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Security system not working as it used to

A couple of days ago, my battery got very low and I almost couldn't start my car. Somehow, this affected how the security system operates. Prior to this, when I used the control to lock or unlock my doors, the lights would flash (I turned the horn off long ago.); now, the lights don't flash. Also, now when I get in my car, even when the doors are not locked, the security light is flashing. Never did that before. It goes away when I turn the ignition on.

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  • AndyNC Nov 25, 2008

    It was amazing to read your description. I can't say for certain, but I suspect that the same thing happened when I replaced my battery. I do remember seeing the security light flashing on the dashboard and couldn't figure out whether it had always done that and I was oblivious to it, or whether it had started anew. After reading your posting, I suspect it started anew.

  • cmitch1704 Nov 29, 2008

    I have just had the same problem. My wife has a 2001 Forester and the original battery died. So I replaced it and now the security light is flashing twice. I checked the manual but it says nothing about a double flash only for 1,3 and 4 flashes.. Anyone know how to reset the security system so I can make it all work correctly again?

  • phanny22 Dec 03, 2008

    My '01 Forrester's security system is also flashing twice. This didn't begin with a low battery, but when someone tried to open the door when the system was armed. Recently, the lights stopped flashing when I lock or unlock the car. My battery is only 2-yrs old. Does the flashing security light drain the battery?

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I read this on the subaru tech bulletin page
i had the same problem - apparently i had inadvertently put the system into "valet" mode
to get back to normal, unlock with remote - open drivers door - hold down the unlock button on your remote for 2-3 sec - the flashing light will go out and your system should be back to normal
it's too bad the manual doesn't supply information about activating and deactivating "valet" mode
good luck

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Also having the double flashing security light issue. Tried the above solution (which is also in the owners manual). Heard the locks work, but no change in the "valet mode" blinking light. Some forums describe a "valet Mode" button under the dash. Don't find one. Battery seems fine. Stuck for an answer.

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