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  • drew
    drew - 2006 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 9/2/2014
    Why does my car not start after refuelling at a gas station?
    After putting gas my car does not start. When I turn the ignition switch the car tries to start but it doesn't turn over. Eventually in order to start I press on the accelerator and the car starts but immediately dies (by stalling). What I need to do is keep ...
     
    • CVO
      9/2/2014 CVO
      A. A malfunction evap. purge valve may the cause of this problem. Un-metered gas fumes could add into the combustion chamber and they're causing the combustion to ignite properly.

      See this Fig. Example EVAP System

      http://www.autozone.com/.../...rGuideContent.jsp

      Use the mouse arrow and scroll more than 1/ 2 of the page to see the Fig.

      B. The check engine light doesn't have to be ON to store a fault code.

      Check the vehicle for fault codes to see if there are any sensors were involved to the malfunction of the engine.

      1.Local auto parts stores such as Autozone ( not in California) or Advance Auto parts or Pep Boys will scan and retrieve any diagnostic trouble codes ( dtc ) stored in the powertrain control module for free of charge..

      2. Amazon.com has the code reader for less than $ .00 dollars + shipping
      Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool for OBDII Vehicles

      3.Re-post the dtc's in here " answer question " for further assistance.

      Note: we need the dtc's to identify the sensor, there are a dozen different ELECTRONIC sensors to operate the car.

      Visit this site and see all the different sensor definitions.

      Powertrain Control Module (PCM)
      Throttle Position (TP) sensor
      Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor
      Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensor
      Idle Air Control (IAC) valve
      Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT)
      Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S)
      Camshaft Position (CMP) sensor
      Knock Sensor (KS)
      Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS)
      Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor

      www.freeautomechanic.com
      CVO
      9/3/2014 CVO
      CORRECTION..A malfunction evap. purge valve may the cause of this problem. Un-metered gas fumes could add into the combustion chamber and they're causing the combustion to ignite improperly.
  • drew
    drew - 2006 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 9/2/2014
    Why does my car not start after refuelling?
    After putting gas my car does not start. When I turn the ignition switch the car tries to start but it doesn't turn over. Eventually in order to start I press on the accelerator and the car starts but immediately dies (by stalling). What I need to do is keep ...
     
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  • olrag
    olrag - 1998 Subaru Legacy - Engine - 8/25/2014
    Why does my 98subaru legacy sputters and dies?
    Car sputtered and died on me, acted like had no gas even though gauge read there was fuel. put in some gas started right up. filled tank half way, test drove about 15 miles.Car sputtered and died on me, called tow truck. when tow truck came car started had it towed ...
     
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  • olrag
    olrag - 1998 Subaru Legacy - Engine - 8/25/2014
    Why does my 1998 Subaru legacy sputter and die
    Car sputtered and died on me, acted like had no gas even though gauge read there was fuel. put in some gas started right up. filled tank half way, test drove about 15 miles.Car sputtered and died on me, called tow truck. when tow truck came car started had it towed ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Subaru Legacy - Engine - 8/9/2014
    I am trying to put a forced cold air intake in my car and switch out the stock, I did this previously to my 1995 legacy
    theres something under the hood i dont know what it is. when i try to put my intake in, it doesn't fit but fits on my old car which seems like this other part has been removed. I have a diagram that I highlighted if someone can tell me what this part is under the ...
     
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  • SubieChris
    SubieChris - 1994 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 8/6/2014
    I have the ej18 engine on my 1994 subaru impreza and it is AWD with 185,000 miles. Will an ej20 or an ej22 fit my car? C
    I live in New England and have driven it kind of hard since I got it back in october and have kinda burned out the syncro for second gear sgould I get a transmission with the better engine.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Subaru Legacy - Engine - 8/4/2014
    My car won't start and we tried jumping it but nothing will work. The battery says were at 12 volted though?
    So my car won't start and we tried jumping it but nothing happened. No sounds no nothing. But the lights and radio are coming on. So we checked the battery to see what it says and it's right at 12 volted. I don't know what's wrong.
     
    • jdl
      8/4/2014 jdl
      I'd have to make sure battery has a full charge. Next, I'd have to check the wiring circuits at the starter for voltage and ground. Any testing at the starter, make sure tranny is in park or neutral and parking brake is set. Is this an automatic or manual tranny?

      Some of the national brand autostores will test the battery for you, they will also test the starter, if you take it to them.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1990 Subaru Legacy - Engine - 8/3/2014
    Why would my car have a sputtering sound but only vibrate when accelerating & only be felt in the gas pedal and shifter
    When the car is idling there is no abnormal sound. once I accelerate and hit anywhere from 20 mph and 35 mph I hear a sputtering sound. Then once it gets to about 40 when I push on the gas pedal the sputtering sound gets louder. But the only place I feel the ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Subaru Legacy - Engine - 7/27/2014
    Car wont start sometimes?!?!
    when the car gets up to temp and you shut it down it wont start, if it sits for a while it wont start, and its getting worse
     
    • CVO
      7/27/2014 CVO
      Camshaft position sensor ?

