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Old 09-19-2016, 01:53 PM   #1
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Default 04 WRX starter issues.

I have an 04 WRX that is having issues starting at times.

what happens is:

I can leave the car over night or for a few hours and the car will start up with no issue. However if I go into a store or to a restaurant to eat for maybe under 1 hour the car will not start. IF the car starts and i turn it off the car right away, the car will start again. I have stalled the car and it will start with no issues. When the car doesn't start I have to push the car and pop the clutch to get going again.

I took the car to the mechanic they replaced the starter. But the first starter did not fix the issue. I thought it was a bad starter because the mechanic was able to hit the starter and the car would start. So we got a replacement and still the same issue. The voltage to the starter seems to be right but I am unsure if the current is enough to start the car. It looks like the starter is receiving the load from the batter but will not start.

I have no idea what is happening. Could this be ignition switch issue? Battery? Has anyone ever seen this issue before? Any ideas?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:27 AM   #2
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:41 PM   #3
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seems like a certain temp range that you car does not like. not completely hot, but not completely cooled down, somewhere in the middle there... start with testing the coolant temp sensor.
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Old 10-03-2016, 02:23 PM   #4
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How old is the battery?

If the starter is rebuilt, many times rebuilt starters are bad from the start
What brand starter is it?
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:40 PM   #5
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@ samurai Jack:

The battery is only a year old. I live in AZ and its is really hot here during the summer so it could be the batter.

I am not sure on what brand of starter they put it but i am sure it is a rebuilt one. SO maybe that is the issue. However it is acting the same with all three starters. So maybe it could be something else.
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:05 AM   #6
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Clutch safety switch. Try to bypass it with a jumper (just a piece of wire) and see if the problem persists, if it doesn't that's the problem and you can replace it.
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@ samurai Jack:

The battery is only a year old. I live in AZ and its is really hot here during the summer so it could be the batter.

I am not sure on what brand of starter they put it but i am sure it is a rebuilt one. SO maybe that is the issue. However it is acting the same with all three starters. So maybe it could be something else.
If the starter is only a year old, and you purchased the correct battery, I doubt it is the battery unless you have a short which is slowly draining the battery.

Depending on where the starter came from, like an auto parts store brand, it could be the starter - all of them. Store brand rebuilds are cheap for a reason. I've seen store brand rebuilt starters go bad multiple times, one right after the other. Had to keep replacing several until got one that worked.

Just don't discount the starter as a possible issue.
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