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engine just stops while going down the road.

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I drive a 2005 outback  its got 197000 miles on it. Within the past 12 months, there have been three times when the engine just straight up stopped and the car shut down. I had bumped the gear into neutral   Once while driving down the highway at about 65 or so miles an hour I had bumped the gear into neutral and it stopped.  I was able to use the breaks and pull to the side, stopped and started the car again.  I drove the rest of my way with no problem. That was last Jan or Feb.  Then in November, the engine stopped when I turned off a highway.  there seemed to be a bump in the road but nothing that happened in the car.  A third time this happened in December.  There was a rattling sound so I jiggled my leys with the back of my hand and the engine stopped and car shutoff.  I was again able to pull over, stop and start the car with no issue.  

Has anything like this happened to anybody else? Is this a concern or just some flukes from bumping into neutral and rattling the keys?

 

I'm not too worried I'll just be sure not to bump anything again I guess. 
 

Thanks. 

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Since this is a random problem, I think I would swap the Ignition Switch first. 26 bucks at RockAuto, why not.

The problem could be anything, like the Main relay, or a corroded contact in a plug somewhere and to find that would take some time.

05 Outback ign sw.jpg

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There is a Recall in europe on the fuel pump connector for the 2003 - 2009 legacy/outback series!

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Fuel pump would give a dying engine and loss of power feeling before stalling out. It doesn’t give a direct engine cut feeling/situation. 

I’d also be checking earth points, make sure they’re all clean and solid. 

Cheers 

Bennie

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