Question about 1991 Subaru Legacy
I have a 91 Legacy wagon, 5 speed manual trans. This morn. when I tried to start it, I heard a sort of grind and a sound like the starter was stuck. I immediately released the key and turned it again with no grind. the engine sounded like it was trying to turn over but wouldn't start. It has sat all day so I tried to start it a bit ago, now it sounds like the starter is trying to turn but cant. I haven't had even a hint of a problem until this morning.
That sounds more like a dead battery than anything else. The bendix, the bit that engages the starter to the flywheel, usually goes bad a bit more slowly and causes more dramatic persistent grinding. A bad starter is also possible, as are bad battery cables. The starter mortor and bendix are both replaced when you install a rebuilt starter. If a jump start doesn't solve the problem, and connecting a jumper cable directly from the + battery terminal to the starter motor doesn't help then replace the starter. If it does help, then the problem is probably the battery cables.
Posted on Mar 21, 2009
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