Nov 202015
 

1996-Subaru Legacy wagon
I have a Subaru legacy gt wagon 1996 ej20 engine, the car works fine when its warmed up , but if i just turn it on normally it’ll idle very roughly with low revs for like 3-5 seconds then turn off, unless I hold the key turned so it forces the car to stay on and allows the revs to go normally. After Ive held the key for like 20 seconds I can let go of the key and from then on well its warmed up it’ll work fine until Ive left it for a long time again, though on repeat of the holding key in turned on position it’ll work. the starter motor has also very recently been changed and I did take off the IAC and try clean it but couldn’t get the top part off too manually twist the valve when cleaning. also cleaned the maf sensor.

  3 Responses to “Subaru legacy gt waggon 1996”

  1. Sounds to me like you need the ignition switch or key and tumbler assembly replaced.

  2. thankyou for the reply, much appreciated help. Ill probably take it into to a shop when I can however, starting the car like this will it do major damage? it makes a rattling sound well im holding the key,but not the loud grind rattling sound when you turn the key too far when the engines .

  3. It wasn’t designed to be used the way you are but for a short time I think you will be OK. Of course the sooner the better for just about any repair that is needed.

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