08 Outback XT manual trans: how come no one stocks the starter for this vintage of Legacy/Outback stickshift?
Can I use one from a WRX of similar vintage, even if I have to tweak some wiring is ok.
I just picked up an 08 Outback XT 5 speed stick to replace my 02 Legacy wagon. (more power, plus the 02 just got kinda crashed by the wife)
And now I'm stuck, broken, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, halfway home.
I discovered that no one stocks the starter for the manual trans Outback/Legacys of this vintage. (rockauto doesn't even list it) I understand the auto starter being different, but what about a WRX starter?
Would the WRX starter fit - even if I have to temporarily wire up a "start switch" under the hood so I can drive it - but will it line up with the flywheel and fit in the block?
Example: classic small block chevy V8 starter - there was basically one starter with two noses depending on the size of the flexplate, and light duty or heavy duty. Inside the guts were basically the same and the wiring was basically the same, so you could mix and match to make a frankenstarter.
I'm going to the dealer tomorrow hoping they can fix. It's freezing out and I flew in, so I had no tools. It looks like the intercooler comes off pretty easy, but I can't do this in the hotel parking lot with the nearest parts store 4 miles away. (and no one has rebuild kits either)
Anyway, rant mode off, if anyone has any ideas on how to get my 08 Outback cranking, I'm all ears. New battery, clean terminals. I just bought it yesterday and I was thinking the starter sounded a bit "slow" almost like the battery was weak. I must have started it 10 times yesterday, but it sat outside in -30 overnight not plugged in (I'm at a hotel) and won't start this morning. I have power to interior, dash, etc. I head a relay clicking and a faint "grrrrr" from under the hood, but no noise from the starter.