1993 have a subaru legacy it sat for 3 yrs trying to get it running again. New battery and starter wont start not even clicking

Sally Brooks

Asked by Mar 08, 2016 at 09:22 AM about the 1993 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr L AWD Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

trying to start our subutaru it has been sitting for 3 yrs.  Put a new battery and
starter in it wont start not even any clicking.  Can you help please

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Clean all battery cable connections, ground especially. Should drain the old gas out unless you had some Stable in the gas.

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Good suggestion above. You need to check all the grounds in the engine bay, especially from the body to the engine/trans because that's how the starter works. But if you aren't getting a solid click (the starter drive popping out-in) then idk if the ground is your issue yet. Do the lights come on (CEL / OIL / etc) when you turn the key to ON? Take off the oil filler cap and make sure it doesn't smell like fuel (in case it is hydrolocked). After 3 years it might be good to go ahead and change the filter and oil anyway. Check your fuses. You might also buy a repair manual to diagnose the ignition circuit.


Why'd you replace the starter? Did you test it? Small chance its solenoid is no good, or the accessible contacts aren't installed correctly? I doubt the motor is locked up. Can't remember if there's a starter relay (IGN) in the circuit....

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Any update sillysally?

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