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IDLEING AND POWER

MY SUBARU ALWAYS STARTED RIGHT UP AND HAD PLENTY OF POWER, A FEW DAYS AGO, i LET A FRIEND BORROW IT AND SHE ALMOST RUN IT OUT OF OIL. SINCE THEN, NOT ONLY DOES IT NOT WANT TO START , IT RUNS ROUGH AND HAS NO POWER.I CHECKED ALL FLUIDS AND SPARK PLUGS. i'M WONDERING IF THESE SYMPTOMS ARE THE RESULT OF ALMOST RUNNING OUT OF OIL OR IF ITS POSIBLE IT COULD BE SOMETHING ELSE. ANY HELP OR SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRICIATED.
THANKS,
SCOTT

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The car should not have run out of oil in one day. If the low oil light came on I don't understand how all the fluild levels were OK. My suggestion would be to change the oil and filter, and to use an oil pan flush just before you drain the old oil. You may also need to change the PCV valve and clean the intake and especially the idle air control valve. If its really a sludgy oil problem sometimes adding Marvel's Mystery Oil can free a stuck piston ring and relieve oil consumption and performance problems but you say the spark plugs look good, which implies you are not buring oil.

If you meant she ran the car almost or totally out of fuel, then change the fuel filter and use some injector cleaner in the tank.

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