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Old 02-21-2008, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default HELP - Broken down on side of road - PLEASE READ!

The car is a 2001 Legacy GT 5 SPeed with near 140K miles. The until today the car ran great.

The car was driven to work and parked. The 30 mile drive to work was completely uneventful. Now, its in the parking lot and wont run. It cranks strong (batter is good) and starts for a sec but then it dies. There are no obvious hoses or electrical connections that have popped loose.

UPDATE (SOLVED): The car was not getting good spark. I reseated all of the wires connecting to the coil pack and it fired right up.
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:41 PM   #2
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check the timing belt
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:49 PM   #3
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idle air control valve?
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:52 PM   #4
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Check fuel pressure- not sure on these engines but most have a schradder valve on the fuel rail.
Check spark by pulling a wire and sticking a screwdiver in it also touch ground so you can see arcing when you crank.
Intake cleaner/starting fluid is always a trusted friend when broken down. My old truck had 50-55 psi fuel pressure (which is good for most cars) but because chevy was trying something new in the early 90's, the truck needed 61psi to start, so a quick blast started her every time.
Stupid question, but did you check oil level/pressure?
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:57 PM   #5
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Ok so first, get the sti up in the air, remove engine - trans - and read diff...

begin to insert these all into said broken down legacy than that = happy banana sleeper!
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:05 PM   #6
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Unplug the MAF and start it. If it stays running...you probably got moisture built up in the MAF causing it to freak out. In this case, go pull the MAF off the 97 wagon and put it on to get you home.

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Old 02-21-2008, 06:34 PM   #7
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Its not the timing belt unless it randomly skipped a bunch of teeth.

I will pull the plug off of the MAF to see if that changes anything. I am not sure how to check the fuel pressure without a gauge. Any ideas?
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:35 PM   #8
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By the way, you guys rock, thanks for the fast replies.
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:52 PM   #9
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I would say the MAF also.
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:05 PM   #10
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push it down a hill in third gear with the clutch in and pop start it, if it doesnt start after that then I dont know what it could possibly be.
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he said it starts then dies. its not his starter.
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:51 PM   #12
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we had a similar problem happen in one of our non-subarus recently. Drove fine when we parked it. Started it up and the fuel pump wouldn't turn on. It started for a second and once the fuel in the fuel lines was gone, the car wouldn't turn back on.
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I got it running again. It was not getting spark so a bit of terminal cleaning was all it needed. Strange that it would die like that. The only unfortunate part is that I ripped the living crap out of my 97 L to get a ton of spare parts before I made the 30 mile trip to the car. It took me three times longer to take the L apart that it did to fix the LGT. O well, at least its all working. Thanks again guys, that was an awesome response!
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