Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Thursday August 21, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
Rocky Mountains Impreza Club
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Chapters > Rocky Mountains Impreza Club Forum -- RMIC

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-16-2003, 02:08 PM   #1
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 4690
Join Date: Mar 2001
Chapter/Region: RMIC
Location: Metro Denver
2014 FXT

Outback Sport engine starting problem, help, please!!

I live west of HR and if anyone has had this problem, let me know where you went to fix it:

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!


* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
KURB21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2003, 05:56 PM   #2
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 15409
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Lakewood, CO

The first thing that comes to my mind is a bad switch at the clutch. It sounds like the car doesn't think the clutch is in and therefore won't start. There is a switch above the clutch pedal that closes when the clutch is in to allow the car to start. Of course, if you have an AT, disregard my post.

Keep us posted.

quynce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2003, 10:04 PM   #3
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 4690
Join Date: Mar 2001
Chapter/Region: RMIC
Location: Metro Denver
2014 FXT


sorry, didnt metion my car is an auto. I was advised that if I hit the starter with a hammer (lightly) the car would start, and if it did start then i need a new starter. Well, it did start and i need a new starter. Its something about the solenoids not triggering the starter motor...anyways, too complicated for me to understand, but I will be getting a new starter. Thanks for your help though.
KURB21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2003, 10:14 PM   #4
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 44585
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Alamogordo, NM
2004 WRX


Be sure to have your starter tested before you haul off and buy a new one. Just take it off and take it down to any good auto parts store and they will be able to test it for you.

If it's fine, I would start looking towards the solenoid or the ignition switch.

Good Luck
NateSD is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Front 02 sensor wire soldered,car started then died,won't start anymore! Help please greddy18 Factory 2.0L Turbo Powertrain 8 06-29-2009 09:43 PM
Engine starting problem kachun Vancouver Impreza Club Forum -- VIC 9 01-16-2006 02:16 AM
OBD-I Cold engine start problems? todnar Normally Aspirated Powertrain 0 10-15-2005 12:42 PM
problems with engine? fuel? something? help please. aznatama Engine Management & Tuning 1 06-04-2005 05:46 PM
Engine Problems, Help Please mcgehman Factory 2.0L Turbo Powertrain 0 09-13-2004 11:06 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:35 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.