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Just replaced the battery in my subaru forester and the lights won't stop flashing. I cannot locate the "reset button" under the steering wheel or anywhere on the dash. I don't have a key fob.

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  • skinnyartist Jun 27, 2009

    There is no alarm sound. There is a clicking sound like a turn signal, and the headlights won't turn off. This solution did not work.

  • skinnyartist Jun 27, 2009

    I don't have a key fob. Is there any way to do this manually?

  • skinnyartist Jun 27, 2009

    Ok, i followed your instructions exactly. I held the key in the unlock position for about 4 minutes and the clicking would not stop. The lights are still on. I believe my owner's manual has troubleshooting instructions, but only for vehicles with keyless entry. I do not have keyless entry. Should I have held the key in "unlock" for a longer period?

  • skinnyartist Jun 27, 2009

    I also absolutely cannot find the reset button. I scanned the entire dash, pedals, and under the dash. I asked somebody else to try to find it. I even checked the owner's manual and there is no reset button in the indicated location.



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Sounds like the car is in "valet" mode. Probably defaulted to valet mode when it detected a sudden loss of power. To reset to normal mode, open the door, Press unlock/disarm button on remote key fob for 3 seconds. This should reset everything back to normal. Best of luck.

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    Greg Margossian Jun 27, 2009

    With the door open, place your key in the lock, lock the door with the key, then unlock the door and hold it in that position until security lights go out. This should reset the security lights and enable you to operate normally.

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    Greg Margossian Jun 27, 2009

    Forgot to mention, if locking and unlocking the driver's door doesn't reset the security system, sometimes, Subaru has a reset button located under the dash. I'd try using the key to reset it first, then, if all else fails, look under the dash for a reset button.

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    Greg Margossian Jun 27, 2009

    Can only think of 1 other possibility; some subaru's have a battery drain switch. It's usually located on the top of the steering column and enables you to keep the lights on and remove the key. I'm hoping this is it because I can only imagine how frustrating this is for you. Best of luck. Got fingers x'd here.



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The key in the ignition and starting it should do the trick. After you start it the alarm will stop going off. Whenever the battery completely dies and you put power to it again the same thing will happen.

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