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2001 Subaru Outback security code won't stop flashing !

After giving my car a through interior spring clean, the red security light behind the steering wheel is now flashing twice (not a code listed in owners manual) and will not stop flashing. My searching online leads me to believe that I now have the car in valet mode but my attempt to re-arm the alarm by holding the small remote button has failed, as well as other "resetting" suggestions in owners manual. It does not flash while driving but still its driving me crazy! Besides I fear my car no longer is armed with an alarm.
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  • toma61 May 28, 2008

    I have the exact same problem with my 2000 Subaru Outback.

  • jcbreck Nov 12, 2008

    Same problem with my 2002 Outback. Any luck resolving it?

  • milton200898 Dec 16, 2008

    Thanks!  I had to same issue and that resolved it!  I couldn't find anything in the user manual that even talked about valet mode.  When I went to other sites I figured out that must have been the problem, but it gave an alternative method to enable the system that didn't work!  Thanks again!

  • kaga3 Jan 05, 2009

    Security light flashes continuosly, lights no longer flash twice. Tried all methods in the manual but to no avail. How can I reset the security alarm?

  • ms_femi
    ms_femi Jul 03, 2013

    I had that problem...also car would not start. The parking attendant at my garage worked it out with the remote.


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Im a service manager at a Subaru dealer. The security system is in valet mode. Open the drivers door, with the drivers door open hold the small unlock button on the remote and keep holding it until the light stops flashing.

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  • Jean Todd
    Jean Todd Nov 25, 2013

    This didn't work for me. Anything else to try?


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