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Old 12-09-2012, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I locked my '98 Outback with the remote, but when I came back to my car, the remote didn't operate. When I used the key to open the door and tried to start the car the alarm went off. After a while it stopped but then would start again and stop again for the next half hour. AAA said to use the key to lock and unlock the door 2 times but that didn't work. Both the starter and the gear shift were disabled. After about a half hour I tried the remote again and I heard the door locks operate. Then I was able to start the car and drive away. Is there a simpler way to handle this situation?
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You could unplug the unit under the driver side dash, then reprogram the remote.
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I locked my '98 Outback with the remote, but when I came back to my car, the remote didn't operate. When I used the key to open the door and tried to start the car the alarm went off. After a while it stopped but then would start again and stop again for the next half hour. AAA said to use the key to lock and unlock the door 2 times but that didn't work. Both the starter and the gear shift were disabled. After about a half hour I tried the remote again and I heard the door locks operate. Then I was able to start the car and drive away. Is there a simpler way to handle this situation?
or disconnect the battery ... these things seem to reset on its own, when the battery is disconnected ... and re-connected.
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these things seem to reset on its own, when the battery is disconnected ... and re-connected.
don't do this.
when you reconnect the battery the alarm system reads this as an attempt to steal the car. and it will disable the the car UNLESS the ignition key is in the ''run'' position.

in newer models, turning the ignition key on and off 3 times will disable the alrm. i don't remember if the same it true for the 90s models.

look here: Subaru Keyless Entry, Security Alarm, Immobilizer Key, Remote Start Systems. Most years and models

i would replace the battery in the remote. if it works some times and not others there is a reason, a weak battery is very possible. another cause may be dirty contacts in the remote. if the problem continues, i would get a replacement off of ebay. any remote that looks like yours will/ should work after it is programmed.
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Good to know canubaru ... I guess, I am not up to date with "newer" models... thanks!
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Also, if you enter the car with the alarm going off, press the red button that is flashing on the left side of the steering wheel on the dash- that is the valet button. Understand that you will still need to fix the remote issue, but you can use the vehicle.

Later, T.J.
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