2013 Subaru Outback Won’t Start

Asked by RedRiot Oct 14, 2019 at 10:34 PM about the 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My outback won’t start. The battery seems fine but
it just won’t turn over. It has sounded a little
hesitant to start in the past. No dashboard lights
came on. I am going to try to jump it and see what
happens. Any suggestions?

3 Answers

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Obviously the battery is NOT fine, as it won't power the starter to crank the motor. Clean the contacts thoroughly, jump-start, drive a lot, and see if it holds the charge. If not, replace with a NON-Subaru battery (no Panasonics). IF, however, you experience strong cranking but late ignition, that's remediable at a dealer with an ECM reflash. But don't waste time setting that up if you simply need a new battery or contact cleaning. Best, Ern TSG/B

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I'm guessing that you have the original battery in the car. But even if not, it's probably a battery that's just too low to properly turn the starter motor. Yes, try a jump. Then have the battery and alternator tested.

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2010 Outback here. SAME ISSUE! Resolved now, after countless intermittent issue (happening) & diagnostics at a few places. The code finally came up for the malfunctioning/misfiring: P0335 OBD-II Trouble Code: Crankshaft Position Sensor "A" Circuit Malfunction. FINALLY a code appeared! --- Battery, alternator, ignition switch, fuel pump --- all are fine. The parts+labor at the Subaru dealership was approx. 420 USD. Not bad for peace of mind. My Subaru is older, though, approaching 175K but I love this car. Other than this problem, it runs fine and I drive A LOT (est. 38K per year).

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