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2001 Subaru Outback I am getting a brake and battery light on. And sometimes the engine shutters at take off. THX.

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  • heatheraroy Oct 21, 2008

    I am having the exact same problem. Started yesterday and I had the battery replaced this morning. The lights are still on. Perhaps it is the alternator? Have you found anything out about yours?

  • johnson_ae Jan 18, 2009

    I am having the same problem and had the alternator replaced but it is still continuing


  • Cyclone3 Feb 05, 2009

    It started with the brake light coming on intermittently; usually in frigid temperatures. I went to the dealership to have it checked and they couldn't fix it (for less than $1500 brake job, all wheels; yeah, right!). Next thing the engine sounds funny on take-off and then quits. The only levels looking low were radiator (yet, no leaks determined - including no dampness under passenger-side mat or milkiness to engine oil). I topped the radiator fluid and ran it to ensure no air bubbles in cooling system; next thing I know the battery light is now ON, and the power steering isn't working. Any ideas?


  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2009

    I have a 2000 Outback, brake and battery dash lights on. Strange engine noise at acceleration and strange electrical burning smell. Power steering seems in need of some power as well



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I had this same problem, I replaced both idler pulleys on my 2002 H6 sedan, this solved the problem, also the power steering pump onn these cars starts to go out after 80,000 or so. I would look at the belt and the two idler pulleys, if either of them have excessive play(ie-belt looks like it wiggles or moves back and forth at all, while traveling over the idler pulleys-2 on H6, one is a belt tensioner) replace immediatley.

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