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Old 09-16-2010, 01:08 PM   #1
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Default 1998 Forester - Won't Start

I posted this on subaruforester.org thinking that they could help me better...I guess I was wrong.

1998 Forester L, 5sp, 200K miles, 3rd owner, beat like a red-headed step child

Won't Start

It was running fine, then it all of the sudden started having some trouble starting. Literally, it was fine one minute, and the next it wouldn't start. Thought the battery was dead. We were able to push start it a couple times, no problem (reinforcing my dead battery theory). The next day I put the battery from my wrx in it, and it fired right up. Drove it to a scooby meet, then a little while later, it wouldn't even crank.

Troubleshooting already performed:
Battery had plenty of voltage, so I ran a few extra ground wires around the motor. Now it cranks but there appears to be no fuel. Unplugged fuel line to manifold and nothing came out while cranking. Checked fuel pump, and there doesn't seem to be voltage going to the pump (replaced pump while I was there anyway). There is voltage to the gauge sender unit, and it does still work. I can't hear the relay click, nor the pump prime when I turn the key. Now, I couldn't find a definitive picture of the location of the fuel pump relay, but I did find a pair of round relays under the driver's side dash, hooked to a bracket that is screwed above the kick panel. One has a white connector and the other is green. Now, assuming that the green one is the fuel pump relay (I checked them both anyway), when I apply voltage to the relay, it clicks. There is 12ish volts on the plug, but the trigger wires never have any voltage. I have checked all the fuses on the panel behind the coin tray and under the hood.

At this point, I'm not sure what's next to check. I don't have a wiring diagram to see what else is in the ignition circuit. I'm sure there is something simple that I overlooked, or didn't realize was different from the Impreza. Any ideas and help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
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