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Try replacing the fuel pump relay

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Where is the fuel pump located on the subaru outback wagon?

You should have an access panel under rear seat or in cargo area. on passenger side. here is a replacement procedure

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  1. Release fuel pressure.

  1. Disconnect fuel delivery hose (1) and return hose (2).
  2. Disconnect jet pump hose (3).

  1. Remove nuts which install fuel pump assembly on to fuel tank.

  1. Take off fuel pump from fuel tank .


Connect lead harness to connector terminal of fuel pump, and apply battery power supply to check whether the pump operates.


  • Wipe off the fuel completely.
  • Keep Battery as far apart from fuel pump as possible.
  • Be sure to turn the battery supply "on" and "off" on the battery side.
  • Do not run fuel pump for a long time under non-load condition .
Installation is in the reverse order of removal. Do the following:

  1. Always use new gaskets.
  2. Ensure sealing portion is free from fuel or foreign particles before installation.

  1. Tighten nuts in numerical sequence shown to specified torque.
Tightening Torque: 4.4 ±1.5 N.m (3.3 ±1.1 ft-lb)

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My subaru 1997 wont start no fuel going in the engine o energy for fuel pump i think is my fuel relay but i dont know the location of it and i need to know the location of the computer

first check fuel pressure, guages sold at local auto store run $30-$50.. but it is a quick hook up and sorts out alot of maybe'sss.

if in fact there is no pressure you are likely correct in looking at a relay or the pump itself.. relay should be labelled with all the other in hood compartment..

whereas, the fuel pump is likely in the tank, so drop the tank, and replace.. they go for about $100 for a rebuilt.. don't forget to also change the fuel filter.. Subaru put the filter easily located in engine compartment.

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