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No Start - Temp Gauge High - Fuel Gauge Low - '98 Outback
Posted 23 June 2012 - 11:07 AM
It wouldn't restart. The temp gauge went high and the fuel gauge went low despite there being a full tank. The indicator lights on the dash didn't seem like they were doing their normal startup routine either. After trying it to start it a few times, I decided to check for spark. Before I did that, I noticed that the gauges went back to normal. It started right up and then shut down shortly after. Afterwards the gauges went back to haywire.
Now, the dash lights stay on after the key is removed and sometimes the AT Oil Temp light flashes after the keys are removed.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 12:05 PM
Double check the 3 large connectors bolted to the back/passenger side of the engine.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:58 PM
I think you are referring to the ones that are just behind the engine more near the bellmouth of the transmission, correct?
I didn't disconnect any of these, but maybe they got jostled in the process.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 02:17 PM
As seen on page 129.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 02:48 PM
Unplug the harness connectors, Spray them out with electronics cleaner and reconnect them, they could be loose or contacts could be dirty. Also check the main ground for the ECU where it connects to the intake manifold. It's either right on top by the ignition coil or over on the drivers side rear down low on the number 4 intake runner flange.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:31 AM
I may be totally wrong... But it's an easy thing to check/rule out.
Also, you did DOHC heads IN CAR?! Are you a masochist? Your poor back...
Posted 26 June 2012 - 02:36 PM
Turned out to be a loose ground on the intake manifold. I'm guessing I forgot to tighten it the second time I put the intake manifold back in. Thanks for all of the replies and getting me on the right track.
Now off to figure out the slight misfire issue...
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