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Kinda hard for my wife to keep the mirror in her purse.

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Sounds like she needs a bigger purse. ;)

We weighed my mom's purse once and it was 25lbs. She started carrying just a wallet after that.

It's weird to me that 1/2 of us have to use the key and 1/2 don't. Someone here said that both wires are there, one is acc and one is always hot.
 

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My 2011 Premium does not require the key for Homelink to function. I guess the theory is most people leave the garage door remote clipped to the visor, that wouldn't require a key to operate except to get in the vehicle.
 

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Simple solution:

Lock the door between your house and garage, and don't keep anything expensive in the garage.

Add a keyless lock to the door between house/garage if you can't be bothered to fiddle with keys.

I don't think homelink functionality when key is off should be something you should concern yourself with too much. If they're willing to break out the window to your car to break into your house, they're willing to break a window in your house as well.

You could modify it to work either way you want, though. It shouldn't lose its memory if you moved the constant power lead over to a switched power source, for a couple of reasons:

1) If rolling code, the opener stores the "code", not the transmitter.
2) If fixed code (older garage door openers) and the mirror "cloned" the code from one of your other transmitters, the mirror should store this in nonvolatile memory. Might not, but it's a pretty poor design if it didn't.
 

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Simple solution:

Lock the door between your house and garage, and don't keep
anything expensive in the garage.
No wurries, let MotherSoobie organize your garage -- and your life.

...DOTE! It's what makes a fanboy a fanboy.

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Does anyone newer than 2010 have to use the key?
Just confirmed on my '13 that Homelink works without the key

And I'm the one who said both power sources are available to the mirror. If I were worried about this, I'd change the wiring to power Homelink from the switched source.
 

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Just confirmed on my '13 that Homelink works without the key

And I'm the one who said both power sources are available to the mirror. If I were worried about this, I'd change the wiring to power Homelink from the switched source.
Budaru do you have pictures or an explaination of the area where the wires are? Maybe people who want to change it could do the same as you did?

Must be trim related.
Doesn't appear that way. I suppose you could be right and it might be option related, but there are people reporting limiteds and premiums as being different. I can't explain it either way. I thought all cars were like mine and required the key. :confused:


My 2011 Premium does not require the key for Homelink to function. I guess the theory is most people leave the garage door remote clipped to the visor, that wouldn't require a key to operate except to get in the vehicle.
^ Same for our 2011 Premium (**no key required)

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'14 same here^ (**no key required)
My '13 Limited needs no key for Homelink.
Interesting, my 2010 3.6 Limited must have the key in either the accessory or on position before the Homelink works.
My Highlander is on all the time my OB is only on with the key.
 

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Must be trim related.
Or maybe a configurable mirror behavior -- with an undocumented setup
tap dance? "Push these three buttons while whistling Yankee Doodle."

...kinda like calibrating the compass,

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Lol thumbs up for konami code :)
 

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Maybe it's related to which mirror is in the vehicle? I'm pretty sure there were different mirrors, even different ones with Homelink, right?

My 2011's mirror has HL, the compass and the BU camera. Had I not gotten the Moonroof/camera package I think I could have still gotten HL and the compass on the mirror.
 

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RE Novablue's request

I didn't take photos since I was only hooking up my Escort radar detector. The is a 4 pin connector visible behind the mirror. I used a multimeter to determine the switched pin. The wires are black (ground), black-green, brown, and black-red. Sorry I don't remember which of the pins is switched and which is full time hot, but that's easy to determine.
 

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I have a 2016 OB 3.6R Ltd. with remote keyless entry.The Homelink is programmed to my 8355W Liftmaster garage door opener. The button on the Homelink mirror opens the garage door regardless of whether I may the ignition on or off. This concerned me because someone could break into my OB (without breaking a window) and open my garage door. I called Homelink for advice and the told me this is the way Subaru "set-up" the Homelink system in this model. I do lock the man door in my garage that goes into the house. And I can "lock" the Liftmaster from the wall mount switch to prevent a signal from any transmitter opening the door. But I have considered going back to keeping a Liftmaster handheld transmitter in the car, and taking it in the house when I park. (Pain in the butt...)
 
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