Question about 2005 Subaru Outback
Car will being running great. Then almost all the dash lights will come on and the car kills if the gas pedal isn't being pressed. Check the voltage output at the alternator post and the negative terminal of the battery. Nothing registered. Charged the battery, changed terminal ends at the battery and alternator, the car starts, all dash lights are off and alternator is putting out 13.8. Car drives fine for a day and it happens again.
Are you sure the battery is good? It may not be holding a charge for long if the electroyte is low or weak. How old is the battery? If more than three years, it's worth replacing it. If you still have the problem, then you probably have a "parasitic: loss" in your electrical system. Some accessory or short is draining the battery faster than the alternator can keep it charged. Unless you're good at electrical stuff, have a service manual and a volt-ohm meter, get a mechanic to check for that.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
first the starter solenoid mostly attached on the starter motor , but sometimes it could be inside the starter motor . the clicking sound you hear is that the solenoid dont recieve enough power to close the contacts . that could happen because a dead battery , red batery red cable ( + ) dameged or not tighted enough . this link will help you http://www.samarins.com/glossary/starter.html if this helped you pls vote for me
Posted on May 31, 2009
SOURCE: Subaru Electrical Gremlins
turn head light on and try to start car if they dim way down replace battery or connect a volt meter to bat check voltage while cranking. it must be 12 volts or higher.
Posted on Nov 16, 2008
SOURCE: Battery Drain in 4 days
In my case, the problem turned out to be the after-market radio which is on the same circuit as the interior lights and clock. Once it was changed, the problem was solved.
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
Hello, I was a Subaru tech for a few years and I agree w/ the other tech about the bad starter. Subaru starters are known for this exact kind of behavior when they are close to the end of their life. Forgive me, but I have to assume that everyone I help knows nothing about cars. You sound like the kind of person that is not convinced until you know exactly what is happening, So here's the breakdown. What happens, is when the starter engages the internal motor causing it to rotate. the positive and negative points (Brushes) make physical contact w/ a cylindrical shaft w/ separated plates providing power and ground to the copper wire windings surrounded by permanent magnets. Considering the enormous drag/load on this system from the engines resistance to rotate due to each compression stroke, a very high peak Amperage is channeled only through those two little brush contacts. They continuously spark inside of the starter, eating away at the brush contacts until they eventually wear away causing them to ground out. What's most likely happening w/ your starter is that whenever you start the vehicle, occasionally, by chance or (kind of like a roulette table) the brush contacts land on one or more of these grounded out spots. Even when you try to start the vehicle and nothing happens, the starter is still being influenced by amperage is trying to turn past this dead spot only very very very very slowly. This is why after you try to start it a few times it will eventually start, especially when you let it sit your actually letting the starter cool down. The more you try to start the vehicle the more the starter will become useless. The easiest test we techs have come up w/ when we get a no start concern, is to go out to the vehicle w/ a 3ft long bar, have someone sit in the vehicle and try starting it. If the starter brush contacts are stuck on a dead spot, we give the starter a good thud and if the starter starts working immediately we know it needs one. Some times it takes a few bonks to get it to work. If the starter is too far gone however, this test will not work and other procedures need to be performed in order to rule out all else as the cause for the concern. I hope this info helps...(subytech1)
Posted on Aug 13, 2009
Try changing the ignition coil.
The easy way to test this, is turn the ignition on,for about thirty second's ,then feel the coil ,if it is hot ,replace it.
Posted on Mar 08, 2010
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