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2006 Forester Not Starting

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#1 The Dude

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:48 PM

2006 Forester AT, NA (non-turbo) w/ 110,000 miles. I turned the key in the ignition and I heard the starter motor whirling away and the motor turning, but the car doesn't start. I originallly thought the starter was bad, but the motor is turning.

It looks like I have a day of troubleshooting ahead of me tomorrow, if the rain holds off.

Edited by The Dude, 27 November 2011 - 05:36 PM.

#2 lmdew



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Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:54 PM

The newest I've worked on is a 2002, but I don't think much has changed.

Pop the hood, on the drivers side on the back of the engine you will see the starter bolted to the transmission bell housing. You can follow the positive battery cable if you need to.

The soleniod is part of the starter, the round cylinder on the top. You can tap it a bit while someone tries to start the car. Make sure your off to the side and it's in park or neutral with the brake set.

It's not to hard to pull off:
Disconnect the Negative and the Positive terminals on the battery
Disconnect the Positive from the starter
Disconnect the start wire plug from the back of the starter
Remove the bottom nut
Remove the top bolt
Pull the starter out.

You can then bench check it or have it checked.

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