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Troubleshooting .78 amp Battery Drain - 2006 Subaru Legacy Outback


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#51 subaruneedpdf

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 03:18 PM

Also is there a regulator on the battery/alternator, I assume there is but could not find it.

 

On another car I used to own, regulators were a common problem and if your battery drained it was a good idea to ''feel'' the regulator to see if it was warm.

If warm, it was broken.

Not sure if it is the same setup on a Subaru, but most probably is.

From what I am told the alternators are pretty sturdy and do not die too easily, always pays to check the regulator first.

 

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Edited by subaruneedpdf, 11 December 2013 - 03:21 PM.


#52 Fairtax4me

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 04:08 PM

Let it idle on its own until the radiator fans kick on and off once. Stop the engine, wait about 30 minutes (wait an hour if its a really hot day), then restart, let it idle about 5 minutes or until the fans come on again, then go for a short drive. It's best if you can get up to about 50-55 mph, but not necessary.

This method works for almost every car I've worked on to get the ECU to learn idle and driving air/fuel settings. It also relearns spark timing, and transmission shift points if you have an automagic.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 08:32 AM

I see many people posting at times saying after a new battery the car will stall.
This happens to me everytime I disconnect the terminals as it must reset the computer.

This could mean the ECU has been operating at its limit of ability to adjust the car's A:F ratio, and timing. Which means you may have some bad sensor, a vacuum leak, an exhaust leak, bad knock sensor or other issue.

And the current regulator is inside the alt.

Edited by 1 Lucky Texan, 12 December 2013 - 08:33 AM.





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