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2002 Subaru Forester L 4dr Manual

2002 Subaru Forester
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All Wheel Drive, 4 Door, 4WD Sport Utility
21 mpg city / 27 mpg hwy
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May 16, 2012, 5:51 pm

Ivan G
 

Question: 2000 Subaru Forester Ceased Engine?

I have a problem with my 2000 Subaru Forester. As it is my work vehicle I rely on it everyday for an hour long commute(each way).

Here is my problem:

Monday morning on my way to work it died on the freeway. As i was going up a hill the engine revs were going higher and higher and the power was going lower and lower. My lights were dimming and the check engine, Ebrake, low oil and Battery dashboard lights all came on at the same time. When I tried to start it back up I would go black, as in when the key was just in the on position my headlights would be on and dashboard lights on, but when I try to start the car everything goes black.

Because the power loss i felt and the dimming of the lights i thought it might be a bad alternator, so I replaced that and also found my battery to be fairly useless after a quite voltmeter. So after a new alternator, new battery and 2 new belts I am stuck at more or less the same problem.

When I try to start the car its much more forcefull now (most likely due to the new battery) but just clicks once as I start the car, and I hear a humming sound, but nothing happens. I just hope the engine did not cease.I really can't afford to take this in as I just bought a new car for my wife after she had our third child.

Please Help!

Thanks in advance for any advise.

-Ivan
2000 Subaru Forester
140000 miles


May 19, 2012, 6:14 am

Elizabeth K
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If you try to turn the key and are only hearing a clicking noise, not the engine turning over, you either have a problem with starter/electrical circuit, or the engine is seized. Here's an article on how to test the starter circuit:
http://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-engine-will-not-crank-over

If you put a wrench on the front crankshaft bot (out of gear) you should be able to turn the engine over manually. If not, it is seized.


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