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Old 07-31-2008, 01:44 PM   #401
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106. ChrisM - My friends jsut started to fail too.
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:41 PM   #402
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I judge the dealership when they blow me off and tell me to come back if it fails, or tell me it is working fine, I also judge Subaru. They aren't winning my confidence.
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:32 AM   #403
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I judge the dealership when they blow me off and tell me to come back if it fails, or tell me it is working fine, I also judge Subaru. They aren't winning my confidence.
I wouldn't blame Subaru per se; I would blame your dealership. My Subaru Dealership took care of my chirp problem no questions asked the first time around. This was before it was even a well known problem. They replaced it under warranty and I was out of there in less than an hour.

Is there another dealership near you? You may want to see if you will have better results at a different one...

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Old 08-04-2008, 12:45 AM   #404
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where is the buzzer located in 06-07 imprezas? mine recently went out after washing my car
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:29 PM   #405
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I wouldn't blame Subaru per se; I would blame your dealership. My Subaru Dealership took care of my chirp problem no questions asked the first time around. This was before it was even a well known problem. They replaced it under warranty and I was out of there in less than an hour.

Is there another dealership near you? You may want to see if you will have better results at a different one...

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How many miles are on your car though? I called in yesterday to my Subaru dealer and they said they won't warranty it cuz I'm over the 36,000mi. manufacturer warranty.
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Old 08-13-2008, 05:11 AM   #406
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At the time I had less than 36k on my car. Obviously they aren't going to warranty it if they aren't obligated to do so...

You could/should be able to fix it yourself. All it is, is a chime box that you need to replace. Unless there's something special about the one Subaru uses; you could probably just unhook it and plug in your own chime box of choice. "La Cucaracha" anyone?
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:40 AM   #407
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for the 05 wrx is the beep/chirp horn on the passenger side of the rear engine bay, I think the front two horns on the 05 is just the regular horns can anyone confirm this or this part #88021SA001 for the soft chirp? thank you.
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:59 PM   #408
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I can't believe I've never seen this thread before, but I've had this problem almost the entire time I've owned the car (2005 WRX, bought it with 6k now has 36k). My car will always lock and the lights always blink, but it chirps intermittently. I would say it chirps about 75% of the time. I've brought it to the dealer a couple of times. The first time they replaced the module. It was good for a while then started again. I went back and they replaced my key fob, module and buzzer. Again it worked for a month or so and began with intermittent failure again. Since my car still locks and it chirps most of the time I decided the hell with it and haven't worried about it since. Annoying but minor problem for me.
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:50 PM   #409
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Revnu, my thoughts exactly. I'll probably just find a different chirp/chime box and replace that little one thats in front of the radiator. I confirmed it was dead by removing it and checking the wires running to it with an LED and it still has power. Checked the little box with a battery and no workie.



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for the 05 wrx is the beep/chirp horn on the passenger side of the rear engine bay, I think the front two horns on the 05 is just the regular horns can anyone confirm this or this part #88021SA001 for the soft chirp? thank you.
I think the one in the engine bay is for when the alarm goes off (correct me if I'm wrong). The one that makes the beep/alarm arming sound is in front of the radiator.



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I can't believe I've never seen this thread before, but I've had this problem almost the entire time I've owned the car (2005 WRX, bought it with 6k now has 36k). My car will always lock and the lights always blink, but it chirps intermittently. I would say it chirps about 75% of the time. I've brought it to the dealer a couple of times. The first time they replaced the module. It was good for a while then started again. I went back and they replaced my key fob, module and buzzer. Again it worked for a month or so and began with intermittent failure again. Since my car still locks and it chirps most of the time I decided the hell with it and haven't worried about it since. Annoying but minor problem for me.
Lol, ^ thats exactly what mine was doing. It sounded like it was getting choked a couple times.
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:54 AM   #410
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The busted alarm buzzer was getting to me so I decided to remove it and pull it apart to find out why it wasn't working and figured why not take a few pics and make kind of a diy of how I was able to make mine work again. Best part about it was, aside from a little time spent, it was free!

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Step One:
Remove the grille by pressing down on the tabs in the locations shown on the pics and pull the grille up and out.



Step Two:
With the grille out of the way, unplug the wiring to the buzzer by pressing in on the tab on the back of the connector. Unbolt the 10mm bolt holding the buzzer mount on the radiator support and remove the buzzer.



Step 3:
This is the point of no return, you may end up damaging or breaking the case and or buzzer so be willing to sacrifice it for a new one if you end up damaging it too much.

