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How hard is it to replace the starter on 99 outback?


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#1 annagirl

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 11:23 PM

Today I found out my 99 outback needs a new starter at the cost of $433.50 said the dealer. Anyway, I am pursuing other options...$95 starter for auto part store...husband and neighbor installing it. My question: Is it hard to get to the starter and difficult to do on your own? I plan on buying my car's manual tomorrow as well.

#2 WJM

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 11:27 PM

starter is one of the easyest things to do on a subie.

#3 DerFahrer

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 12:36 AM

I can remove and replace the starter on my 91 Legacy in 20 minutes.

#4 Ratty2Austin

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 02:24 AM

I work at the dealer.. and have seen all the subaru modles.... the starters are all in the same spot! (this is the easy part)

2 bolts hold the starter to the tranny.. one more holds the batt cable to the starter, and one clip-on wire for the solenoid! viola! its off! now put the new starter in its place!!

(remember to disconnect the ground terminal at the battery unless you have plastic wrenches :-p )

on the 99 OB, there might be the airbox housing in the way on that.. i have not actually replaced the starter but it is a very easy task-

you should only need- a 10mm, 12mm and a 14mm wrench for this...

good luck! :banana:

#5 frag

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 09:31 AM

Today I found out my 99 outback needs a new starter at the cost of $433.50 said the dealer. Anyway, I am pursuing other options...$95 starter for auto part store...husband and neighbor installing it. My question: Is it hard to get to the starter and difficult to do on your own? I plan on buying my car's manual tomorrow as well.


How do you know you need a new starter ? Your car seems a little too young for that. Most of the time, when the starter does'nt spin but clicks it's the solenoids inner contacts fault. Very easy to replace and much cheaper. Only a few dollars for the L contacts.
If you make a search on this BB with «solenoid contacts» for key words, you'll find lots of information on how to do it.
Good luck!




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