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Old 12-23-2011, 09:01 PM   #1
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Default Hard reset on factory Alpine alarm? Reward!

Hello, everyone. I'm very befuddled right now with my car.

Car: 2003 Subaru Outback Limited 5MT equipped with factory Alpine alarm. This same alarm is factory on 2002-2004 Imprezas, 2001-2004 Foresters, and 1999-2004 Legacies.
Objective: Program keyless remote acquired off ebay.
Obstacles:
1) The car is stuck in valet mode (security light on cluster goes blink blink stop blink blink stop etc. while car is off).
2) I have no programmed remote to deactivate the valet mode.
3) As far as I can tell, there is no reset button anywhere beneath the driver's side dash as there is on earlier models.
Attempts made so far:
1) I tried to program the remote, unaware that my car was in valet mode (I thought the blinking security light was normal). I could not get the car into programming mode.
2) Disconnect battery. Wait 2 minutes. Pump brake. Reconnect battery. Valet mode still active.
3) Eat pizza. Ineffective.
4) Pull apart center instrument panel and disconnect the "Subaru Security Unit." The blinking Security light stopped. Reconnect unit, and the light resumed blinking in valet mode.
5) Remove security unit. Dismantle. Examine circuit board, hoping for something as obvious as a CMOS-type battery to pull and reinstall. Ineffective. I don't know anything else about circuit boards.
6) Curse my lord and savior. Ineffective.
QUESTION/PROBLEM
So, is there anyway to "hard reset" this Alpine system, or is the valet mode burned into a hard drive or something.
Reward
To whoever can answer this question in such a way that I am able to understand and successfully follow the instructions will get five or ten dollars sent to his/her paypal account. I'm not sure which yet; deal with it.

Thank you all.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:45 PM   #2
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I have no idea if this will work, but Google indicates this to be the reset:
1. Unlock all doors. Sitting in driver's seat, hold brake down and insert keys into the ignition.
2. Holding down the brake, turn the key from "Lock" to "On," and back again 10 times. Don't start the car. The smoother the motion the better. The Subaru will honk once when you have reset the alarm.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:10 PM   #3
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I have no idea if this will work, but Google indicates this to be the reset:
1. Unlock all doors. Sitting in driver's seat, hold brake down and insert keys into the ignition.
2. Holding down the brake, turn the key from "Lock" to "On," and back again 10 times. Don't start the car. The smoother the motion the better. The Subaru will honk once when you have reset the alarm.
Thank you, but unfortunately people have labeled that as the procedure for resetting the alarm, when it doesn't actually reset it (at least IME). What it's supposed to do is activate the programming mode for programming a new remote. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that programming is possible in valet mode. And to exit valet mode, you need a working remote. Lol.

Thanks for the effort though, it is very appreciated.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:46 PM   #4
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It appears that I may have to replace my security module. I can get a used on off eBay for 20$. It's not much, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth because this is essentially a software issue...I just need to find out how to send a signal to the security module that tells it to disable valet mode. Now, how the **** do I do that. This bothers me a lot for some reason. White people problems.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:12 PM   #5
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Eh, **** me up the butt. I bought a replacement module. 20$ With my luck, this one will be stuck in valet mode as well. Regardless, **** me up the butt. I will update this thread so you guys can see the results of my pain. I figure I'd rather pay twenty dollars than have to deal with the dealer...and probably end up paying MORE.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:28 PM   #6
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Okay...I got the security module. I tried for like an hour to get the car into programming mode. No dice. Then, for who knows why, I set off the alarm on purpose (by locking the car from the inside and opening it with the key). Well, then I pressed the disarm button on the remote, and it worked. Da ****? I'm thinking that the car DID go into program mode when I was trying it, but it just didn't honk because the honky module is messed up.

Only thing now is the horn doesn't go off when the alarm activates. I don't care.

So, lucky me. Solution for a 2003 Outback stuck in valet mode with no remote = 20$ for a used security module.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:31 PM   #7
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Lol at honky module. Glad you got it.
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I enjoyed this read for the humor portion of it, but I had a broken key fob and I needed to program a new one - I failed numerous times, and I just irritated with my alarm going off every time I opened the door manually with the key. So, I just unplugged the Subaru security module (which is right underneath the cup holder in the center console) - it's clearly marked with Subaru Security Unit or something along those lines... unclip the harness and no more alarm. Not a permanent fix, but a good temporary fix for those too lazy to buy a new key fob, or re-program one...
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:31 AM   #9
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I enjoyed this read for the humor portion of it, but I had a broken key fob and I needed to program a new one - I failed numerous times, and I just irritated with my alarm going off every time I opened the door manually with the key. So, I just unplugged the Subaru security module (which is right underneath the cup holder in the center console) - it's clearly marked with Subaru Security Unit or something along those lines... unclip the harness and no more alarm. Not a permanent fix, but a good temporary fix for those too lazy to buy a new key fob, or re-program one...
Good idea! Whenever I open my doors manually with the key, I turn the ignition to "ON" three times in succession to shut the alarm off. If I had to use the key all the time, I would certainly do what you did rather than put the thing in fricken valet mode.
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Yes by turning the key ON LOCK 3 times in 5 seconds your Alpine alarm will be disabled. I believe you need to remove the key once you've completed this. I have the entire programming factory instruction sheet if anyone wants it. Message WRXDano @ www.toronto-subaru-club.com Cheers
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I think the OP had this figured out back in 2011.
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