why would 2001 outback engine just stop

20

Asked by Jun 01, 2013 at 12:09 PM about the 2001 Subaru Outback Base Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

replaced battery, replaced starter. sometimes when trying to start there is nothing, no lights
no sound. take key out, try again,  it starts...as we pull away, engine stops, no lights no
nothing. won't lock doors.
does the ground cable from battery go to the starter?

10 Answers

104,235

Double check all connections positive and ground. In the words of a wise old owl (that's on this site some where) wire brush your ground connections on frame and block.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

...use a COARSE wirebush...we ain't polishin' jewelry here, just need to get to the point. but dandyoun may be overlooking an important connection the coil pack and it's power...think there may be an ignition relay that's bein' a bastard...I am curious now, that you bring it up...see this is all educational for us out here too---like an expert would just happen to know why's the ignition shuttin' off, just like that...hold onto your hat----I'm goin' in!~

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

yes! there is a santaclaus, now if we can find it's location~

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.

okey doakie, the lower right relay in your relay box 15A is what this one says~ quite the marvel of engineering, this one.~

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

pull it out and smell it, if it smells like uncle henry's cigars, swap with an identical one from like the horn or something with identical convigurations or just go ahead and buy a replacement...they are like...not that much money.~

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
20

we'll give it a shot. thanks!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
20

Checked the relay, it's good. The ground cable is next. I'll report back. :) thanks for the help

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

regardless of what your diagnostic report says, let's begin with the basic, shall we? 1.)air 2.)fuel 3.)spark 4.)timing 5) valve timing-ooooo sounds like the prognosis is we've got air, (do we have fuel)....do we have spark?....do we have spark on time? do we have TDC resulting in ignition on the one cylinder?

was indeed hasty in blaming the ignition relay....must do a functionality test by switching it with another known good...these things do not have to want to catch fire to fail.~things are never easy, are they?

905

you may also want to check the power line that goes from the NEG battery post to UNDER the fuse box in the engine compartment next to the windshield washer container maybe it is loose or dirty

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Outback

Looking for a Used Outback in your area?

CarGurus has 26,583 nationwide Outback listings starting at $500.

ZIP:

Search Subaru Outback Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Subaru Outback Experts

#1 Markw1952
Markw1952
Reputation 5,250
#2 TheSubaruGuruBoston
TheSubaruGuruBoston
Reputation 1,580
#3 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 1,490
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Forester
291 Great Deals out of 21,654 listings starting at $1,290
Used Subaru Impreza
161 Great Deals out of 11,056 listings starting at $1,295
Used Subaru Legacy
209 Great Deals out of 15,189 listings starting at $950
Used Honda CR-V
856 Great Deals out of 63,568 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota RAV4
754 Great Deals out of 54,720 listings starting at $2,488
Used Toyota 4Runner
367 Great Deals out of 20,680 listings starting at $2,495
Used Toyota Highlander
565 Great Deals out of 22,439 listings starting at $2,944
Used Toyota Tacoma
696 Great Deals out of 31,772 listings starting at $2,750
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
908 Great Deals out of 66,009 listings starting at $300
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
44 Great Deals out of 1,112 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord
965 Great Deals out of 74,488 listings starting at $899
Used Toyota Camry
1,165 Great Deals out of 95,422 listings starting at $1,250

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Subaru Outback For Sale
18,198 listings starting at $23,920
2016 Subaru Outback For Sale
43 Great Deals out of 961 listings starting at $20,975
2015 Subaru Outback For Sale
74 Great Deals out of 1,190 listings starting at $15,000
2014 Subaru Outback For Sale
57 Great Deals out of 1,426 listings starting at $9,995
2013 Subaru Outback For Sale
40 Great Deals out of 1,003 listings starting at $9,770