Replaced radiator in 2000 Subaru Outback, now engine won't crank after starting and running once.

Asked by Oct 19, 2015 at 02:13 AM about the 2000 Subaru Outback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I replaced the radiator in my manual
transmission 2000 Subaru Outback
because it was spewing coolant due
to a huge gash in the top of the old
one.  It was running fine prior, other
than that.  When I got it all put back
together, I started it and ran it for 15-
20 minutes to make sure there were
no other leaks, and that it wasn't
overheating. All fine.  Left my hood
up, and the key in the ignition in my
driveway (I live in a safe, suburban
neighborhood). Ran inside to get
ready for work, gone maybe 20
minutes. Came back out, turned the
key:  nothing. Not even a click.  Keep
in mind the car started and ran just
fine 20 minutes prior.  

After a week or so, on my next day
off, I took the battery to get it tested.
Turns out the battery was beyond
dead, so I get a new battery, put it in,
go to start the car and it makes a
bizarre electrical popping noise and
loses all power.  It does this every
time I open and shut the door, and
take the key out and then put it back
in and turn the ignition to try to start
it. What the heck is going on?

5 Answers

83,535

Something electrical, hope you didn't cross the battery connections, must look for a short and check you main fuses.

190

I would check the ground make sure its giving good connection or loose ground to engine ....

109,175

Clean the battery terminals and like Rowe says I hope you did not reverse polarity!

83,535

One hand washes the other, hey F.o.R. Thanks...

8,020

I Hope FOR isn't correct, but I fear he is. Checkk battery polarity carefully, reinstall if necessary, then replace any blown fuses or the major one (120a?)

Your Answer:

Outback

Looking for a Used Outback in your area?

CarGurus has 41,031 nationwide Outback listings starting at $995.

ZIP:

Subaru Outback Experts

  • #1
    Markw1952
    Reputation
    10,740
  • #2
    TheSubaruGuruBoston
    Reputation
    3,920
  • #3
    F_O_R
    Reputation
    3,760
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Forester
250 Great Deals out of 33,387 listings starting at $1,400
Used Honda CR-V
574 Great Deals out of 76,814 listings starting at $1,192
Used Subaru Impreza
175 Great Deals out of 22,303 listings starting at $2,100
Used Subaru Legacy
165 Great Deals out of 11,663 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota RAV4
473 Great Deals out of 78,855 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota 4Runner
252 Great Deals out of 34,349 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota Highlander
367 Great Deals out of 51,420 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Camry
739 Great Deals out of 72,888 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Accord
540 Great Deals out of 103,313 listings starting at $950
Used Toyota Tacoma
405 Great Deals out of 47,514 listings starting at $2,994
Used Ford Escape
1,004 Great Deals out of 111,591 listings starting at $1,000
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
830 Great Deals out of 75,982 listings starting at $900

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Outback For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 30,412 listings starting at $21,844
2017 Subaru Outback For Sale
86 Great Deals out of 2,457 listings starting at $18,498
2016 Subaru Outback For Sale
38 Great Deals out of 1,361 listings starting at $11,950
2015 Subaru Outback For Sale
44 Great Deals out of 1,590 listings starting at $10,250
2014 Subaru Outback For Sale
29 Great Deals out of 965 listings starting at $7,451

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.