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1991 Subaru Legacy L Station Wagon. Will not crank, only occassionally. I already re-built the starter and thouroughly cleaned all of the contacts and connections. The vehicle had a broken drive shaft when purchased and I understand that the shifter has to be in Park or Neutral to start. There was a shift lever guide that was bent and it has been fixed. I have narrowed it down to either the actual key ignition switch in the steering column or some sensor that can be located in the shifter or anywher. Any answers as to my least expensive "next fix" or some specific troubleshooting flowchart that you can recommend.

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Need to narrow down whether it's mechanical, as in a chipped starter gear or misaligned starter, or electrical connection. See if the starter solenoid is consistently getting power when you turn ignition key

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Check the fuse for it.
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SOURCE: 1995 subaru legacy - transmission fluid dipstick?

find the dipstick ,its their somewhere lurking and yes the transmission fluid goes down the same hole ,,,chock drive wheels handbrake on warm engine(running) with reverse selected to check trans oil level

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SOURCE: '97 subaru legacy L,AWD wagon, 2.2L, auto trans.

Do you hear a 'click' when the key is turned to start? Have someone try the key while you listen under the hood. It should be the starter solenoid clicking. You need either a test light or voltmeter to test further. One large terminal on the solenoid has the large wire from the battery positive, and should always show voltage/light at all times. Test the other side of the solenoid (large terminal) that is connected to the terminal on the starter motor. It should show light/voltage when the key is turned. If it doesn't, the solenoid must be replaced. If it does show light/voltage, then the starter motor is defective (probably brushes). If you get no click when turning the key, test the small terminal on the solenoid, you should see a voltage/light change when the key is turned. If you see a change, but no click, the solenoid coil is open or the case of the solenoid is not grounding where it is mounted. Try loosening the mounting and re-tighten. If no help, replace the solenoid. If you see no change at the small terminal, remove the wire from it and using a spare piece of wire, touch the small terminal to, first, the large terminal that the battery is connected to, then to the the mounting bolt for the solenoid. If the solenoid is good, the starter should operate with one of these two tests. In that case, the starter position of key switch is open--replace the ignition switch.

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SOURCE: how to change thermostat on 1999 Subaru Legacy

Thermostat is located on the drivers side front of the engine, underneath. You will need to drain your antifreeze first of course. Disconnect the lower radiator hose from the thermostat housing, then remove the housing and thermostat. Take note of the direction the thermostat is oriented so you can put the new one in the same way. Install new thermostat, reinstall housing & lower rad hose. Check your owners manual or repair book for quantity of antifreeze to refill! It doesn't always want to take all of it at first. If you fall into the trap of not putting all of it in, you WILL overheat your engine & most likely blow a head gasket. Best procedure I've found is to elevate the front of the car & remove the bleed screw from the passengers side top of the radiator, then fill. That will help the air escape from the system. Air pockets in the system = hot spots and you dont want those.

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