Q: 2004 Subaru Forester won't start

asked by on

My SUV is having trouble starting and staying on when stopped at red lights. The only way I can keep it from quitting when I'm at a stop light is to hold down both pedals together. It doesn't happen all the time, but becoming more and more frequent. What will fix this?

Hi there. This is a very common issue on this vehicle. It is typically caused by a bad throttle body. The throttle body motor is a common failure on this vehicle causing the throttle to stop working correctly, and therefore not idle correctly. I typically will try to clean the throttle body first to see if it helps, but it typically will need to be replaced. If you need to have this looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your starting issue and make any necessary repairs.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. 2004 Subaru Forester won't start

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car stalls out in the mid of driving

Hi there. From the description you provided concerning your vehicle stalling while driving, the cost of repair is difficult to answer without actually verifying the fault. It could be any number of reasons for the engine to stop running. It...

Q: Car stuck in gear, coasted, and quit - 2015 Fiat 500

Hello. For this case, unfortunately the dealer will need to verify the problem so they can fix something. The vehicle has had computer software issues but ones that may not pertain to this car. If you keep a log of...

Q: the lower control arm bushings split cracked and loose

The components on the lower arm are vended separately so you can refurbish an existing arm or you can buy a pre-assembled complete control arm (arm, bushings, and ball joint all installed). The pre-assembled left and right control arms, as...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...