2003 outback 2.5 at times does not start when hot.

Asked by Aug 11, 2017 at 03:04 PM about the 2003 Subaru Outback Base Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I can hear Solinoid clicking and when you tap starter it starts right up. Have
tried 3 new starters and the third was from Subaru dealer. Same result each
time.

6 Answers

85,895

Make sure the battery cable is not eaten up by corrosion, clean and tighten the battery connections and make sure your battery is in good condition. Have the battery and alternator tested.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Guess I forgot to say both batt cables clean and secure as well as grounds. alternater and batt are new. been fighting this for a while

tomorrow I will check voltage going to start solenoid

1,075

maybe you have a bad starter relay

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
3,230

Yeah I was also going to say starter relay. All good suggestions to check. With age of this vehicle, you need to do voltage drop on all wires going to and from battery, starter, alternator and all grounds.

6,120

I'd double-check ground wire from engine. I've oftenb replaced the skimpy brass double-ring positive battery terminal with a solid $2 universal one, as once one of the two skinny rings cracks...or they erode away...current is limited. Note that will NOT see a voltage drop, but just current-limiting under high demand (starting).

Your Answer

Outback

Looking for a Used Outback in your area?

CarGurus has 36,081 nationwide Outback listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:

Subaru Outback Experts

  • #1
    Markw1952
    Reputation
    8,690
  • #2
    F_O_R
    Reputation
    2,890
  • #2
    TheSubaruGuruBoston
    Reputation
    2,890
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Forester
393 Great Deals out of 38,371 listings starting at $1,000
Used Subaru Legacy
221 Great Deals out of 15,087 listings starting at $1,795
Used Subaru Impreza
206 Great Deals out of 22,413 listings starting at $1,505
Used Honda CR-V
883 Great Deals out of 58,795 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota RAV4
829 Great Deals out of 51,664 listings starting at $1,600
Used Toyota 4Runner
348 Great Deals out of 26,254 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Highlander
598 Great Deals out of 36,226 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota Tacoma
701 Great Deals out of 45,171 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Camry
1,098 Great Deals out of 86,334 listings starting at $800
Used Honda Pilot
683 Great Deals out of 40,692 listings starting at $998
Used Honda Accord
1,117 Great Deals out of 72,446 listings starting at $1,100
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,062 Great Deals out of 71,979 listings starting at $1,195
Used Ford Escape
1,250 Great Deals out of 103,202 listings starting at $1,200

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Outback For Sale
23,762 listings starting at $23,164
2017 Subaru Outback For Sale
47 Great Deals out of 3,292 listings starting at $19,995
2016 Subaru Outback For Sale
66 Great Deals out of 1,409 listings starting at $14,963
2015 Subaru Outback For Sale
85 Great Deals out of 1,946 listings starting at $9,500
2014 Subaru Outback For Sale
51 Great Deals out of 1,120 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.