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Old 11-16-2003, 02:34 PM   #1
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Outback Sport please, I need help (starter,battery?)

Before I start explaining the problem, the battery contacts have already been cleaned off. I have a 99 OBS withg 105k mi.

Ok, a few weeks ago my went to turn my car on and when I did the engine did not start, however all of my interior lights (radio, dome etc) worked and my headlights and brakes worked fine (no dimming). The starter itself did not move or turn even once, complete silence. As I turned the ignition fully, the headlights did not dim.

This has lasted a few weeks with the engine working perfectly normal and then doing what I described above (at the worst possible times). My subie repair man thought it was a bad connection from the battery so he cleaned off the contacts and it worked fine for a few days before acting up again last night.

My question is:

1) what the hell is wrong?!?!!
2) is it electrical with wiring issues?
3) do I need a new starter?
4) if this has happened to you, let me know what you did to fix it!

Thanks,

Brian
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Old 11-16-2003, 02:53 PM   #2
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Replied in your other thread in Service forum. Not good to crosspost
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Old 11-16-2003, 03:20 PM   #3
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Any specific time this happens? Such as first thing in the morning, hot days, cold days, wet days, after a hard drive, etc...
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Old 11-16-2003, 04:18 PM   #4
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no specific time. It happened when it was 80 deg/sunny and 30 deg/snowing in the mountains. It happens in the morning, noon and evening. it doesnt rain in denver, so i know water isnt a problem. I am spent thinking about this. I guy posted about this exact problem in june, but I dont think he has been back in the iclub since.

When i turn the ignition I get a "click" and that is all. The whole interior works including the fan, radio etc, and my outside lights work. The dang engine doesnt though. The frustrating thing is, sometimes , actually most of the time it works normal. But when it doesnt work, it has left me trapped in breckenridge 75 miles from home, made me late for work..etc. Someone, anyone, throw me a bone here!!!! HELP! Thanks
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Old 11-16-2003, 04:52 PM   #5
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The starter has a solenoid that engages a ring gear othat is typically on the flywheel. When you turn the key a relay energizes the circuit that engages the solenoid and applies power to the starter motor. The clicking that you hear is the relay. If there is a clunk sound immediately after the click, that would be the solenoid. Then the starter should turn. I used to have a similar problem on a 1970 VW Squareback. Usually I could hit the starter (more than a tap, less than a whack) with a small hammer, and the next turn of the key would work. Might be worthwhile to try some electrical testing during the problem. If you are getting current at the starter but the solenoid doesn't engage, then its probably intermittently stuck. If you really don't want to mess with it at all then just get a new starter.
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Old 11-16-2003, 11:00 PM   #6
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Thanks, i need to hit the starter with a wrench for it to work, so i guess i need a new starter. Thanks for the help everyone!
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