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My 1999 subaru forester...

My 1999 subaru forester was running fine. tried to start it in very cold conditions, battery cranked, engine turned over but died after 12-15 seconds tried repeatedly - same result,

Mechanic's Assistant: Does the engine spark at all? Is there a trouble code or is your "check engine light" on?

Yes engine comes on, didn't notice check engine light

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Forester yourself? What have you tried so far?

Im going to have to have a mobile mechanic come probably. One point though, a year ago I had a similar problem and a friend checked it and the vacuum hose had come loose. I havent checked under the hood yet. could this be the problem?

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Not that i can think of

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Subaru
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With a battery dying that quickly I would think you have a battery issue, have you tried jumping it or getting the battery checked?

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