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The remote controls that come with your Subaru Keyless Entry or Upgraded Security System need to be programmed whenever you purchase a new/replacement remote, or in some cases, whenever you replace the battery. This page will give you the tips on how to do so. Any questions or comments may be directed to me here.

There are two types of Subaru keyless entry/security system remote transmitters- one is rectangular in shape with square buttons labelled "lock" and "unlock" and the other is rounder in shape with oval buttons labelled "unlock/disarm" and "lock/arm/panic." Each remote is programmed a bit differently.

Square Remote Transmitter Programming Instructions
1. Open the driver's door
2. Turn the ignition to the "ON" position
3. Locate the programming button. It is located near the OBD-II diagnostic connector above where the driver's feet would be while seated. Press and hold in the programming button for 15 seconds. The door locks will cycle three times, indicating that the system is ready to accept a new remote transmitter. Do not release the programming button during the next steps.
4. Press the "LOCK" button on the new remote. The door locks will cycle once.
5. Repeat step 4 for any additional remotes.
6. Exit programming mode by releasing the programming button and turning the ignition off. Ensure your remotes work properly at this time.

You may program up to four remotes at any one time. If you lose a remote, program the other four times to clear the code for the lost remote until you can replace it. Do not program your remotes with other Subarus in the vicinity- you may be unknowingly programming someone else's remote for your vechicle!
Round Remote Transmitter Programming Instructions
1. Disarm the security system (if so equipped).
2. Open the driver's door and sit in the driver's seat.
3. Close the driver's door.
4. Place the ignition key in the ignition switch and cycle the switch from "LOCK" to "ON" ten times within 15 seconds. Be sure to stop at the "LOCK" position and leave the key in the ignition when you are done. The horn will sound once to indicate that you are in transmitter programming mode.
5. You must finish the next steps within 45 seconds of the horn honking.
  • 1. Open the driver's door.
  • 2. Close the driver's door.
  • 3. Press and release any button on the transmitter. The horn will sound two times to indicate that the transmitter has been programmed.

  • 6. After programming your remote, remove the key from the ignition switch. The horn will sound three times to indicate the system is now out of programming mode. Ensure your remotes work properly at this time

    You may program up to four remotes at any one time. If you lose a remote, program the other four times to clear the code for the lost remote until you can replace it. Do not program your remotes with other Subarus in the vicinity- you may be unknowingly programming someone else's remote for your vechicle!



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