so we finally got the new starter for our 98 Forester project, got it all installed, along with new front O2 sensor (got a rear one as well, but that is another issue), brand new plugs & wires (both NGK) exhaust is all hooked up, air intake is all hooked up, battery installed...turn the key - she turns over great, but doesnt fire.
it WILL fire with a quick shot of starting fluid, but then dies right away - so I am assuming spark is ok.
Pulled the cargo area covers out (and yet another issue rears it's ugly head) and opened the fuel pump access - using a multi meter - we do get a brief reading of 12 v at the fuel pump plug when the key is turned to on - but I do not hear or feel the pump kicking in at all when it is plugged in - even with the access cover off... dead pump?
with a voltage reading at the pump plug, I am guessing fuse & relay are ok - correct? so what else could it be besides a bad pump?
ok - on to the "other issues"
rear O2 sensor - were there 2 different sizes of plugs for these? Ordered from Rockauto - for the 98 Forester
1 upstream - triangular plug - fits fine, no issues installing
1 downstream - square plug - the sensor side of the plug seems way too small - will not plug in.
any thoughts on where water could be getting in to fill the drivers side rear quarter area (the space behind the rear wheel well - found this after removing all the cargo area covers to do some cleaning out) - the car is not rusty at all so I have no idea how the water got there (not to mention it hasnt rained enough in weeks here to get that much water in there! it had to have been in there when I got it back in June. Passenger side is dry as far as I can tell (cant get my fingers all the way in there to be sure)
The spare tire well also had water in it - found a missing body plug in there...under the thick rubbery lining - but - if the water couldnt get out thru that hole, how did it get in there?