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Car does not start, Lights work, makes no effort to turn over will not Jump start. 98 subaru legacy outback. Sometimes it starts and sometimes it doesnt. I have had a new battery, starter and alternater installed. when the car doesnt start it usually needs to sit for an hour and it starts right up. It happens more often during the day when the car has been used. however; it often want start early morn or late evening when it has sat for a while and it's not hot outside. when it is not feeling like starting, the lights,stereo and power windows work fine and there is no clicking noise at the starter.

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  • mplatt Jul 26, 2008

    I have towed the car to 2 mechanics when it will not start. They have both ran diognostics and neither have been able to fix the problem. all the fuses have been replaced. It is not blowing fuses. I would like someone with automobile expertise, preferably subaru. There is a dealer 2 hrs away. I thought I would try this forum before making the trip. Thanks

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The culprit would be the route from the ignition switch to the starter solenoid, but there are a lot of areas that causes the problem and in between the route i mentioned there a lot of contact point to check on that may need physical check-up or diagnosis. i suggest that you go to a certified Subaru repair shop because Subaru has unique wirings. just a personal point of view.

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Hi,

Initial possibility would be the ignition switch. Either that or the connector of the short wires leading to the ignition switch. Would it be possible for you to check the voltages of the wires on that switch (using a DVM)? You could also try running a jumper wire from the + terminal of the battery to the same switch and try to check which ones will work. There would be at least 4 wires there, always on B+12, ACC, RUN/ON and start. Offhand my suspect wold be the wire from the ignition switch leading to the starting solenoid.

This is of course assuming that either you have disabled or does not have an alarm/security/immobilizer.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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I'm not an expert but I would guess the problem is between the ignition key and the starter. It has to be a contact point or connection that expands with the heat making it closer so a lot easier for the spark to jump over. And when cold contracts that it is far enough that there is no contact possible between the starter and your ignition switch. I would suggest you check the wires and cables starting from the ignition switch going to the starter. Check also the fuses just to be sure. Most likely it is a not so loose wire or contact point. It is loose but not so loose that it hasn't let go of the wire. Let me know if this helps.

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