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99 Subaru Forester won't start. Lights and all accessories

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Customer: 99 Subaru Forester won't...
Customer: 99 Subaru Forester won't start. Lights and all accessories work, battery replaced 1.5 years ago. Everything dims when turning key, no clicking from starter area. Bypassed ignition switch and battery cable with jumper wire still not turning over.
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Customer: 99 Forester manual transmission 2.5L engine replaced 7 years and 86k miles ago
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Subaru Mechanic: Gary, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago
Gary
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Hi there,

Have you jumpered 12 volts to the solenoid tag and the starter makes no sound, correct?

If that is the case, your solenoid is faulty.

If the solenoid does engage, then can you turn the engine by hand with a breaker bar and socket?

Gary

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
nope. but lights dim as if there is a load when key is turned.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
car is not handy to try
Subaru Mechanic: Gary, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

Ok, when you get a chance, can you remove the solenoid wire and jumper 12v to the solenoid tag.

Engine should then crank without starting, if key off.

Engine should start if key on.

Can you then measure the voltage at the starter solenoid tag while in the crank position?

Gary

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
will try tomorrow
Subaru Mechanic: Gary, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

Ok, I'll hear from you when you are ready.

Gary

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