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2006 - Starting issue / Fuel Pump not priming? (merged thread)

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Hi all. Let me start off by saying I'm new to the Subaru Forums. I'm a woman in my early 20s new to doing my own work on my car, so I might not immediately pick up on acronyms, etc. I'm happy to learn!

I bought my 2006 Forester 2.5X last month, with 101,001 or so miles on it. When I originally got it, the fuel pump system needed to be replaced due to gas that had been sitting in the gas tank. The previous owner left it sitting in the Texas heat with a full tank of gas, and that caused an issue with the fuel pump? I'm starting to think it could've been misdiagnosed, but I'll get to that in a second.

I got the fuel pump replaced, and the car ran fine for a week or so before it wouldn't start. The car will try to start, choke, and shudder and then die. The battery seems to be working because I can hear the solenoid clicking, but the engine won't start. I took it to a new shop, and they told me that the fuel pump needed replacing again. This was 9 or so days after I had the original fuel pump replaced. I thought, huh, weird, and asked them to check the whole fuel system, batteries, etc. They didn't find anything else in their diagnostic that they could see that would be causing the fuel pump to die, so I chocked it up to a bad part from shop #1.

Fast forward a few weeks to the other day. I'm out doing delivery driving, when I try to start the car and I encounter the same issue again. The car will try to start after I crank it, before it sputters and dies. The Check Engine, Oil Light, Battery Light and AT OIL TEMP Light all come on. I let it sit for a few minutes before I tried it again, same thing, wouldn't start. Finally, I tried to crank it a third time after praying to every god I could think of, and it started and I got it running.

It ran fine until today, when it wouldn't start again. Same thing as before. This time though, it took about 10 - 15 cranks before I could finally get it started and running like normal. This tells me I might be having a starter issue, but I'm not sure because the shuddering after it dies throws me off. It seems like the fuel pump is acting up again, but I can't imagine would be causing two fuel pumps to die. The original issue could have been misdiagnosed as well.

I was wondering if anyone else here has seen this in these models? Attached is my dashboard, in case that's helpful at all. I'm really scratching my head over this one. Thanks in advance. If this isn't the right thread for this, let me know and I'm happy to move it.

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When you have the engine running turn on every accessory especially the lights. The engine speed should increase with the high load or the lights should dim. The lights should brighten when you rev the engine. If not first look for a loose drive or serpentine belt, bad battery connectors, or defective alternator. Voltage at battery with engine run-in should be 13.5 to 14.5 volts.z Fuel pump needs amperage to run. It needs enough and not too much which could burn it out.
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