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Posted 04 October 2004 - 09:04 AM
I bought a 1996 Subaru Legacy a week ago. It has 118k miles on it. The car runs smooth. A couple of days after I bought it the check engine light went ON. The I started having starting porblems.
The engine cranks but does not start. If I try to start again the same thing happens. After a couple of trys it fails to crank too. All I could hear is the "tak" sound. (I guess the battery gets discharged) I give it some time and then I try it starts (sometimes in neutral) This happens once in a while and there is no pattern to it. After a car wash it would not crank too. It just gave me the "tak" noise. I put it to neutral and it started after repeated tries. The battery is new and the headlights were working fine when I couldn't start.
Can anyone help me?
Posted 04 October 2004 - 09:38 AM
Get the codes from the check engine light. Since it won't start, you can't drive it to AutoZone to get the codes read, but I think they will loan the scan tool for a deposit. Get back to the board with the codes.
Check for spark and fuel. An internet search should produce some basic automotive trouble shooting sites. Remove a plug and see if it's wet with fuel. Hold a plug wire about a 1/4" from ground and crank. Don't put the wire against your tounge like you're testing a 9 volt radio battery.
The car wash part suggests you have bad ignition wires, coil or some other electrical problem. When it is running, mist the ignition components in a dark area and look for arcing.
Good luck and get back.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 12:54 PM
Thanx for the quick reply
Posted 04 October 2004 - 02:40 PM
Another common probem is contacts in the starter. Your car is of that age where it seems to happen.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 08:50 PM
Posted 05 October 2004 - 08:03 AM
Posted 05 October 2004 - 12:27 PM
If the starter is intermitant and the connections an leads have been checked for a problem then you most likely have some bad solenoid contacts in the starter as was suggested by Commuter. These can be replaced for less than $10 in parts costs.
Posted 09 October 2004 - 02:36 PM
I was able to get it to pep boys and the code it generated was P115 - engine coolant temperature sensor. Would that help in anyway to solve the problem?
Yes, it should. At least it helped for me with the same symptoms of (not) starting.
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