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92 Legacy Ignition Problem
09-18-2016, 10:46 PM
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92 Legacy Ignition Problem
Mother in laws Legacy wont start. About two weeks ago the car wouldn't start had a loose positive connection at positive terminal of battery. Been running fine up until today, she was going up the driveway and car just stopped running, There is no head lights, no dash lights, no cranking or clicking terminals are tight both ground wires are tight and clean and no hazard lights.
when key is in ignition you can hear the door chime and the seat belt moves, I checked all the fuses. I have never worked on a Subaru except when I tighten the positive terminal , I am just guessing it probably the Ignition Switch but wanted to asked some experts
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09-19-2016, 12:54 AM
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RE: 92 Legacy Ignition Problem
Not rocket science for basic electricity. Try something easy. If the dome light is working just watch it. If it goes out when you hit the key then you either have a bad battery or a bad connection with one (or more) of the battery cables. What I am driving at is the door chime or dome light may work (low current draw) but anything more may be causing a major voltage drop. If the dome light goes off you need to figure out if the battery has nothing left to give or if there's a bad connection. The easiest way is to substitute a known good battery. (borrowed from another car?) if that fixes the issue then you have to look at why the battery went dead.

Keep us posted and we'll talk more.
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09-21-2016, 09:17 AM (This post was last modified: 09-21-2016 09:18 AM by rhartman911.)
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RE: 92 Legacy Ignition Problem
(09-19-2016 12:54 AM)Rupe Wrote:  Not rocket science for basic electricity. Try something easy. If the dome light is working just watch it. If it goes out when you hit the key then you either have a bad battery or a bad connection with one (or more) of the battery cables. What I am driving at is the door chime or dome light may work (low current draw) but anything more may be causing a major voltage drop. If the dome light goes off you need to figure out if the battery has nothing left to give or if there's a bad connection. The easiest way is to substitute a known good battery. (borrowed from another car?) if that fixes the issue then you have to look at why the battery went dead.

Keep us posted and we'll talk more.
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09-21-2016, 09:36 PM
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RE: 92 Legacy Ignition Problem
Does that mean that you figured it out? If so, please share the solution. It may help someone else, plus, hearing the solution is the only pay we get for trying to help.

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09-23-2016, 10:53 PM
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RE: 92 Legacy Ignition Problem
(09-21-2016 09:36 PM)Garner Wrote:  Does that mean that you figured it out? If so, please share the solution. It may help someone else, plus, hearing the solution is the only pay we get for trying to help.

Sorry for the miss communication but no it's not fixed, I Have been working a lot of over time wont be able to get to car until next weekend. I have worked on cars for myself (backyard mechanic) for 35+ years I still feel its the Ignition switch I thought since I have never worked on a Subaru I thought I would ask some Subaru people
just incase they may of had this problem. Not to many things will stop a car from running if its not the timing belt then the ignition system is usually at fault if it was a bad battery the alternator would of kept the engine running Battery has full charge already tested it with volt meter Fuses are all good. I will post what the problem was when I get it running maybe it will help someone else
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09-24-2016, 10:35 AM
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RE: 92 Legacy Ignition Problem
BTW, I read your original post again then saw the part about "no hazard lights" and that doesn't go through the ignition switch. With a 25 year old car I think you should revisit poor connections on battery cables then double check the ground strap between the engine and chassis. In the case of Subaru, they usually have an extra wire on the positive battery cable end that goes directly to the fuse / relay block under the hood where you will also find fuse links. Check each one with a test light to be sure power is going through.
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