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My 1998 Subaru won't start. Done this twice now. Got it

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Hi my 1998 Subaru won't start. Done this twice now. Got it going the first time by recharging the battery.
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery?
Customer: The immobiliser whoop whoops constantly and gets weaker and weaker
JA: What is the model of your '98 Subaru?
Customer: Forester limited
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Just to put the battery on charge and yes we'd like to fix ourselves if possible
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: The engine is turning but not real well
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Australia Car
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

If the battery is dying while the car is sitting then the problem is either the battery itself or you have a draw. It would be a good idea to have the battery load tested if it hasn't already been done so or the battery wasn't replaced in an attempt to fix this problem already.

If the battery is good then you have something drawing current while the vehicle sits. An ignition off draw test will need to be done to further diagnose a draw. An ammeter needs to be set up between a disconnected battery cable and it's post, after a few minutes if the current flow is more than 40 mA then there is cause for concern. At that point you'd need to remove fuses one at a time while watching for the draw to drop and then components on that circuit can be concentrated on.

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