I went barbarian on this thing and used wire clippers to snap the back section of the buzzer off right at the seam. In retrospect I probably could've borrowed someones dremmel to make a small cut and separate it, but this way worked for me so.....

The reason my buzzer (and I assume many others) stopped working, is because of the weak solder connection between the wiring inside of the buzzer and the connector pins. Use your pick or screwdriver and check the soldered connection by pushing or pulling on it VERY LIGHTLY to see if the connection has been broken, if it has, proceed, if not you need to just replace the buzzer with a new one or an alternative.



I checked the buzzer to see if it was still good by touching it to the poles of a 9V battery (below).



Edit: I separated the buzzer from the case, however this isn't really necessary. Just bare a couple spots on the ends of the wiring inside the buzzer so you can test it. Once you've checked to make sure the buzzer is still good, move the wires enough to be able to clean out that white silicon crap that's covering the contacts that the wires are supposed to be soldered to. I used a pick and a flat screwdriver to scrape it off.


Step 4:
After making sure the buzzer still works, clean off the spots on the case where the wiring was soldered. Bare a short section of wire on each lead, place the buzzer back in the case (if you removed it) and solder the wires as shown and make sure each has a good connection. I plugged my buzzer back in to make sure it worked on the car before sealing it back up. After making sure it works, press the case back together and seal it with some RTV silicone. After mine dried, I taped electrical tape around the seam to help hold it together and make sure it stays sealed.




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Old 08-17-2008, 03:15 PM   #411
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^ i id this to mine last night. the wires were completely not making connection with the contacts. I replaced the 22 gauge (i think) wire with a 12 gauge wire. soldered everything and tested it. Then I took some JB weld and put it all over the inside, and made sure it sealed well.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:24 AM   #412
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Hope this fixes mine

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Old 08-19-2008, 12:54 AM   #413
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well it did, thanks for the pics!
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:24 PM   #414
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No problem, hopefully this helps others out as well. I think the combination of water being able to get in there and the vibration that the part is subjected to constantly, causes those weak soldered connections to break. Hey, at least we saved a few $$$ right?

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Old 08-23-2008, 09:02 PM   #415
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DriftIt...... Thanks sooo much for doing that. All my chirp prayers have been answered!!!

The clown in charge of the service department, "Barry Service" (yeah his last name really is service), at Barber Subaru of Ventura made me buy a brand new $68 dollar security system relay interrupt, because he was "sure" it would solve my problem, but my chirp still didn't work, but your solution did!!! and it was easy!! Thanks again.

I think this might serve as the solution for many, if not all WRX owners with a chirp problem.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:01 AM   #416
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WorldRallyX05 - glad it worked for you. Now go get yer $68 bux back!!
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:46 AM   #417
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WorldRallyX05 - glad it worked for you. Now go get yer $68 bux back!!
...seriously!

Thanks again! I'll definitely be passing this DIY guide on to anyone and everyone I know with this problem... you'll soon be a God
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Old 08-28-2008, 03:45 PM   #418
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Nice, it fixed my problem!
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:09 PM   #419
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Any way to bypass the buzzer and make the horn honk instead?

I have an 05 WRX 66,000 miles. Buzzer worked in dry weather and intermitant in damp, humid or wet weather. Now the buzzer only works when it chooses... wet or dry outside.
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Only problem with that is it's going to honk when you lock AND unlock. Most cars that have the feature to honk when you use the keyless entry only do it when you lock it, not when you unlock it. It's really easy to fix the buzzer but if you would rather hear the horn beep I'm sure it would be fairly easy.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:26 PM   #421
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Only problem with that is it's going to honk when you lock AND unlock. Most cars that have the feature to honk when you use the keyless entry only do it when you lock it, not when you unlock it. It's really easy to fix the buzzer but if you would rather hear the horn beep I'm sure it would be fairly easy.
Could you just wire into the horn?
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:31 PM   #422
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just saw this thread... saw the DIY....

mine went out about a month after i bought the car (new btw).

ooh... i have a 2007 wrx
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:20 PM   #423
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Does anyone know where you can buy an aftermarket chirper. I have looked all over the web with no results?
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Old 09-03-2008, 08:38 PM   #424
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^^^
Check Autozone, NAPA, Harbor Freight, etc.

You can also check your local junkyard/pick-a-part. Pretty much anything will work that is 12v; old toys, electronics, etc, the possibilities are endless!
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107 - 2007 STi, NASIOC, IWSTI, I-club

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