      The check engine light doesn't have to be ON to store a fault code.

      Check the vehicle for fault codes to see if there are any sensors were involved to the malfunction of the engine.

      1.Local auto parts stores such as Autozone ( not in California) or Advance Auto parts or Pep Boys will scan and retrieve any diagnostic trouble codes ( dtc ) stored in the powertrain control module for free of charge..

      2. Amazon.com has the code reader for less than $ 17.69 dollars + shipping
      Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool for OBDII Vehicles

      3.Re-post the dtc's in here " answer question " for further assistance.

      Note: we need the dtc's to identify the sensor, there are a dozen different ELECTRONIC sensors to operate the car.

      Visit this site and see all the different sensor definitions.

      Powertrain Control Module (PCM)
      Throttle Position (TP) sensor
      Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor
      Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensor
      Idle Air Control (IAC) valve
      Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT)
      Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S)
      Camshaft Position (CMP) sensor
      Knock Sensor (KS)
      Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS)
      Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor

      www.freeautomechanic.com
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Subaru Legacy - Engine - 7/19/2014
    Engine won't turn over
    Driving down the highway, oil temp light and transmission light came on. Drove for a short distance then the engine stalled and I coasted to a stop. Lights, radio etc still work but car won't restart. Just a weird clicking noise
     
    • jdl
      7/19/2014 jdl
      Does the starter motor crank ok? If so, have a helper crank it while you visually check for spark at the spark plugs. If spark everywhere, check fuel pressure.

      How long since a tune-up? Check for applicable trouble codes. Battery has a full charge?
      jdl
      7/19/2014 AutoMD Member
      Thanks for replying. The starter does not crank. Battery does have a full charge.
      jdl
      7/19/2014 jdl
      Is the engine froze-up? Next, I'd check voltage and ground circuits at the starter motor. Any testing at the starter make sure the tranny is in park or neutral and the parking brake is set.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Subaru Forester - Engine - 7/7/2014
    Why is my AC turning hot at stop lights or when the car is in park?
    I drive a 2002 Subaru Forester. When you first turn on the car and turn the AC on, everything works properly. The AC works properly when it the car continues driving (like on a highway for example), but when the car is sitting in park or at a stop light for a longer ...
     
    • CVO
      7/7/2014 CVO
      Check the radiator and the condenser ( if equipped ) fans to see if both are running when the AC is on. Check the condenser for any debris stuck on it, use the water from the garden hose to remove the debris.

      Note: when the the car continues driving, the ram air will help to remove the heat from the condenser.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Subaru Forester - Engine - 7/7/2014
    Why is my AC turning hot at stop lights or when the car is in park?
    I drive a 2002 Subaru Forester. When you first turn on the car and turn the AC on, everything works properly. The AC works properly when it the car continues driving (like on a highway for example), but when the car is sitting in park or at a stop light for a longer ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Subaru Forester - Engine - 7/5/2014
    What should a timing belt change cost?
    My Forrester has hit 100000 miles and needs timing belt change.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/12/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Rounded numbers with water pump replace at same time $700 .
    • REX03
      7/4/2014 REX03
      Depends if dealer or local shop in area. I bought all my parts and local shop was 490 labor..
    • Jimm
      7/5/2014 Jimm
      Check the on-line auto parts sources; many list the timing components kit (including the water pump) such as the Gates part # TCKWP304A from around $170.00 for your vehicle.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the timing components kit from around $170.00 for your vehicle. The kit contains; Water Pump, Timing Belt, Cam Belt Tensioner Assembly, 3 Cam Belt Idler Pulleys, Detailed Instruction Sheet.

      Of course, this is the cost for the parts only - shop the website; www.AutoMD.com to obtain estimate / repair quote for the labor cost for this repair.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Subaru Outback - Engine - 6/28/2014
    Why isn't either of my fans working ?
    my car has 33,000 miles on it . neither of the radiator fan are turning on causing vehicle to overheat at stop lights and a/c to blow warm air, driving down road car cools down and a/c blows cold. what could be causing fans not to work ?
     
    • CVO
      6/28/2014 CVO
      Apply a direct 12 volts to the fan connectors to see if the fans are working.
      In the case the fans runs, check their relays.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 6/10/2014
    What is wrong with my coolant system?!
    Someone please help!!! earlier I was trying to fix a coolant leak from the thermostat housing, so I took the cover off and wiped off any gunk around then I put the cap back on, when I started my car and drove it for about 10 minutes I noticed it read C for cold at ...
     
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