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1998 Subaru Legacy Outback failure to shut off problem.

I solved my failure to start problem by cleaning and tightening terminals and immediately had a failure to stop problem. Even with the key off and out, it tries to start. I had to unhook the battery to get the starter to stop trying. With the key on, the car fires right up when I re-attach the terminal. I did not reattch anything improperly.

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  • ben May 11, 2010

    what happens after it starts? does it just run, the starter circuit does its job and then the car is just running?

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Check the relays connected to the starter, replace with the same type, check also relays on the regulator. the relays usually fails ans causes starting problems.

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Your starter solenoid is jammed or shorted....or your ignition switch is.
Climb underneath, find the starter and hit it HARD a few times, with a hammer.(No..I'm not crazy) I'm a retired journeyman mechanic (30+ years) and have seen this SO OO many times. This may solve the problem, but you might still need a new solenoid. Next....you can disconnect the small trigger wire, @ the solenoid, hook the battery back up....and if the problem goes away, buy a new ignition switch Hope this helps you, Seeyalaterbye.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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