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Electrical Problem with 1999 Subaru Legacy

I'm having an electrical problem with my 1999 Subaru Legacy. It will only start when I jump it with another vehicle. I rrecently eplaced the battery with a brand new battery. It started then but it won't hold a charge overnight. The alternator is putting out 13.3 to 13.5 when it's running. What should I check next?

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  • KMHamm Nov 16, 2008

    11-16-08. 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback. Noticed lights were dim when I first started the car but brightened as I drove. Seemed like it must be a battery, which was old. Bought a new one. Next day, car didn't start after driving maybe 3 miles. Bolt-on connector at the top of the alternator showed damage. Plastic cap on top was white and the wires were fragile. Probably heat damage? Is the alternator the fault for this?

  • lendplace Feb 15, 2009

    I have kind of the same problem. when the car dies must be started with a another vehicle and then it will run for about 3 weeks we have replaced the battery cables, starter, and alternator still have the problem next I am looking at the battery. Have heard an answer that says check grounds where are they

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Hi there, your alternator is not putting out enough, subbies should put out about 14.4v and just after starting should put out 40-60amps. charge the batt that is in it now with a small (3.5-6amp) charger overnight then start the car and LOAD TEST the batt and alternator at a battery shop. ask them to put a carbon pile load tester on your system. im pretty sure they're gonna tell you its the alternator. many thanks, hope this helps!

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