20 Most Recent 1996 Subaru Legacy Questions & Answers

information is always subject to change and correction Used on:
Impreza 1996-2001
Legacy 1995-1999
Forester 1998-2000
codealarmremote2.jpgBattery GP-23A
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 only Press 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.

codealarmremote1.jpgCode 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.

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Jul 10, 2019

Replace the relay.Thats a common thing to fail.

1996 Subaru... | Answered on May 07, 2018

I tried the DIY service and repair manuals from a website and it actually helped me
repair transmission problem in my ford explorer. it wont move forward or reverse, engine is good both solenoids for forward and reverse work.
I don't have much technical knowledge but I just followed it step-wise, and works perfect! got it from www.reliable-store.com

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Mar 23, 2018

check that the car rolls freely
no brake drag or stuck parking brake
which pump is fine the transmission or the fuel pump? stuttering on a u turn would lead me to a fuel pump issue
could this also be from old spark plugs or a combination of two minor issues at the same time since that is a large drop in economy

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Jan 28, 2018

the seat release straps are normally pulled from inside the car. if you need to fish out the missing strap i recommend using a rubber door stopper to make a gap so you can find and hook the strap with say a metal clothes hanger

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Jan 28, 2018

If 20A FUSE 23 in the main fuse box and 20A FUSE 5 in the fuse & relay box are OK, the tail & illumination relay in the fuse & relay box or the combination switch may be at fault.

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Jan 10, 2018

Sounds like a fuse and you should have a diagram on your fuse box that tells you which fuses are what.

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Dec 30, 2017

I don't know much about Subaru but I expect the turbo wastegate is controlled by vacuum which is switched by the engine management system.

In the old days the turbo wastegate was normally closed and the manifold pressure was fed into a servo which opened the gate at the predetermined pressure.

The new way of doing things is to have the wastegate normally open and the turbo producing no pressure until the engine management decides the time is right and it switches a vacuum supply to a vacuum servo which then closes the wastegate. With this system the wastegate is constantly moving and so is unlikely to give trouble though the vacuum servo sometimes leaks and vacuum lines give trouble.

A fellow I know had a similar problem where the engine check light would light up and he would lose performance. In theory this was because of an overboost condition but the repair shop after fiddling around with it for a week fitted a new EGR valve to produce a cure.

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Sep 04, 2017

The globes on tail lights are usually 2 elements so just because ur brake when pressed works doesnt mean the second part of the globe is working id buy new tail light globes or at least see if both little wires are going from one point to the other it looks like 2 little power lines .if top and bottom are both going to the other side tgen its another prob but if top or bottom line are broke then thats the problem hope i didnt confuse u but im sure u will get what i mean when u have alook at the globe

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Aug 28, 2017

If you know how an ABS system works ... or don't know how they (are supposed to) work, there is a signal from each wheel, which are assumed to be turning at the exact same speed. But if one "locks up" during braking, the signal from that wheel stops ... and then the system releases the brake on that wheel, then immediately re-applies that brake, so you may hear or feel pulsations of brake application. That's the way they are SUPPOSED to work. What happens if the device picking up the signal from one or more wheels has a FLAKY signal, because, for instance, the mounting for the sensor is loose ... or bent, so that sometimes it does not sense the signal? Then you have the scenario you have described above!

1996 Subaru... | Answered on May 12, 2017

Sounds like throttle position sensor is not working properly.

Good luck


1996 Subaru... | Answered on Mar 27, 2017

Sorry we have no way to look this up. Please contact a dealer parts dept.

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Mar 21, 2017

If your vehicle has a MAF (mass airflow sensor), try disconnecting it and running the vehicle. If it runs ok ... suspect the MAF.

Commonly, a fault with the MAF does not cause an engine check light

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Mar 07, 2017

if its front wheel drive yes. rear wheel drive, no.

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Dec 29, 2016

Run engine without switching any of the items and connect a voltmeter to your battery. It should read more than 13volts. If less than that but reads about 12.5V then check drive belt tension. If it reads OK (above 13V but not exceeding 14.5V) then switch on each item individually to check for biggest voltage drop. The one that creates the biggest drop maybe the one that creates that drain. If drop only happens when ALL items are on. then your alternator may need servicing because it could not cope with large loads. Also check all wires connected to it (alternator).

1996 Subaru... | Answered on Dec 29, 2016

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