Engine won't start

Tiny
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  • 1999 SUBARU LEGACY
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 170,000 MILES
Uninstalled the instrument cluster to adjust where the female connector for the speedometer. I reinstalled and car will not start

Once I reconnect the negative terminal all the lights and dashboard come on when I turn the key and they don't turn off. When I turn the key to start engine there is one single click and then all the lights are gone and they stay gone. If I leave the car alone for about five minutes the door ajar light and the rear lights come on and all the lights will be available to come on again if I turn the key.

I have checked the fuses
unhooked the battery for an hour to try and reset
checked all the instrument cluster connections
adjusted the piece I initially worked on to normal
The engine wont start

Does anyone know what I did!
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Monday, February 24th, 2014 AT 10:37 PM

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Tiny
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Try resetting your anti theft first then when car starts see if it's ok then. This guide will help.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-reset-a-security-system

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

Please run down these guides and report back.

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 AT 6:47 AM
Tiny
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That is the most common solution I've been seeing online, but if I do not have an actual theft system installed can I, or how would I go about this. My manual does give instruction on how to reset the theft system "if installed", but my car does not have one. Any suggestions?
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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 AT 8:27 AM
Tiny
HMAC300
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If you have any flashing red lights on your cars dash you have one. And most cars built since 2000 or late 90's do. Check fuses 15 under hood and fuse 16 under dash. Either one could be blown preventing it from starting also check the two things in pic that I've sent.
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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 AT 9:34 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for the advice. I brought home a jump box today and jump started the car. Hoping it was just a dead battery. Didn't think that was the issue, but just goes to show, always start with the simple stuff. Thanks again.
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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 AT 9:27 PM
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TEAIRA HIGGINS
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My car check engine light was flashing so I took it into the shop to get put onto machine to see what was wrong with it they told me that there was nothing wrong with it the machine didnt pick it up they said it might be plugs pluged into a different portal but I have not touched any plugs 3 hours later car wont start I tryed jump starting it with jumper leads and jum starts but the lighs and that were on but the car just wont turn over?I dont no what todo in gisborne we dont have subaru profesionals, so im quiet bugged when I turn the key on to acc it does a noise like gggghhh then tick tick I dont no if that has anything to do with it.
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Monday, May 11th, 2020 AT 11:26 AM (Merged)
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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MAYBE SOMETHING IN HERE WILL HELP

HAVE YOUR BATTERY TESTED 1ST

https://www.2carpros.com/questions/1996-chevrolet-tahoe-wont-start-sounds-dead-battery-jumpbox-get-same-reults

KEEP US POSTED

THE MEDIC
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Monday, May 11th, 2020 AT 11:26 AM (Merged)
Tiny
LEMONS7587
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The engine will not fire. Im getting fuel, but no spark. The coil pack, plugs and wires are good. There seems to be some sort of light buzzing sound coming from one of the sensors located near the throttlebody. How can I diagnose the problem? The car ran fine a few days ago. I changed the oil pan and a brake line. Now it wont fire. Any hints?
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Monday, May 11th, 2020 AT 11:26 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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When you removed the oil pan, you may have damaged or unplugged the crank sensor. It's located right above the harmonic balancer. Check that and let me know what you find.
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Monday, May 11th, 2020 AT 11:26 AM (Merged)
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GERRY G
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Quite often the starter will not engage on the first try. I turn the key on and off untill I finally starts. It has a new battery and the battery cables are clean & tight. I do have a problem with the shift lock mech., But have manually disabled this. I don't think that has anything to do with the starting problem. When I turn the key on I have plenty of juice to everything else. Can you give me some advice on what to look for?
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Monday, May 11th, 2020 AT 11:26 AM (Merged)
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JACK42
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Could be a bad starter solenoid. Check for 12 volts at the small wire on the starter with key in crank position. If it has power then the starter needs to be replaced. If none, then get back to me and we will find out where it stops
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