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When I turn the key to start the car the dashboard lights

Customer Question

Hi, when I turn the key to start the car the dashboard lights flash but the car won't start.. the headlights work , the inside roof light blinks. Could it be the battery?
JA: Is the car in "Park" or "Neutral?" Do you know if your car has a "wheel lock" feature?
Customer: It's in park I don't believe it has wheel lock as I was able to put it in neutral.
JA: What is the model/year of your Subaru?
Customer: 2014 crosstrek
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: If it's just a battery yes. I've done nothing aside from trying to start it
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: I've had no previous issues at all.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Technicaldan replied 1 year ago.

Yes, this could be caused by the battery being discharged.

How to the headlights react as you're trying crank the engine?

Do you have access to a charger, multimeter and means of a jump start?