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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Problem - continuous buzz, even with car off 2017 outback

I got a new 2017 outback a few weeks ago to replace my 05. We had a snowstorm last night, this morning I used my dealer supplied remote to start the car, then went out to brush off the snow. When I got in the car, there was an electrical buzz or chime that was continuous. I started the car, buzz stayed on. Turned off car, buzz still on. Repeated that several times, even opened a window, turned off car, got out and locked it, and the buzz is still on. It is obviously trying to tell me something, but I don't know what. I have cleaned off the snow from the windshield, and I am not getting any warnings about Eyesight not working, but am clueless about the buzz, and am concerned that if it continues all day and night the battery will drain. Can't find anything in the manual. The closest I can find is the continuous chime when you leave the car in drive and open the door, but I did that, and it is a different sound. Any suggestions? Also brushed snow off the front and rear, thinking there was a sensor issue, still a constant buzz. Drove the car a block or two to see if some snow had gotten on a sensor, but still have a buzz. Totally out of ideas - other than to disconnect the battery - but not sure what I will have to do to reset things.

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Actually, finally figured it, boy do I feel stupid. I disconnected battery, then reconnected, still got the beep. Then went back and disconnected the battery, and the sound stayed on - realized it was a battery operated recorder, the lever must have moved it was sounding for the end of the tape. The good news, even though the battery was disconnected for several seconds, I did not have to reprogram the radio settings or window auto up.
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LOLZ. Reminds me of a story where a "friend" took his lagacy to the dealer to diagnose a thumping sound during hard braking. Dealer had interior halfway out when they found a baseball under the drivers seat.
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Actually, finally figured it, boy do I feel stupid. I disconnected battery, then reconnected, still got the beep. Then went back and disconnected the battery, and the sound stayed on - realized it was a battery operated recorder, the lever must have moved it was sounding for the end of the tape. The good news, even though the battery was disconnected for several seconds, I did not have to reprogram the radio settings or window auto up.
Funny story! I also haven't heard anyone refer to an actual real-life tape recorder in quite a while!
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This is like what happened to my wife this weekend. we had new windows installed and my wife claimed that one window was leaking air from outside, so to appease her I called the installer and had them come out yesterday to diagnose/fix the issue. they were super nice and the installer looked at the window agreed there was air leaking through and proceeded to latch the window and low and behold the air leak was fixed, only one of the 2 latches were locked. It happens to everyone at some time. LOL
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LOLZ. Reminds me of a story where a "friend" took his lagacy to the dealer to diagnose a thumping sound during hard braking. Dealer had interior halfway out when they found a baseball under the drivers seat.
My girlfriend did that in our Citroën Visa once, on the Autobahn to Berlin. She noticed a strange sound whenever she braked and accelerated, so she took the car to a mechanic. He drove it for 30 seconds, braked, grinned like a maniac, reached under the driver's seat, grabbed something...it was a Coke bottle that had been rolling back and forth.

Nice guy, didn't even charge her.
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Not as loud as a bowling ball in the trunk.

A few years ago, a neighbor with a Camry was all worried about his car making an "irregular loud clunking noise" that sounded like it was coming from the rear suspension mostly when braking or turning.

He took me for a ride around the block and when we stopped I asked him to open the trunk. There was his bowling ball, that had slipped out of its bag and was rolling around freely.

Talk about a loud clunking noise...
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This reminds of when I took my Tahoe into my local Chevy dealer, for routine service, and since it was there, I had them check a rattling sound that was driving me crazy!! I had checked everything (or so I thought.), I took it to the dealer, and they found that a snow shovel I kept in the car, in the Winter, was rattling against the back seat. I had it stuck between the rear cargo area, and the back seat! Rattle gone!! LOL.


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