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Old 05-14-2013, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How often do you change the battery? Had mine since last September now the remote is getting flaky. Lock and unlock sometime doesn't work, had to do multiple clicks or move closer to the car.
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You must have had a defective battery, I have had remotes on previous cars and never changed the battery even after 5 years of use.
Check with the dealer it may be covered under the 3/36 warranty
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You must have had a defective battery, I have had remotes on previous cars and never changed the battery even after 5 years of use.
Check with the dealer it may be covered under the 3/36 warranty
Battery is covered under the normal warranty. 3 Yrs and/or 36k miles.
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I too have this same problem. If I get a new battery, do I have to "re-program" the remote?
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My '97 PU still has the original remote battery working perfectly. Tried the spare last month and it still works.
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I too have this same problem. If I get a new battery, do I have to "re-program" the remote?
No re-programming needed, just swap out the battery. Simple to do; remove screw, separate pieces of remote, replace battery, screw back together. An 8 year old can handle this one
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No re-programming needed, just swap out the battery. Simple to do; remove screw, separate pieces of remote, replace battery, screw back together. An 8 year old can handle this one
And the 8 year old may be better able to handle that tiny screw with his/her tiny hands...

I agree with others though, a remote shouldn't go bad that quickly. I had my primary remote replaced at least once under warranty on my last vehicle (not a Subaru), Subaru should cover this.
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Thanks!! Hoppy.....did it, and now works great. Even opens the doors further from when it was brand new!!
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