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#242 of 580 1996 subaru legacy outback wagon (electrical problems)
Jul 10, 2006 (4:48 am)
I have a 1996 legacy wagon , it has been in storage for about 9 months . about once a month we would run the engine, this past weekend it would not even turnover ..When i connected the battery charger, the front right parking lamp ,the dome light and the right tail light started to flash ... Everything in the car was turned off.... Any thoughts to what it might be??
#243 of 580 Re: 1996 subaru legacy outback wagon (electrical problems) [rpkoz1]
Jul 10, 2006 (9:05 am)
My Forester does that when I disconnect the battery and reconnect it. I cycle the keyless locks on and off a few times and it stops. Do you have a keyfob like that? If not try the power door locks.
#244 of 580 Re: 1996 subaru legacy outback wagon (electrical problems) [ateixeira]
Jul 12, 2006 (4:45 am)
Thank you , That worked perfectly ....
#245 of 580 Re: 1996 subaru legacy outback wagon (electrical problems) [rpkoz1]
Jul 12, 2006 (8:21 am)
Schweet! Score one for the forums.
#246 of 580 1995 2.2L Legacy Outback hesitation / stalling
Jul 22, 2006 (4:05 pm)
My daughter called today and said her '95 Outback started stalling a couple months ago when she would have the clutch in while making a turn, or coming to a stop. Recently though she says it has started hesitating when she is accelerating, and sometimes she has a problem getting it up to speed when entering the freeway, which is making her a bit nervous about getting stranded especially with her 4 month old in the back seat. Also having an intermittent check engine light. She had it in to a local shop and they did a computer check that said she had an "airflow error" in the computer history, but that it was checking out OK now. They replaced her fuel and air filters along with a new air conditioner compressor since that wasn't working for the tune of $800 and she's running low on repair money. Any ideas on what we can check before she ends up bankrupt trying to diagnose the problem?
Thanks in advance for any tips you can provide!
#247 of 580 Re: 1995 2.2L Legacy Outback hesitation / stalling [sandman52]
Jul 28, 2006 (12:40 pm)
I am surprised that the ECU recorded any code, but my bet is on the mass airflow sensor in relation to the stalling. I think that, new, the part is somewhere to the tune of $400, but you can find them used for less than half that. The hesitation might just be fuel injectors needing some assistance. Have her run a few bottles of injector cleaner through the fuel and see if it helps that part. It might take a few though, so run them on back-to-back tanks (one bottle per fill up).
I replaced my MAS in response to a "ghost" stalling problem that would trip the CEL but record no code. After wasting several hundred dollars in fruitless diagnostics, a local indpendent Subaru mechanic suggested I try the MAS. I did - purchased a used one as my repair money was all but gone - and have had no problems with the stalling every since (5 years now).
Best of luck to your daughter. -Wes-
#248 of 580 Re: 1995 2.2L Legacy Outback hesitation / stalling [xwesx]
Aug 06, 2006 (10:56 am)
I'll see if I can find a used MAFS for her, and see if that does the trick.
#249 of 580 96 Legacy Wagon 2.5 stuttering & check engine light
Nov 28, 2006 (3:51 pm)
I have a 1996 Legacy Station wagon 2.5 4 cam
I loved the car until 2 weeks ago
Check engine light is intermittently flickering on and the car is stuttering.
I can do 100 miles fine and then suddenly it all comes back.
The dealer has replaced exhaust, oxygen sensor, fuel filter and run a diagnostic.
Initial diagnostic showed oxygen sensor problem (replaced) and airflow sensor (not yet replaced)
Furthur diagnostics have revealed nothing - I think that the dealers think I'm mad! The car runs fine for them (on their limited test drives)
I am tearing my hair out!!! Please help
#250 of 580 Re: 96 Legacy Wagon 2.5 stuttering & check engine light [tjhm]
Nov 29, 2006 (10:31 am)
I would get new spark plug wires (I'm sure they're due by now), new spark plugs, and if all those don't help, a new ignition coil (only about $80 or so).
Power is stuttering so it's probably spark.
#251 of 580 Re: 96 Legacy Wagon 2.5 stuttering & check engine light [ateixeira]
Nov 29, 2006 (11:08 am)
I agree that it is likely spark, but since the spark is electronically controlled it could be more than just the mechanicals themselves. Since your ECU coded an airflow sensor issue, you might consider replacement of it. The part is expensive, but extremely simple to replace. I had the problems noted above with the MAS (likely) and never was a code recorded, though the CEL did illuminate. So, at this point it is hard to say, but I concur with juice that it is likely either spark or something that controls the timing of it.
Interesting that you say the CEL is "flickering" on. I have never observed that behavior and was not aware it was able to simply "flicker." I wonder if that is indicative of something in and of itself? How many tanks of fuel have you run through the car in the past two weeks? Perhaps there is/was a little water in the tank. A bottle of Heet would eliminate that possibility.