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My 2017 Outback has problem with battery dying when it sits more than a week.
Well, it’s dead again, and this time all doors are locked. With keyless entry, and no physical key, is there a way to open the hood from outside so I can charge the battery?
Thanks for any suggestions you can give.
 

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Inside the keyless remote, there is a physical key that can be released from the bottom, this key only works in the drivers side door and the hatch (I cant remember if all models have it). Once the Driver's side door is open, you should be able to access the hood release.

 

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There is a physical key. Press the silver button on the back of the fob and pull on the ring. Out slides the key. Use it on the lock on the driver's door. Hold fob to start button and press button if it the battery on fob that's dead and you can start it. If it is the car, release the hood and jump it like you would any other car...

I do the 3 times a week for people parked outside my office and can't figure out why the car alarm is going off and they can't start their car (small town no locked cars). Various brands/models.
 

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Inside the keyless remote, there is a physical key that can be released from the bottom, this key only works in the drivers side door and the hatch (I cant remember if all models have it). Once the Driver's side door is open, you should be able to access the hood release.

Yes everyone, it pays to check your owners manual.


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Inside the keyless remote, there is a physical key that can be released from the bottom, this key only works in the drivers side door and the hatch (I cant remember if all models have it). Once the Driver's side door is open, you should be able to access the hood release.
Canadian Gen 5 Outbacks have a key entry feature on the hatch?
 

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This is why you keep your lithium jump starter under the front seats instead of in with the spare: when the battery is dead you can't open the back hatch, but you can still open the driver's door and access whatever's under the seats.
 

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My 2017 Outback has problem with battery dying when it sits more than a week.
Well, it’s dead again, and this time all doors are locked. With keyless entry, and no physical key, is there a way to open the hood from outside so I can charge the battery?
Thanks for any suggestions you can give.
Beat me by about 4 secs. Lol 😂
My 2017 Outback has problem with battery dying when it sits more than a week.
Well, it’s dead again, and this time all doors are locked. With keyless entry, and no physical key, is there a way to open the hood from outside so I can charge the battery?
Thanks for any suggestions you can give.
 

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Thank you all for your help!
I asked here because my owners manual was INSIDE the locked car! I did find the answer in an online owners manual before I saw your responses.
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Thank you all for your help!
I asked here because my owners manual was INSIDE the locked car! I did find the answer in an online owners manual before I saw your responses.
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Lesson learned for you. Fortunately, I thought of this potential problem before it happened and found my answer in the OM.


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Makes me think there ought to be a back seat release that's accessible from the front somewhere. Then you could drop the back seat to get at whatever you can't reach when the hatch won't open because the battery is dead.
 

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Makes me think there ought to be a back seat release that's accessible from the front somewhere. Then you could drop the back seat to get at whatever you can't reach when the hatch won't open because the battery is dead.
Different than the button on the top of the seat back by the headrest? Like accessible from the drivers seat?
 

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Never knew I had those. They are reachable from the front seat? Will have to try that out sometime.
I also just learned that the rear seats recline slightly. Glad I asked!
 

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Not really accessible from the front seat, but are right there when you open the back doors. Figured maybe you meant another release in the front or something like that.
 

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I did, because I didn't think the rear door could be opened easily from the front if you just had to use the manual key. However, you can get at the lock lever easily.
Thanks for the replies, because I learned something about the rear seats that I never knew. It's the car that just keeps on giving!
 
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