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Mike V., Subaru Technician
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Experience:  Certified Subaru Technician, factory trained by Subaru.
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Every once in awhile it won't start then I let it sit for a

Customer Question

Every once in awhile it won't start then I let it sit for a bit and it starts fine, seems like its flooded kind of
JA: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?
Customer: I have they are not corroded
JA: What is the model/year of your Subaru?
Customer: 1997 subaru legacy wagon
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes I would like to fix my self, haven't really tried anything, The spark plugs, wires and fuel filter I changes less than 3000 miles ago
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Mike V. replied 2 months ago.

HI there,

So the engine is cranking and not starting?

Is this happening right now?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
it's sound like everything is turning over just not fully cranking.
Expert:  Mike V. replied 2 months ago.


It sounds like it could be a problem with the mass air flow sensor.

If the engine won't start right now, try unplugging it and see if the engine will start. If it will, replace the maf sensor.

This is the sensor on the air filter box.

Please let me know.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It is starting fine right now. About once or twice a day on short drives and short stops is when the problem occurs
Expert:  Mike V. replied 2 months ago.


When the problem happens, give it a try and let me know.

It doesn't have to be right this second, but if it works, kindly rate my answer.

If not, just post here and I will get it and we can do some other testing.

Expert:  Mike V. replied 2 months ago.

Hello again,

Figured I would touch base and see if you have a chance to try the testing yet or not?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I have not. It's been pretty good the last day or so, I don't drive the car much so it might be a bit before it does it to me. I ride my bike when the weather is nice
Expert:  Mike V. replied 2 months ago.

Thanks, ***** ***** you getting back to me.