Your car won’t start and you must attend a very important meeting! Don’t panic, you don’t want to be an exceptional mechanic to act successfully. By simply following the tips in this article step by step you will quickly get rid of the problem and restart your Subaru Legacy.
First, we will try to find the reasons that might prevent your car from starting.
It is also possible that your car crancks but won’t start.


Reasons that prevent your Subaru Legacy from starting

The battery may not have supported leaving your headlights on all night, or the vehicle key may have been forgotten on the ignition.
To make sure that it comes from the battery, and not from other causes, first examine the lighting of your headlights. Indeed, a low intensity or no lighting would be a bad sign for your battery.

Let’s see the different causes of failure

Battery pack of your Subaru Legacy

In most cases, for a Subaru Legacy that does not start, the battery is implicated because it provides the starter the energy considered necessary to start the engine.
Verify if there are any lights on your dashboard. Refer to the light on to point the failure.
If when turning the key you can feel jolts, this is a sign of a weak battery, and so it needs to be recharged.
A little trick that could help you a lot is to keep jumper cables in your Subaru Legacy, you will save yourself a towing.
If someone you know has the cables themselves, they can recharge your battery enough for you to restart the engine and the battery to recharge itself. Wait for a moment before starting even if your car is on, you don’t want to stall at the first traffic light and have to repeat the operation.

Weather conditions

Let’s go forward. Let’s imagine that your battery is recharged, but however your Subaru Legacy still doesn’t start. First, it is necessary to know that humidity and temperature changes create oxidation that can deposit on the battery terminals, clogging it and preventing it from working.
When in good working order, the terminals are a metallic grey. If they have changed colour, it is necessary to clean them. It is possible to do this with a wire brush or sandpaper. Apply a small amount of thick grease before rubbing.

Starter of your Subaru Legacy

Now you have followed our advice so far but your Subaru Legacy still doesn’t react. It is now time to focus on the starter, the small electric motor that starts the car’s engine.
You should know that to keep it in perfect working order, a few simple and quick steps are required. You can give a few small jolts on the sharp part of the starter, which will loosen the coals and facilitate their passage.
It should also be mentioned that this part does not have a specific lifetime, everything will depend on its use and as a result on the maintenance of your Subaru Legacy. When it no longer functions well, it is often caused by a bad electrical contact, itself often caused by high summer heat. This lowers the conductivity of metals. If the weather is not hot, it is not responsible

Another technique to try to start your car is to put your Subaru Legacy on a slope and by playing the clutch pedal, the engine will eventually start. This will function if your battery is dead and it has not been used to start the starter. In this solution, this trick avoids solliciting it.

Alternator of your Subaru Legacy

If, however, after driving, your battery has not recharged, (so you still cannot restart your engine with the contact even after driving) two options, either your battery is dead, or it’s the alternator. Its function is to recharge it while driving. This means that your battery may be in good condition, but it has simply not been recharged by the costly alternator.


If despite all this you are incapable to identify the failure, it is still recommended to see a professional who can make a diagnosis to be more accurate. Bear in mind everything that has been mentioned in order for you to supply him with information that could make it possible for him/her to repair your Subaru Legacy.

To discover more tips on the Subaru Legacy, take a look at the Subaru Legacy category.