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    synthius2002
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    Default 1997 Subaru Outback Wagon - More failure to start

    I've got a failure to start problem that I'm sure is not the solenoid
    or battery with my
    '97 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon.

    There was a rare intermittent problem for some time where I turn the
    key, there are a few clunk
    noises, and nothing happens. I would wait a few seconds and try again.
    Once about a week ago
    I had to wait a long time. I know there are a lot of safety interlock
    things. I've assumed that
    this is what the noises are. Most of them are behind the dashboard,
    but sometimes there would
    be a noise coming from behind me.

    Now I might get a halfhearted crank or two, but the clicking noise is
    cycling at about
    10 times per second, which sounds nasty. I thought it might be related
    to the cold, but today
    I tried it again and the temp was above freezing.

    I'm pretty sure it is a control/computer issue. A few months ago I
    suspected that the
    airconditioning came on by itself, which guys in another group said
    they dealt with by
    taking fuses out.

    I'd like advice on dealing with car computer problems, which I have
    very little experience with.

    Also, there was another guy here earlier in the month with trouble
    starting, and I wonder if his
    problem is like mine.

    Nils K. Hammer

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    nobody >
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    Default 1997 Subaru Outback Wagon - More failure to start

    synthius2002..........m wrote:
    > I've got a failure to start problem that I'm sure is not the solenoid
    > or battery with my
    > '97 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon.
    >
    > There was a rare intermittent problem for some time where I turn the
    > key, there are a few clunk
    > noises, and nothing happens. I would wait a few seconds and try again.
    > Once about a week ago
    > I had to wait a long time. I know there are a lot of safety interlock
    > things. I've assumed that
    > this is what the noises are. Most of them are behind the dashboard,
    > but sometimes there would
    > be a noise coming from behind me.
    >
    > Now I might get a halfhearted crank or two, but the clicking noise is
    > cycling at about
    > 10 times per second, which sounds nasty. I thought it might be related
    > to the cold, but today
    > I tried it again and the temp was above freezing.
    >
    > I'm pretty sure it is a control/computer issue. A few months ago I
    > suspected that the
    > airconditioning came on by itself, which guys in another group said
    > they dealt with by
    > taking fuses out.
    >
    > I'd like advice on dealing with car computer problems, which I have
    > very little experience with.
    >
    > Also, there was another guy here earlier in the month with trouble
    > starting, and I wonder if his
    > problem is like mine.
    >
    > Nils K. Hammer


    Even if the computer system is possibly at fault, go for the "simple
    things" first. those are far more probable.

    1) Have the battery "load tested" at an AutoZone or similar shop. A weak
    battery can do exactly this. If you can't get to a shop, get a friend
    with heavy jumper cables give you a jump start. If the symptoms go away,
    you need a battery!

    2) Check that the battery cables are in good shape, especially the (-)
    negative cable.

    3) The starter solenoid could be weak.

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    Carl 1 Lucky Texan
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    Default 1997 Subaru Outback Wagon - More failure to start

    nobody > wrote:
    > synthius2002..........m wrote:
    >> I've got a failure to start problem that I'm sure is not the solenoid
    >> or battery with my
    >> '97 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon.
    >>
    >> There was a rare intermittent problem for some time where I turn the
    >> key, there are a few clunk
    >> noises, and nothing happens. I would wait a few seconds and try again.
    >> Once about a week ago
    >> I had to wait a long time. I know there are a lot of safety interlock
    >> things. I've assumed that
    >> this is what the noises are. Most of them are behind the dashboard,
    >> but sometimes there would
    >> be a noise coming from behind me.
    >>
    >> Now I might get a halfhearted crank or two, but the clicking noise is
    >> cycling at about
    >> 10 times per second, which sounds nasty. I thought it might be related
    >> to the cold, but today
    >> I tried it again and the temp was above freezing.
    >>
    >> I'm pretty sure it is a control/computer issue. A few months ago I
    >> suspected that the
    >> airconditioning came on by itself, which guys in another group said
    >> they dealt with by
    >> taking fuses out.
    >>
    >> I'd like advice on dealing with car computer problems, which I have
    >> very little experience with.
    >>
    >> Also, there was another guy here earlier in the month with trouble
    >> starting, and I wonder if his
    >> problem is like mine.
    >>
    >> Nils K. Hammer

    >
    >
    > Even if the computer system is possibly at fault, go for the "simple
    > things" first. those are far more probable.
    >
    > 1) Have the battery "load tested" at an AutoZone or similar shop. A weak
    > battery can do exactly this. If you can't get to a shop, get a friend
    > with heavy jumper cables give you a jump start. If the symptoms go away,
    > you need a battery!
    >
    > 2) Check that the battery cables are in good shape, especially the (-)
    > negative cable.
    >
    > 3) The starter solenoid could be weak.


    If this is an auto - try starting in neutral. maybe the safety switch is
    bad?

    Carl

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