EDIT - It started and ran, seems like things are back to normal!
My 97 Outback cranks but won’t start. Can anyone suggest the most efficient way to proceed with troubleshooting and fixing it? I do not have a lot of experience wrenching but I have done basic maintenance and some replacement of parts.
The battery was low but has been charged. I removed the cover from the fuel pump and I can hear it prime when the key is turned, but I haven’t verified that it is pumping. I cannot smell any unburnt fuel smell from the tailpipe. So, at this point I am pretty confident the fuel pump has power, but that’s about it. I did check for codes with an OBDII scanner and found none.
Link to short video showing crank but no start:
History of the car: This car has been very reliable with no starting issues previously. It is our “third car” so it does sit for a few weeks at a time occasionally. The last time it ran, it started right up for a trip to donate some furniture after sitting for at least two weeks. No problems starting or running at that time. The next time I tried to start it, the battery was low enough that it didn’t start. I charged the battery up, it cranks and tries to start but won’t start and run. I tried jumping it with another running car, same result.
Edited by outback_97, 14 November 2013 - 06:10 PM.