Have I been hosed? I have driven my 2004 Subaru Outback since August of 2011 and performed routine maintenance. I drove about 1000 miles the week before without any problems. When coming out of a bank on Monday, the car started great but would not stay running. If I kept it in park, and fed the gas, it would keep going, but then stall if I let up. If I shifted into gear, it would stall.
I called an indpendent mechanic I trust and when I described the symptoms and told him I had left my key with the electronic door opener on it at a stop earlier in the week…he suggested that an anti-theft function may have kicked in. I locked and opened both front doors, but that didn’t help.
Eventually I was towed to a Subaru dealer where I could get diagnosis. they told me if the anti-theft feature had kicked in, it would have started sooner.
In the end, I bought an after market alternator and I’m running fine.
But I have had alternators go bad before,andd it always involved the battery not charging. In my case, the car turned over and started successfully for 20 minutes. No dashboard lights came on. I would have thought maybe a clogged fuel line first?
In any case, would the symptoms I described be because of a failed alternator?
As a woman on the road alone, you get a little paranoid,. thanks for any thoughts