tow it and it started right up after sitting for about a week??? Today... Didn't start! Does anyone know if this can be electrical or a injector problem? Battery and terminals are fine. Any help would be much appreciated!
#140 of 156 Re: 1996 Subaru legacy 2.2L having trouble starting and staying started [major73]
Oct 17, 2011 (8:05 am)
When is it not starting? In other words, do you notice this when the engine is cold (such as sitting over night), or warm, or does it matter.... ?
#141 of 156 Re: 1996 Subaru legacy 2.2L having trouble starting and staying started [xwesx]
Oct 17, 2011 (4:46 pm)
It does it in warm or cold weather. First time was on the highway,second about 2 miles after leaving home in war
m weather. When it started the other night,it had been sitting for about 5 days, the next day... Nothing.
#142 of 156 Re: 1996 Subaru legacy 2.2L having trouble starting and staying started [major73]
Oct 18, 2011 (7:41 am)
Okay, have you had any issues with it while it is running? Any engine stammering, etc?
It almost sounds to me like there is a relay that is shutting down the fuel system on it, which means the relay is either going bad or it is getting poor feedback from one of the connected sensors. That, too, could either be a sensor, or a poor wiring connection, but those things work on resistance. So, if it is within spec at the time the car is doing the system check, you're up and running until you shut it off. If not, you're not going anywhere.
When the problem happens, do you hear the fuel pump priming in the rear of the car? In other words, when you put the key in the ignition, turn it to "on" and wait a few seconds. What sounds do you hear?
#143 of 156 Re: 1996 Subaru legacy 2.2L having trouble starting and staying started [xwesx]
Oct 18, 2011 (6:05 pm)
Before we put the fuel pump in we did have problems, it sputtered at take off. After the fuel pump, no sputter but flat out dies and stays dead. Just went and tried starting it and it did start after sitting again for a few days. And it stood running. Heard the starter make a humming noise before starting. Tried starting it again and nothing.
#144 of 156 Re: 1996 Subaru legacy 2.2L having trouble starting and staying started [major73]
Oct 19, 2011 (8:12 am)
Heard the starter make a humming noise before starting.
Okay, that if you were not attempting to start, that was the fuel pump making that humming sound, so it's not the relay I was visualizing.
It sounds like an electrical/sensor issue. That's going to mean diagnostics. Simple things to check... are you getting any current out of the fuel injectors when it will not start? How about spark? If it isn't even trying to fire, one of those things has to be missing. After you determine that, the "why" becomes the fun part.
#145 of 156 Re: 1996 Subaru legacy 2.2L having trouble starting and staying started [xwesx]
Oct 19, 2011 (5:58 pm)
I will try look into the current but can't really get busy on it until this weekend due to getting home after dark every day.I appreciate your help in narrowing it down and will post when I work on it this weekend. Thanks again for your help!