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For the first time since I purchased the car new, my 2017 Impreza didn't turn over last night.
The lights, chimes, and radio all work, but the engine will not turn over. I hear a couple of chugs like it's trying to start (I think I can, I think I can), but it ultimately fails.

I changed out the ignition fuse after watching a YouTube video recommendation, but that didn't fix it.

I'm assuming it may be the battery going bad, so I will try to jump it today.

The battery is 3.5 years old and the car has 36,000 miles. Is it normal for the battery to go bad at this point?
I haven't been driving as much due to the lockdown, obviously, but I have driven around town for errands during the week, so it's not sitting idle.

Could it be the actual starter? Anyone has experience with this?
 

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My original 2017 battery didn't make it as long as yours did. I wouldn't over think it. Changing the battery is a good standard first step. Jump-starting is something to be careful doing. Charging systems and other electronics don't always like that.
 

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My original 2017 battery didn't make it as long as yours did. I wouldn't over think it. Changing the battery is a good standard first step. Jump-starting is something to be careful doing. Charging systems and other electronics don't always like that.
Ok, so should I just go to pepboys or autozone and get a new battery today?
 

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That's what I would do, and did do, when my battery gave out.
 

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That's what I would do, and did do, when my battery gave out.
Did you install yourself, or have pepboys install and dispose of your old battery?
I've done the pepboys route in the past, but this isn't rocket science in swapping a battery. I can do it myself, but I'm just wondering if I'd save any money that way.

What brand of battery did you replace with?
 

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I replaced it myself and put in an AutoZone Duralast battery. They take the old battery to be recycled. There's an additional core charge you don't get refunded to you if you don't turn in the old battery.
 

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Here in Louisiana it's our hot summers that kill batteries, I usually bank on a good 3 years, after that you're on borrowed time and the first sign of weakness just replace. Ive also noticed if you ever run a battery down to near Zero, that kills it much faster.
 

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There's a battery recall coming up. But you should always have a jump starter in the back of your car, it is really handy.

As far as types of batteries, I'm going to put an Optima in mine when it comes time.
 
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The longest a battery lasted for me was 7 years in a Ford Escort. Many years ago I jump-started a co-workers car in the parking lot which killed my alternator. I'm pretty sure I left my engine running when I did it.
 

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Sadly today's batteries seem to come pre-filled with acid to the store. Once you add the acid, and the chemical reaction happens, the life of the battery starts ticking. It use to be you got the battery and a separate container of acid to add to the battery. If someone needed a battery you'd add the acid and charge the battery first. Now you have no idea how long it's been sitting. Seems sometimes you get years and years out of an OEM battery or you can get as little as 2-3 depending on where you live. I've been averaging 4 on the newer Subaru's I've had. I like to replace with the AutoZone DuraLast gold battery. I've gotten about 5 now for various Scoobies I've owned. Good blend of price and CCA.

First thing I'd do is pop off the tops of the battery caps and look to see if you need to add any fluid (google it) only use distilled water, tap water will be bad for the battery. Careful when you do this, goggles and gloves are a good idea. Then you can try charging it. You may be able to get it to last a little longer but it sounds like you need a new one.

As for Jump Starting, if it comes to that, if at all possible use a jump box and not jumper cables. New cars have some many electronics it is possible to fry systems when jump starting.
 

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There's a battery recall coming up. But you should always have a jump starter in the back of your car, it is really handy.

As far as types of batteries, I'm going to put an Optima in mine when it comes time.
What recall are you referring to? I don't see any news about a battery recall. Is it specific to the Imprezas?

I found this article related to new Outbacks and Ascents:
 

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I'm going to O'reily Auto Parts today to get a complimentary battery test done.
Good Idea, I just buy the mid grade batteries and replace every few years, my friend is a strong fan of Optima Batteries.

I have noticed in the last 10 years that OEM batteries don't last long, my new 07 Toyota Yaris OEM lasted over 5 years, my last 2 new cars, Hyundai and Chrysler all went at 3 years.
 

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Sort of glad, at least it was something simple.
 

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For the first time since I purchased the car new, my 2017 Impreza didn't turn over last night.
The lights, chimes, and radio all work, but the engine will not turn over. I hear a couple of chugs like it's trying to start (I think I can, I think I can), but it ultimately fails.

I changed out the ignition fuse after watching a YouTube video recommendation, but that didn't fix it.

I'm assuming it may be the battery going bad, so I will try to jump it today.

The battery is 3.5 years old and the car has 36,000 miles. Is it normal for the battery to go bad at this point?
I haven't been driving as much due to the lockdown, obviously, but I have driven around town for errands during the week, so it's not sitting idle.

Could it be the actual starter? Anyone has experience with this?
I would first have the battery load tested. My Father and Mother have a 2019 Impreza limited with under 18,000 miles. The battery kept going dead. It tested 90 cca for a 375 cca battery. The dealer did replace the battery now.
 

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As for Jump Starting, if it comes to that, if at all possible use a jump box and not jumper cables. New cars have some many electronics it is possible to fry systems when jump starting.
I've always carried cables in all my vehicles, but thinking a jump box would be great to keep in my daughter's Xterra. Do you have any recommendations on a jump box?
 

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I've always carried cables in all my vehicles, but thinking a jump box would be great to keep in my daughter's Xterra. Do you have any recommendations on a jump box?
I have 4 different jump boxes, two are the lead acid type (big and bulky but not as effected by ambient temps) and two of the Lithium Ion ones that are a lot smaller and double as a cellphone / USB charger. I have my google calendar remind me to check the charge every 3 months. This is the one I like best:

Amazon.com: GOOLOO 1500A Peak 20800mAh SuperSafe Car Jump Starter with USB Quick Charge 3.0 (Up to 8.0L Gas, 6.0L Diesel Engine) 12V Auto Battery Booster Portable Charger Power Pack Built-in Smart Protection: Automotive

I've used it to jump start a Ford V10 that had a dead battery, two batteries actually it has a duel system. It worked just fine.
 

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Thx peaty. I'll check into it. Nice thing about that is it's easy to toss in a car for a big trip too (cables obviously can too). I've had dead batteries before when camping and nobody around, so a jump box would be great for those situations.
 
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