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Interesting Starting Problem on my 1997 Legacy GT 2.5 Wagon
Posted 06 July 2004 - 10:11 PM
About a month ago I started having a problem starting my Subaru when cold (undriven). When I turned the key, I would just hear a *click* or two, and then it would start up fine. Thought it was just a corroded battery cable clamp, but they were nice and shiny (I cleaned them anyway). It progressively got worse to where it would be up to 10 clicks before it would start. After I started the car, it would start just fine unless I left it unstarted for several hours.
About two weeks ago I took my wagon in for it's 60,000 maintenance/servicing. It's a manual tranny if that matters. I was thinking that it was a starter related issue, and told the dealer to check it out while they had the car for servicing. They were unable to reproduce the starting problem, but thought it was the starter, too. I was going to bring it to them the next week, and leave it overnight, so that it would be difficult to start, and they could figure it out easier.
Here's where it gets interesting. It never gave me a problem starting again (at all), until yesterday. Now it's back to up to 10 clicks before it starts. Why would a regular servicing make the problem completely disappear for two weeks, if it was a starter problem. It sounds like an electrical problem of some sort, am I wrong? Could it be a spark plug wire issue? I know that they did NOT put on a new set of wires with the new spark plugs. Has anyone had this issue before? I couldn't quite find the same thing while reading through the forums...
Thanks for any help or direction on this,
Posted 06 July 2004 - 11:34 PM
It could also be battery cables or connectors but since you said you serviced them, and starter switches are less common problems.
Look up solenoid contacts in the archives.
Posted 07 July 2004 - 11:53 AM
I have a 97 OB. 400k km (as of yesterday). So far, no starter issues (knock wood).
Posted 07 July 2004 - 05:30 PM
Posted 07 July 2004 - 07:07 PM
A search on this forum «starter contacs will give you precise info on that topic.
Posted 08 July 2004 - 07:16 PM
Posted 12 July 2004 - 10:15 PM
Turned out to be the contacts in the starter. After some work to get the starter out, I opened it up and the contacts were sure enough all chewed up. Just a short trip to the auto electric shop, and $10 later, the GT is up and starting beautifully again.
Now I can wait for the head gasket to blow...
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