Why won’t my Subaru Outback start in cold weather?

Can cold weather cause problems for older cars? I sometimes can’t get my Subaru Outback to start in colder weather and I’m not sure why.

Liz Jenson · Answered on Jan 19, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The most likely reason that your Subaru Outback won’t start in cold weather is your car battery.
When the temperature drops, your car battery may drain more quickly as a result. If you already have an old or weak battery, this can cause your battery to drain enough that your vehicle won’t start without a jump from a battery pack or another vehicle. In these cases, replacing your car battery will usually fix the issue.
If your car battery is new or if the problem persists, though, it’s a good idea to take your car to a mechanic. Your vehicle may be experiencing problems in other areas, such as your fuel system or a different electrical problem. In these cases, it’s best to get the issue checked out as soon as possible to avoid further or worsening problems.
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