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Old 06-30-2017, 02:28 PM   #1
Jutboy
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Question Car occasionally won't start (lots of details provided)

Hello everyone,
I've got 2005 Impreza RS Auto that occasionally won't start. Turn key and nothing happens sometimes (randomly). No tick/noise at all. It's been happening for a while now. I put in a new battery and started and it went away for a while (month or so) and then started back up. Before yesterday, everytime it happened I would wiggle the small wire leading to the started and it would always start right after.

This last time that didn't happen. I tried a ton of times no go. I found someone to turn the key and I shorted the starter selonid and she started right up.

I've started her a couple dozen times since that "completely won't start" event and it has started every time. Normally I would pull the started and have it tested but I have a feeling it that it will work fine on the bench. I've got a multimeter in the car now so I can make sure that little wire is getting 12v's if it happens again.

Anyother ideas? This is really horrible never knowing if my car is going to strand me somewhere.

Thank You!
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Old 06-30-2017, 05:28 PM   #2
Charlie-III
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To "jump the starter" like you did, you only need the key "on", that's all.

Since wiggling the start wire worked, sounds like a bad connection to the solenoid.
You can remove the wire and inspect for corrosion, clean if need be and reinstall.

Using your meter, put one lead on a good ground (battery negative works) and the other on the small wire to the starter. When you twist the key, you should see battery voltage. If not, check the wire and work your way back until you find the issue.
Since you have a AT, try starting in neutral. If that works, it may need a linkage adjustment on the trans.

Otherwise, if everything else looks good, pull the starter and have it tested.
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