Question about 1998 Subaru Legacy
My passenger door won't unlock on my 2002 Subaru Forester. When I press the power unlock button the lever flips to the open position and then immediately returns to the locked position. Even if you try holding it in the unlocked position it will not allow you to open the door.
I want to fix it, of course, but I first need to get the door open so I can take the panel off.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Car doors won't lock
Have a '03 2.5 Premium Outback and same thing happened. Easy fix this one, it's a flat battery....inside the black case on the end of the key. go to your local Tandy or similar store and buy a CR 1620 battery. Then with a very fine jewelers phillips head screwdriver undo the small black screw at the base of the chrome key shaft. Then carefully and gently pry open the two halves of the black plastic part of the key. The round silver disc inside is the battery. Pry it out and put it in your pocket, (so you don't mix it up with the new one!!!!) and fit the new battery with the numbers etched in the battery facing down. Put the two halves back together, fit the screw back in (most important), then point it at your car. Wallah!
A new battery shouldnt cost anymare than a few bucks, and do both key remote's at the same time, regardless of use, because the batteries are the same age.
Posted on Aug 27, 2008
If it takes that much force to manually open the doors, and it's on the doors that are less used, then I'd bet it's a set of door locks and actuators in need of lubrication.
Electric door lock actuators can easily be stopped or slowed down by resistance in the mechanism. This can be caused by corrosion, water getting into the door, and just old age and lack of use. I'd take the door panels off and take a peek.
On the Legacy the panels pop off fairly easily. You'll need to pry them off carefully with a flat screwdriver. You'll feel where the fasteners are, where the panels are resisting coming off, and prise the panel gently and firmly at these points and they'll pop out. Once out you'll see the lock mechanism.
Moving it by hand will tell if it's corroded or bound up. Apply some white litium grease to the mechanism, making sure to squirt/work it in, and then work the door handle/mechanism to get the lube into the linkage and actuators. Check the electrical contacts for corrosion while there and spray with WD-40 to protect them. This should free up the door mechanism and the actuators should then be able to do their job.
If after the above steps the electric actuators still don't work, use a voltmeter or circuit tester to check for 12V at the actuator when the door button is pressed. If you don't see any power, recheck that fuse and then the wiring back to the door harness. It's unlikely that this is the cause as its unlikely that you'd get only 3 out of 4 bad, but you never know in these old cars.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 28, 2008
The problem I have found many times is the Handle on outside not returning all the way. That makes the lock not release. Check to make sure you push the handle all the way back to the closed position. I have to spray lube on the edges of the hndle every couple months to free it for my wife. Good Luck and have a great day.
Posted on Mar 17, 2009
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Battery Constant 12v+ Positive Wire (+): Black/Yellow
Battery Constant 12v+ Positive Wire Location: Ignition Switch Harness
Starter Positive Wire (+): Blue/Red
Starter Positive Wire Location: Ignition Switch Harness
Ignition Positive Wire (+): Red
Ignition Positive Wire Location: Ignition Switch Harness
Accessory Positive Wire (+): Red/Yellow
Accessory Positive Wire Location: Ignition Switch Harness
Parking Light Positive Wire (+): Red
Parking Light Positive Wire Location: Low In Drivers Kick Panel
Power Door Lock Negative Wire (-): Add Actuator. This vehicle uses a central door locking system. When connecting a keyless entry, you will need to add a door lock actuator and some units will also require (2) extra relays.
Power Door Lock Negative Wire Location: To Drivers Door Only
Power Door Unlock Negative Wire (-): Add Actuator. This vehicle uses a central door locking system. When connecting a keyless entry, you will need to add a door lock actuator and some units will also require (2) extra relays.
Power Door Unlock Negative Wire Location: To Drivers Door Only
Door Trigger Negative Wire (-): Red/White
Door Trigger Negative Wire Location: In Black Plug, Above Hood Release
Domelight Supervision Wire: Use Door Trigger, Requires Relay
Domelight Supervision Wire Location: N/A
Horn Negative Wire (-): Red/Green
Horn Negative Wire Location: At Steering Column Harness
Tachometer Wire Negative Wire (-): Black/Blue
Tachometer Wire Negative Wire Location: At ECM, Under Drivers Side Dash
Brake Light Positive Wire (+): White/Black
Brake Light Positive Wire Location: At Switch Above Brake Pedal
CODE ALARM SYSTEM
Lock: Left button will lock all doors. Double chirp indicates locked.
Unlock: Right button will unlock driver's door only. Hold unlock button app 6 seconds, it will unlock all doors including rear gate. Single chirp indicated unlock.
If the car chirps or lights flash 4x the alarm was triggered.
Panic. Press both buttons to activate emergency honk and flashing lights.
Valet mode: With optional alarm onlyPress the red alarm button on the left of the steering wheel. The light will quickly double flash. To re-set back to normal mode, press the red alarm light button again
Battery failed and lights flashing?
Parking lights will flash when the vehicle's battery is disconnected and reconnected.
To stop lights from flashing, either:
Press remote transmitter "UNLOCK" button once OR turn the ignition switch to the "ON" position and press programming button for one second (see below).
The vehicle interior (courtesy) light and door open warning light (DOOR AJAR indicator) will then illuminate for 60 seconds when the ignition is turned off, or until the doors are locked with the remote transmitter. Yes, the dashboard instrument panel lights will flash when the parking lights flash.
Programming or Overriding the Alarm when you have lost the remote
Open driver's door.
Turn ignition key to 'On'
Press and *hold programming button* in (see diagram, button under dashboard)
After 15 seconds the the door locks will cycle 3 times. Do not release Programming button.
Press lock (left) button the remotes to be programmed. The door locks will cycle one time. Exit programming mode by releasing Programming button under dashboard and turning key to off.
Code Alarm Programming Button is under dashboard on the kick panel by the driver's left knee, left of the steering column. If you can't find it, it might still be tucked up in the wiring harness higher up in that same general area. The botton is recessed in a plastic ring (see diagram).
This button must be pressed while programming remotes or if the battery was disconnected and the lights are flashing.
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