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Hello, I'm having a really weird problem and having been able to pull up anything in my repair book, online or on the forum here. A lot of that has to do with not really sure how to word the searches. The temperature has started dropping and ever since it got below zero if the car has sat for a few hours while at work or over night when you go to start it (pressing the brake, turning the key) nothing happens, no crank, no start, nothing. If you let go of the brake and turn the key it starts up. Drive five minutes, turn off the car, go into a store or something and when you come back the car starts fine with pressing the brake. The other morning I tried not pressing the brake when starting the first time of the day and nothing happened. Tried with brake and nothing happened. Without brake, nothing. Moved the gear shifter through the gears a few times and nothing. This may have been a coincidence and may not have started if I did my usual first try with the brake. My wife tried a couple hours later in the morning and it started up fine. On occassion you have to use your foot to raise the brake to get it to start. About 1/3 to 1/2 of the times when it starts it kind of half dies before fully starting. I'm thinking it's the neutral safety switch but the brake thing and the starter being weird on occassion is throwing me off. As I said it only started once the temperature dropped. This has happened on a couple occassions since we bought the car three years ago, maybe once or twice in a winter but never constantly. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance for any help. If there's a previous topic I missed my apologies! Edit: It's a 2001 Legacy.
My son and his 95 Legacy 2.2 auto wagon, AWD, are in New Hampshire. The car sat for a few weeks and battery is now dead. But worse, the brake pedal will not depress. He says when he steps on the pedal, it will wiggle side to side with a little play, like you'd expect, but as for pushing down.... it's like if you put a brick on the floor and stepped on it... it does not push down at all. This happened once before, when a tow truck driver dropped off the car... he ended up leaving it in neutral, because the brake pedal was stuck and he could not shift the car into park. When my son got in later, the pedal moved as normal. In both occurrences, the outside temperature was warm to hot... so nothing is freezing due to cold, as indicated in other threads. Is this a failure of the master cylinder? I can't think of anything else that would mechanically stop the pedal from moving. Ideas? We are going up this weekend, and I should be able to do some repairs..... Thanks! Mike