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96 subaru legacy starter problem

The starter bench tests to be ok.  When I turn the key, I can hear the starter solenoid click, then silence.  The parts store suggests a relay.  I cannot find a starter relay.  Earlier, when I could not afford the repairs, a shop said it was the starter. Now that I can afford the starter (thanks Dad) the parts store says the starter is fine?  Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

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  • kennyorders Jan 27, 2009

    The problem has been fixed.  The solenoid was trashed and was not allowing enough current to turn the engine.  The bench test was "no-load" so it passed.  A new starter fixed the problem.  Thanks to all who had ideas

  • anti69 May 11, 2010

    does the starter problem only show up when it's warmed up?
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I have run into this problem. The installation location of the starter is very critical to have a good ground. On the EJ25 motors the way the starter mounts with one bolt to the trans and the other through the trans to the block makes it difficult to get a really good ground. I would make sure you have a nice clean secure ground. Hope this solves your problem, nothing worse than having a Subie and not being able to use it. Good luck.

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Try these and let us know how you make out
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