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1989 subaru gl 2wd auto trans Intermittantly won't start, just clicks, upon jump start car will started ok for a few days then same thing again, battery ok, new starter assembly installed 6 weeks ago, started ok until a couple of days ago then same thing, ???

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  • evanlis Aug 13, 2008

    engine dosn't turn over,instead something makes a clicking sound, either starter selenoid, which was changed with the new starter, or possibly a start relay,(if one is used on this model) or something else ??

    any suggestions ???



    thanks,



    eb

  • evanlis Aug 13, 2008

    1989 subaru gl 2wd auto trans
    Intermittantly engine won't turn over. just makes a clicking noise coming from somewhere
    below the starter, Upon jump starting car runs fine, starts ok etc. after a couple of days same thing. changed starter including selenoid 6 weeks ago, ok until a couple of days ago, now doing the same thing, New battery,
    charging system ok,

    My son thinks it's heat related, because It only does it after car has been run for awhile
    Any suggestions,

  • evanlis Aug 13, 2008

    battery is new, charging system is good,
    starter and selenoid are new, still intermittent starting problem, engine won't turn over, instead makes clicking sound eminating from somewhere near the starter,

    car turns over immediatly upon jump starting,
    or using battery charger on start mode
    but won't start using auxillary battery ??

    ofter sjump starting car will then start and will be ok for a few days before problem crops up again ??

  • evanlis Aug 13, 2008

    this problem is intermittant

    could it have something to do with a component in the start system, selenoid, start relay, starter, and connectors in the system


    temperature gauge stays in the middle of
    range which indicates to me car isn't overheating,
    Does this model of car have a start relay AND a start selenoid ? If it does have a start relay where is it located,

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    no start at all new battery but ran for about 3 days. battery run down. i took alternator in to be tested it failed changed out still no start at all

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    won't turn over once in a while, no grinding, no clicking, after 5-10 minutes starts right up, 2 new starters so far....

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    car wont start

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Go to this website starting problems
http://www.samarins.com/diagnose/index.html

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With the car running, disconnect the battery cables, if the car stalls its the alternator. If the car don't stall its the battery

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Sir, i dont know on what basis u say that battery is ok.. because u r saying that when u use jumper the engine starts.. so to me it looks like a battery problem... so to cross check get ur friends battery replace it with urs and give it a try... if it starts at the first attempt then, to again cross check ur battery put ur battery in ur friends car and start his engine...

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Hi..
Your problem can be a Damaged battery not holding the Charge.
Some times the battery come too hot and loss power or come in weak power.
It can be a bad connections, Including bad contact of the ground.
In some cases bad IGNITION SWITCH. or WEAK.
Check the Clucth neutro switch. or Neautro safettly switch.
Get the battery Checked at Any AUTOPARTS, whit a DIGITAL Battry tester. because this kind of Tester will give you a BAD CELL or NOT. The exatly AMP. The PEAK power and weak power.

OK. I hope this help to diagnostic your problem...

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  • Juan Guillen Aug 13, 2008

    On Subaru GL. is equipaded only with the Starter Selenoid relay. Atached to the Starter assemble.



    I recomend Make a BY PASS on the NEUTRO SAFETTLY SWITCH. On top of the Trans. on the Gear selector lever.

    when the car is Unable to star.

    This step is to diagnostic the Neutro Safettly switch.

    The Wires you need to BY pass are: BLACK/YELLOW with BLACK/WHITE.

    If the Car start OK. replace the Neutro safettly switch.



    But If NOT. Remove the Steering wheel covers to get Axces

    to the Ignition SWITCH. And Make a BY PASS in the WIRES.

    BLACK/YELLOW(BLACK/WHITE) with The WHITE wire.

    With the Switch in ON Position.

    IF the CAR start OK. Replace the Ignition switch.

    If the car DON'T start. Check the RESSISTANCE of the WHITE Wire. If the ressistance is Too high Replace the Withe WIre.

    THat is POWER 12v all time.



    OK.. I hope this help.

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Yes this can also be realated to heating problem, because if your car is having this problem after a few hours of running then when the temperature is high and you stop, this problem will really arise , so just to make sure its not a heating problem check also or have the radiator clean to amke sure no clog on it then check also the water pump..

Good luck......

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Hi,

Initially, suspect would be the battery, might have one of the cells already weak and therefore intermittent capacity. Have it recharge externally and checked. Alternately, measure the voltage across the battery terminals when starting/cranking, it should still be between 10~12 volts, if not then it may be time for a new battery.

Additionally, have your alternator checked, it maybe that the battery is OK but your alternator is not re-charging or undercharging it when the engine is running. While doing so, it may also be to your advantage to check the alternator wiring and the fusible link from the battery + terminal (not the big cable going to the starter but the smaller one going to the harness or the main fuse box).

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

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    Louie Role Aug 13, 2008

    Did you check the fusible link?

  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Aug 13, 2008

    Pls check the battery terminals themselves and how the cables are attached/connected to it. The same goes true for the connector of the fusible link before going into the main harness. Another to check would be the fuse box, the connectors and the relays.

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If battery is ok and new starter installed then the problem would be your spark plugs or your fuel pump...If It's not getting fuel to the carb make sure there is pressure in the needle valve on the fuel regulator.

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    Paulito Manuel Aug 13, 2008


    • Check Your Fuses:
      Few cars have a fuse associated with the starting system, but before
      you go monkeying around with everything, check your fuses to be sure
      it's not that simple.


    • Battery Corrosion: Over time your battery
      connections can become dirty, or corroded. This corrosion breaks the
      connection your battery has with the rest of the car, and it won't
      start. Try cleaning your battery posts and try to start the car again.



    • Dead Battery: The most common reason your car won't
      start is a dead battery. If you have a battery tester that can measure
      cranking amps, test your battery to see if it's weak. If you can't test
      it yourself, you can test the battery indirectly by jump-starting the car. If it starts right away, your problem is most likely a dead battery. Replace the battery, and clean the battery connections to ensure good contact.
    Bad Ignition Switch: If your battery checks out, but the starter
    is still silent, it may be a faulty ignition switch. Turn the key to
    the on position (not all the way to start). If the red warning lights
    on your dash don't light up (and your battery connections are clean),
    the ignition switch is bad. If they do light up, turn the key to the
    start position. The dash warning lights should turn off at this key
    position (most cars). If you're not sure, turn on the headlights. When
    you try to start the car, the lights should either dim (a lot) or turn
    off completely. If they do, your ignition switch should be ok. If not,
    the switch will need replacement.

    Bad Starter Connection: Corrosion can not only keep your battery
    from connecting, it can affect any electrical component, especially the
    ones exposed to the elements like the starter. If you have a helper,
    you can test the connection by holding a circuit tester lead on the
    wire that engages the starter. This is the smaller of the two wires
    connected to the starter.


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