the battery loses its charge to where the car comes to a complete stop. garage cannot figure it out.

Asked by Sep 12, 2008 at 12:31 PM about the 2001 Subaru Legacy GT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Re: 2001 Subaru Legacy GT sedan. When battery loses its charge the battery and brake light comes on the display.  As
I'm driving Tach and speedometer will swing from zero to the driving speed back and forth.  Car will eventually
shudder and come to a complete stop.

Garage tells me there is nothing wrong with the car and the battery just needs to be charged.  They say the alternator
is fine too.  Help!!!

7 Answers

15

If it was me i would get the battery replaced anyway, you can pick them up for 20 pound. If this doesn't work then there may be short circuit on the charging system or elsewhere.

8,375

If it's starting without problem it's generally not the battery. When it dies while running it's generally the alternator. I believe your car has an internal VR so I can't point fingers there. The gauges going dead makes me think somethings going out/looseing connection... Check... Battery cables Ground strap Connections to the alternator... Make sure they are all clean and have a smoth mating surface for better contact... My guess is that something is loose... And to have all thoose problems it would have to be a ground or a voltage source from my experience. Only other thing I can figure is something is wrong with your ignition switch, so if you have the means get that checked out. Granted electrical is not my forte, but just humor me. Post back and let us know if you find anything

10,295

I agree with Adam, it does sound like you have a loose connection somewhere. Check all your battery connections Adam mentioned and also the one on the back of the starter. Also inspect the cables for signs of internal damage as well.

155

I think Adam is putting you on the right track cleaning any corrosion and looking for damaged wiring.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
45

replace the battery

7,065

I concur with the above repliers - check for a loose connection, loose ground wire or even a bad wire inside the connector itself. Secor Subaru in New London CT followed a problem back to corrosion inside the crimped connector which cause a 1 year old car not to run correctly.

your altenator is going out which is causing to drain the battery. my vehicle was doing the same thing last year and that's what it was if I was you id get that fixed asap because I didn't and my car ended up dying in the middle of a busy street during rush hour let me tell ya you don't want that to happen!!

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Legacy

Looking for a Used Legacy in your area?

CarGurus has 12,591 nationwide Legacy listings starting at $1,399.

ZIP:

Search Subaru Legacy Questions

Subaru Legacy Experts

#1 Anthony_60
Anthony_60
Reputation 1,270
#2 Nick Eidemiller
Nick Eidemiller
Reputation 720
#3 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 690
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Impreza
217 Great Deals out of 19,071 listings starting at $1,100
Used Subaru Outback
389 Great Deals out of 40,776 listings starting at $1,395
Used Subaru Forester
410 Great Deals out of 31,674 listings starting at $995
Used Honda Accord
1,027 Great Deals out of 68,831 listings starting at $1,000
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
64 Great Deals out of 1,357 listings starting at $3,500
Used Toyota Camry
1,201 Great Deals out of 84,826 listings starting at $750
Used Honda Civic
859 Great Deals out of 85,306 listings starting at $500
Used BMW 3 Series
1,002 Great Deals out of 31,190 listings starting at $975
Used Nissan Altima
1,267 Great Deals out of 75,662 listings starting at $1,695
Used Toyota Corolla
972 Great Deals out of 69,572 listings starting at $1,999
Used Honda CR-V
984 Great Deals out of 57,181 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Legacy For Sale
362 listings starting at $22,257
2017 Subaru Legacy For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 6,550 listings starting at $18,467
2016 Subaru Legacy For Sale
46 Great Deals out of 766 listings starting at $13,595
2015 Subaru Legacy For Sale
42 Great Deals out of 1,230 listings starting at $10,995
2014 Subaru Legacy For Sale
48 Great Deals out of 1,019 listings starting at $9,790

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.