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It runs fine, when you shut it off and try to restart it, it

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It runs fine, when you shut it off and try to restart it, it turns over like the battery is low on power Even though it cranked over 3 minutes ago and started and ran fine like there was no loss of power from battery
JA: How old is the battery? And have you tested it with a voltmeter?
Customer: Brand new batt yeaterday Ran fine all day today about 50 miles of driving all day no problems
JA: What is the model of your '50 Subaru?
Customer: Stopped and started car 15 times It's a 98 legacy wagon manual transmission
JA: Are you fixing your Legacy yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I'm fixing myself. I put batt in yesterday brand new
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: It has to be something with the starter draining power from the battery or the starter solenoid or something
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

Hi Im David, thanks for visiting the site. check the battery voltage while cranking the engine. let me know what it drops to.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I do not have a meter at the moment
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
It is odd. I drove it all day just fine, came home, accidentally stalled it parking and it would t restart
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
It then cranked over like it was low on batt power. After just running fine, and running all day
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

and this is the first time you've had this issue.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
first time it has done this. Like I said, new batt yesterday.
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

ok. make sure both terminals are very tight on the battery.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Did that
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

see if you can follow the negative cable from the battery to where it bolts to the engine. make sure thats clean and tight.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Checked that as well.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
It's weird, I let it sit for an hour after it wouldn't restart after stalled and started just fine after sitting an hour to an hour and a half. Like batt was fully charged, no power or running issues.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I let it run for 5 min in place, idled and ran fine, went to shit it off and restart. Car acted like batt was low on power when trying to restart
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

we need to see if the starter is putting too much of a draw. we need a meter.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Okay and I unfortunately do not have one handy
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Auto stores closed too
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I wonder if solenoid is bad and drawing power
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
But it's alarming that after sitting a long time, it starts as if there were never a problem with it
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

it could be ignition component related. check engine light on when running?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No check engine light. No batt light
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

wonder if starter is overheating, then once cooled down it ok

Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

we really need a meter to go any further. we can sit here and theorize all night.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I doubt it, the car cooled all the way down, restarted for a few minutes and didn't get to operating temp, I shut it off then batt acted low
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Very true. Well I guess I am out of luck until tomorrow
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
One last thing.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
After letting it sit for 30 mins, it still didn't start, but cranked harder as if the battery weren't charged enough to start it but cranked way harder than had I tried to restart it after just shutting it off. If that makes sense the way I said it
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Any last thoughts?
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I just went out to car, didn't start. Batt seemed drained agin. I put a jumper pack to it and it started right up
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I ran it 30 seconds, shut it off, car didn't crank at all. Hooked up jumper pack, cranked right over and fired right up again...
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
definitely starter related I'm assuming, whether relay or ignition switch

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