Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Sebastopol, Ca.
Car Year: 2014
Car Model: Forester XT Touring
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I had my worst hard start situation today. Turned the key waited for the fuel pump to prime then cranked it really long twice and it still didn't catch/fire up. On the third try after waiting a bit and pumping the gas pedal once (not sure if that helped or not) it started up quick, but rougher than normal. This all happened after sitting outside in 80 degreee weather all day, so I don't think moisture and or cold is contributing to this.
I've actually been on a lot of backcountry trips in a dirty, cold, and wet environments and it's always started up fine there, thank goodness! Still pretty worried it is eventually going to happen when I'm out there in the middle of nowhere and that it's going to be the one time when it doesn't ever start! Fingers crossed that won't happen and hoping for a positive fix from Subaru for this issue to end everybody's worries soon...
Seems weird to me that people think it's a valve issue though, since I haven't noticed any other side effects that I would think would come from that like a rough idle, bad MPG's or something else notable. I'm no mechanic, but sounds like whatever adjustment they did to the valves on Jamie's car didn't help either though. To me it almost just seems like a bad connection somewhere. I guess I should check my battery connections, since come to think of it I haven't done yet! lol
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