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Old 06-26-2010, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default 03 H6 Outback stalled, no codes

On a coupla rare occasions in the past, my wife's Outback has set the CEL and I've only read misfire codes. She never reported poor running. The car has fairly low miles - 55K and is fairly well maintained. purchased new, never wrecked.

Recently, the car stalled after moving about 2 blocks or so from being parked, then it restarted. No CEL and no codes were stored. No poor running conditions. This is very disconcerting.

Is there a known issue like this? Some kinda relay dropping out or something?

thanx for any help.
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so, perhaps this was a one-off event since no one has responded.

My middle daughter once owned a 90 maxima that would stall. It was a 'motor control relay' IIRC that was intermittent. Just wondering how a no code stall could happen in my wife's Outback and if there was 'pre-emptive strike' I could take to help prevent it happening again.

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Old 06-29-2010, 12:57 PM   #3
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Automatic, Manual? How does the stall occur? Is it while under gas or while coasting to a stop?
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:12 PM   #4
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Automatic, Manual? How does the stall occur? Is it while under gas or while coasting to a stop?
4eat, happened once when my wife was driving. Evidently after pulling out from a parking lot onto a secondary street approaching a light so, low-moderate throttle. I don't have specifics since I wasn't in the car. She said it re-started normally.
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so, perhaps this was a one-off event since no one has responded.
I agree that it's a bit disconcerting, but a single event with no (reported, at least) abnormal indications before or after and no CEL is going to be awfully hard to troubleshoot. Have you had the codes read? Even if the CEL hasn't been triggered there can be pending codes in the memory that might tell you something.

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I agree that it's a bit disconcerting, but a single event with no (reported, at least) abnormal indications before or after and no CEL is going to be awfully hard to troubleshoot. Have you had the codes read? Even if the CEL hasn't been triggered there can be pending codes in the memory that might tell you something.

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I checked with my innova - no codes or 'freeze frame' w'ever.

yeah, intermittent stuff is bad. Worse when it's your wife's car lol!
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Notice any leaks when it sits in its normal parking spot? Whats the transmission fluid level? Though a completly different vehicle I have a coworker that drives a late 90's jeep and it leaks auto trans fluild and when low it stalls out.
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Notice any leaks when it sits in its normal parking spot? Whats the transmission fluid level? Though a completly different vehicle I have a coworker that drives a late 90's jeep and it leaks auto trans fluild and when low it stalls out.
No leaks but I will check the fluid level - it's been ah - since April- since I checked.
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further interrogation reveals the car was at idle at a light when it stalled. It appears it had also been running for 20 minutes or so and the a/c was on. I'd say that means it was at operating temp too. (not a 'cold' engine)
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further interrogation reveals the car was at idle at a light when it stalled. It appears it had also been running for 20 minutes or so and the a/c was on. I'd say that means it was at operating temp too. (not a 'cold' engine)

I am not sure about this because of the differences in trans. however my car (01 OBS) had a TPS go bad and it did not report any codes until a complete failure of the sensor. As it started to go bad every time I put the clutch in my engine would die if I did not give it a little bit of gas. Eventually it returned a code and I was able to determine the fault.
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I am not sure about this because of the differences in trans. however my car (01 OBS) had a TPS go bad and it did not report any codes until a complete failure of the sensor. As it started to go bad every time I put the clutch in my engine would die if I did not give it a little bit of gas. Eventually it returned a code and I was able to determine the fault.
good post - I'm gonna keep this in mind if it happens again. How many miles on you OBS when the TPS failed?
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good post - I'm gonna keep this in mind if it happens again. How many miles on you OBS when the TPS failed?

Around 140,000
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