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Electrical issue when starting 2000 Forester
Posted 08 July 2005 - 02:12 PM
On two occasions in the last week, i've had an issue when attempting to start my Forester. When I turn the key in the ignition, the lights/electricity flickers etc, and I lose all power. (to everything, i.e. time, radio presets etc lost).
I'll try it again a few times with no power, then I'll get partial power (radio, internal lights etc), and then I'll lose all power again. Once I opened the door, and all power came back. (until i tried to start it again)
The car either starts very easily, or doesn't turn over at all. When it doesnt turn over, the lights flicker etc and I temporarily lose all or partial power.
This has happened twice in the last week, the first time it started up with no issue after about 30 minutes and about a dozen failed attempts. The most recent time, I gave up and took a cab to work, and it started (on the 3rd attempt) later that evening. I've started it about 5 times since with no issue at all.
On both incidents, it happened after making a brief stop at a store.
I haven't installed anything or had any work done to the forester recently, the battery is about 2 years old and the alternater has never been serviced. (130K on this car)
It sounds like a short somewhere, and/or an issue with the starter. My question is, has anyone seen this issue before? My concern is that it will be difficult for a mechanic to troubleshoot if the car starts with no issue when they investigate.
Also, is this something I should let the dealership resolve?
thanks in advance,
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