Jump to content


Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse
 

Photo
- - - - -

Impreza 1998 GX won't start, possibly related to a water leak.


  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 Jdh2425

Jdh2425

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Sydney

Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:17 PM

Hi,

 

This is my first post on this forum. I tried searching and couldn't find anything regarding this topic. Sorry if it's been covered already.

 

Basically I have an old 1998 Impreza GX and have an intermittent problem with it not starting. When I turn the ignition on, power comes on the dash and the start motor makes the normal noise like it's trying to turn over, but the engine won't start. I suspect it is related to a water leak because when it rains heavily my car smells damp and this problem seems to only happen after heavy rain.

 

Once when it wouldn't start I called the NRMA, they said it was most likely an electrical issue, maybe related to the ECU. Apparently the battery was ok. The problem is that it happens intermittently. It has been sunny recently and the car has been starting fine. I have taken it to a mechanic and he said it might be the starter motor but because it's running fine now there isn't much he can do.

 

I have it booked in to see an auto electrician next week but I'm concerned I'll have to fork out hundreds of dollars and they might just give the same response as the mechanic.

 

I can clutch start the car when I have this problem.

 

Any feed back or advice would be much appreciated. Even advice regarding typical water leak areas on this model. I have temporarily sealed the top of the windscreen because it looks like the rubber has broken there.

 

Thanks so much.

 

Jess



#2 1 Lucky Texan

1 Lucky Texan

    I read a lot about Subarus

  • Members
  • 4,792 posts
  • Texas

Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:16 PM

This can sometimes be due to old, cracked plug wires or coil.

 

On a dry day, when you feel it would easily start, try misting the plug wires with water from a plant sprayer. If it fails to start - get some new wires (NGK or from the dealer - subies need specific resistance plugs and wires and it's best to stay with stock equip if possible)

 

some people do this test while idling at night and can spot blue arcing from the high voltage!


Edited by 1 Lucky Texan, 04 July 2013 - 11:17 PM.


#3 mikaleda

mikaleda

    1000+ member!

  • Members
  • 1,329 posts
  • priest lake, Idaho

Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:59 AM

Okay you need to be more clear, when your having the problem is your starter turning the engine over or not, from your description I would bet its not since you can "clutch start it" wich I'm assuming means push start it.

It sounds to me like your cylinoid is getting stuck and not engaging the the starter to the flywheel, next time this happens tap the cylinoid with a hammer and see if it works

Edited by mikaleda, 05 July 2013 - 10:01 AM.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users