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I HAVE A1990 SUBARU LEGACY WAGON.MY STARTER IS OUT I THINK.

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I HAVE A1990 SUBARU LEGACY WAGON.MY STARTER IS OUT I THINK.PLEASE TELL ME WHAT TO TEST AND BUY IF NECCESSARY
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Your Auto Inspector replied 9 years ago.
What happens when you try to start the vehicle?
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
I THINK MY STARTER IS OUT.PLEASE TELL ME WHAT TO TEST OR DO
Expert:  Your Auto Inspector replied 9 years ago.

I would be glad to assist you. I will need some more information.

When you try to start the vehicle does it make any noise?

Does it make a single or multiple clicking noise?

 

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
when i try to start car it will not start.it has been doing this for a while.sometimes if i keep turning key it will start sometimes it wont.what should i test or do
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
the only noise it makes is like a real low single click
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
the only noise it make is a single low click everytime i turn key
Expert:  Your Auto Inspector replied 9 years ago.

One single click indicates a starter failure. The starter is getting signal, but is not engaging because the brushes inside the starter are not making a connection.

This is the test procedure per Subaru:

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Your concern is outlined in Magnet Switch Operates (clicks are issued). All of the probable causes are internal starter issues. I have included an internal diagram of the starter in case you would like to attempt to repair the internal components:

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I would recommend replacing the starter as an assembly.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to assist you.

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