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1996 Subaru Legacy Question: need help diagnosing a problem with a 96 Subaru Legacy



Visitor, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Dayton, OH, March 30, 2011, 17:23

I was wondering if you may be able to help us diagnose a problem with a 96 Subaru Legacy Station Wagon. My friend in Kentucky owns this car. Have had it hooked up to 5 computers and they all say nothing is wrong. Will not start consistantly. It will sometimes start 6 or 7 times in a row, then not start for weeks. If and when is does start it runs perfectly. These parts have been replaced according to Subaru books troubleshooting section. Fuel Pump, Ignition, Coil Pack, ECH Control Module, Coolant temperature sensor, Crank shaft sensor, Throttle position sensor.
Sometimes when you keep trying to start it, it will finally start. That is if you don't flood it first!!!!!

Thanks for your time.
A friend trying to help a friend in desperate need.
Debra Venable


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    March 30, 2011, 17:37

    Has anyone ever checked the ignition switch as I see all the major manufacturers have this part available, So it must be a common failure. Because it might turn the engine starter but a tech would check to determine if power is coming thru the ignition switch to power up the ignition.

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