2004 Subaru Outback Won't start

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Electrical problem
2004 Subaru Outback 4 cyl All Wheel Drive Manual 120, 00 miles

I left the key on yesterday after rolling down the windows. When I went to start it after work - it would not start, I jumped it, put another battery in it. The door buser works but nothing else. It has no gauges, no lights/blinkers.

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Saturday, June 26th, 2010 AT 11:26 AM

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Hi debbie meeks. Welcome to the forum. Look inside the vehicle and under the hood for fuses in two different places. Newer cars have WAY too many computers and every one has memory circuits that charge up when the dead battery is jumped and brought back to life. The current surge often pops fuses when there is no other underlying problem.

The least desirable way to check fuses is by pulling them out and looking at them for signs of the broken or melted wire between the terminals because that kills that circuit and can lead to a computer losing its programming. The best way to check them is with a test light or voltmeter. Use a test light with a sharp point for a quick reliable indication. The ignition switch should be in the "run" position, then you'll see two tiny holes in the top of the plastic part of each fuse. Touch your test light to each of those holes. If the test light lights up on both holes, the fuse is good. You're looking for a fuse where the test light lights up on one hole but not the second one. That fuse will be blown. For now, disregard any fuses where the test light doesn't light up on either hole because that circuit is turned off. Typical circuits might be head lights, tail lights, etc. Check those systems for proper operation after you get the engine running.


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