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Old 11-02-2019, 04:43 PM   #1
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Question Car won't start... but direct power to starter solenoid starts it every time

Hello Nasioc,
Subject says it all. Sometimes it starts fine with the key...sometimes I have to throw 12v directly to the starter solenoid...which works every time. Any ideas what could be wrong? I assume there is a solenoid somewhere in between that is failing...anyone have any ideas? I would really appreciate it.

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Old 11-02-2019, 08:04 PM   #2
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There are safety switches between the ignition switch and the starter solenoid. The type you have depends on what transmission is installed. If you have a manual, one of the switches is on the clutch pedal.
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Old 11-02-2019, 09:20 PM   #3
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Ohhh..I didn't put the car in...

2005 Impreza RS 2.5 Auto.

Any idea where the switches are on the auto?
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Old 11-03-2019, 01:54 PM   #4
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The auto has a neutral safety switch so the car only starts in park or neutral. When the problem happens try moving the shifter between P and N, if that makes it start it's the switch. Either it's bad or the linkage needs adjusting.
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:16 PM   #5
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Like Mulder stated, see if the starter will work while the shifter is in Neutral position. The Inhibitor Switch is mounted about in the middle of the transmission, on the driver side. The switch may need adjustment, or you might be able to clean the contacts, I don't know for sure. I would think the switch should be pretty well sealed up.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:48 PM   #6
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Check your fuses. I've found corroded contacts on the fuses have caused this type of problem.
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