Last post on Aug 07, 2012 at 11:07 AM
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Subaru Outback, Sedan, Wagon
#5 of 6 Re: Subaru Outback 2003 LL Bean Edition [klf68]
Aug 07, 2012 (9:44 am)
I also wanted to add to my "dead battery issue my car now has 112,881 miles.
#6 of 6 Re: Subaru Outback 2003 LL Bean Edition [klf68]
Aug 07, 2012 (11:07 am)
Have you checked it with a multimeter just to see what is going on prior to starting (is the voltage low) and while the vehicle is running (is the voltage at ~14.5)? Those things could give you a clue as to where the problem might lie.
Also, I used to have a grounding issue on my '96 Outback that would make it seem like the battery was low (clicking, but no engagement of starter). The problem turned out to be an ever-so-slightly loose ground connection near the starter that increased the resistance just enough that sometimes it wouldn't start. Interestingly, with a jump, it would generally start with no problem at all due to the added amps simply being able to overcome that resistance. In addition to the actual ground points, increased resistance can come through the negative cable itself if there is corrosion or some other agent in play.
If your new battery is testing good and isn't being drained while the car sits, look for resistance/grounding issues.
I agree that, at this point, you shouldn't need a Subaru specialist.