Outback won't start. Won't do *anything*

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by Jason, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. Jason

    Jason Guest

    My wife returned from a week in Europe today - she flew to England then
    on to Spain and back to Newark, NJ from Spain.

    When she tried to start her '07 Outback wagon nothing happened. The dash
    didn't light up at all. Folks at the parking garage hooked up a jump box
    but that didn't do anything either. She wound up calling Subaru Roadside
    Assistance. After far too many hours they showed up and couldn't get the
    car to do anything either. So, they towed it to a dealership in NJ where
    it will sit for a few days.

    I suspect the immobilizer "feature" is the culprit, but this has never
    happened before so I don't know what behavior to expect. Is the "do
    nothing" response what should happen?

    I'm left wondering about two things: did someone tamper with the car
    while it was parked, or could some aggressive airport security X-ray
    scanner have fried the RFID chip in the key?

    Any thoughts?


    Jason, Apr 22, 2007
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  2. Failed fuselink.....check to see if it blew AND WHY...or if it simply
    It's the first link in the electrical system.
    Bob's Backfire Burrito, Apr 22, 2007
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  3. Jason

    Bugalugs Guest

    Left a door partly ajar...interior light on....flattened the battery?

    Been there ....done that
    Bugalugs, Apr 22, 2007
  4. Jason

    Todd H. Guest

    Unless the flattened battery became a dead short somehow, that
    wouldn't explain why the jump box didn't at least bring a light on.

    The main fuse seems to be the most plausible explanation.
    Todd H., Apr 22, 2007
  5. Is it possible someone tried to vandalize/steal and crawled underneath
    and cut a battery cable? Maybe they sorthed the fusible link?


    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Apr 22, 2007
  6. Jason

    bgd Guest

    New subes suck.

    Not that we needed to hear details of your wifes fabulous trip.
    car alarm go off until it was done or what.
    bgd, Apr 22, 2007
  7. Jason

    Jason Guest

    If that had happened, jumping it should have worked. It didn't. Nothing
    happened. I think either the immobilizer kicked in for some reason or
    the master fusable link burned out (why?).

    Jason, Apr 23, 2007
  8. Jason

    Todd H. Guest

    The immobilizer on most cars anyway is a relay to the starter motor,
    or I suppose someone may have gotten the ignition involved. I don't
    see how an immobilizer would ever prevent lights from even coming on
    or kill all power since that sortof defeats even the alarm system from
    Todd H., Apr 23, 2007
  9. Jason

    CompUser Guest

    A 3d possibility: the helpful buckos at the
    airport hooked up their jumpbox with leads
    CompUser, Apr 23, 2007
  10. Jason

    AS Guest

    Second the reversed jump leads.
    AS, Apr 23, 2007
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