subaru outback 97 in need of help baddly

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Old 05-02-07, 02:07 PM
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subaru outback 97 in need of help baddly

i was driving my car down the road and i noticed that the abs light was on. as i continued down the road my tach started moving violently then died at 0 then the speedomiter went to 0. after this the cars hazards woulndt work the car started to chug slowly then it died. now it wont turn over and is on the side of the road. any ideas on what it could be?
 
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Old 05-02-07, 02:14 PM
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I would check this

I would check the alternator and battery. New cars need good strong current to run the computer controls. The car will do wierd things with alternator problems. If your battery is over 4 years old it is on borrowed time.
Also check battery cables for corrosion.
 
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Old 05-02-07, 02:41 PM
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battery is brand new. not sure on the alternator
 
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Old 05-02-07, 02:57 PM
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Check it

Try to get it started with jumper cables and get a meter and see if you have about 13.9 volts going into the battery.
What happens is the battery will keep car going untill it just runs out of juice because nothing is putting more back in.
The fuel pump needs power to run and with a dead batttery you are dead in the water.
The alternator should keep the car going even with a bad battery (not good for it).
 
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It sounds to me like a bad alternator. Above post is correct, if alternator is not charging the battery will run the vehicle until it is out of juice then it will die and you will get nothing. If the car will start when jumped and the alternator is bad you will not make it very far due to the battery still not having any juice left.
 
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Talking alternator

Here is an oldie but goodie for "Bazooka Joe". After jump starting the vehicle remove the ground cable from the battery, the alternator should keep the engine running. If it dies immediately, I would suspect the alternator. Put the cable back on and jump it again. Next take a small wrench, like an ignition wrench or a 1/4 - 3/8, something small and place it on the back of the alternator where the bearing is while the engine is running. If your alternator voltgage regulator is working then the alternator will produce a field of electricity and the wrench will stick to the back, because of the magnetic field. If not, I would suspect the voltgage regulator. If it does stick then you have an electrical magnetic field which means the regulator is good, but if you check and see you are not getting the charge to the battery, then I would suspect the alternator itself...(brushes, bearings, windings, etc) So, if the wrench dont stick, you just need a regulator.
 

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Sorry " McGyver " I can't speak my mind I've got a warning here, anyways, be safe and have car towed, do not work on it by side of highway, see if you can jump start then check for codes.
You can also take it to autozone for a free charging system check up.
You might want to find out why the abs light came on too.
 
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