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Old 09-16-2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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Question Why does my car alarm go off when I unlock the door...every time?

Okay, so heres the deal. 2009 Subaru Impreza, I don't know many other people around here with them but I know what when I use the actual key to unlock the door, the alarm goes off until I use the remote, I haven't actually tried anything else, but it strikes me as odd that my cars keys...make the car go off. Sometimes I forget and it's sort of embarassing

Is there a solution to this, is it normal? What could be going on if it's not normal, thanks.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:22 PM   #2
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Mine does this too, I think this was already discussed but no one had a clear answer
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:23 PM   #3
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That is supposed to happen. It is a theft deterrent to keep people from trying to pick or jimmy the lock.

Solution use the remote to unlock the door.

Also you can get the alarm to stop by sticking the key in the ignition and cranking the car. As soon as the transponder in the key identifies itself with the ECU the alarm will deactivate.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:26 PM   #4
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Wow, that really sucks! I really hate it going off when I have 5 friends around or at school or something...any way to disable it without diabling the alarm itself from doing other things?
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:28 PM   #5
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Umm... don't you have a remote? Use it to unlock the doors. The only time you should stick the key in the door hole is if you've lost the remote or have a dead battery.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:28 PM   #6
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Dude just unlock your car with the keyless entry.

YOu would be CRAZY to put a key in your door, what with the eco-friendly* paint that Subaru uses these days.


*By Eco friendly, I mean water based paint that scratches if you look at it. Seriously, subaru paint is without a doubt, the worst in the entire industry.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:38 PM   #7
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...isn't the point of having a key slot on your car door so you can use a KEY to open it? I don't think I should have to use the remote entry button, I have it but sometimes I just forget, I think it's a completely stupid idea to have it set off an alarm if you use your key to open your door. But god, the Subaru paint does suck, this is a 2009 and it never really goes off road, never been hit, and there are a ton of scratches on it :\
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:46 PM   #8
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That is supposed to happen. It is a theft deterrent to keep people from trying to pick or jimmy the lock.

Solution use the remote to unlock the door.

Also you can get the alarm to stop by sticking the key in the ignition and cranking the car. As soon as the transponder in the key identifies itself with the ECU the alarm will deactivate.
No, it's not supposed to happen. Why would they make a key slot then?

OP, the reason why it's doing that is because your car is in "valet mode" Look it up in your manual on how to turn it off. You can tell if its on or off by looking at the red security light on your gauges. I don't presently remember if beeping repeatedly means its on or if it goes 'beep-beep-pause' means its on.

Lesson here is whenever you have a problem, look in your MANUAL first.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:49 PM   #9
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No, it's not supposed to happen. Why would they make a key slot then?

OP, the reason why it's doing that is because your car is in "valet mode" Look it up in your manual on how to turn it off. You can tell if its on or off by looking at the red security light on your gauges. I don't presently remember if beeping repeatedly means its on or if it goes 'beep-beep-pause' means its on.

Lesson here is whenever you have a problem, look in your MANUAL first.

AH HA! I am not using the valet key though? But okay I have seen that red light before, I will go try to fix the problem!

Alright so...I just did the alarm disable I think, so I pressed and held the unlock button, opened my door and waited, car beeped twice and the odometer read alarm off (or the abreviation) I am not going to test if it worked because I am at school, but I will tonight, thanks.

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Old 09-16-2010, 12:50 PM   #10
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:53 PM   #11
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AH HA! I am not using the valet key though? But okay I have seen that red light before, I will go try to fix the problem!
No no, it doesn't have to do with the valet KEY. The security system is put into a mode called valet mode. Look it up in the manual, it'll be there.

EDIT I'm mistaken, its not in valet mode, it needs to be put IN valet mode.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:01 PM   #12
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No no, it doesn't have to do with the valet KEY. The security system is put into a mode called valet mode. Look it up in the manual, it'll be there.

EDIT I'm mistaken, its not in valet mode, it needs to be put IN valet mode.

Okay, I think it's fixed. Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:04 PM   #13
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Either use the key all the time or use the remote all the time.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:05 PM   #14
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Ah... interesting, didn't know that was something you could switch on/off. My previous experience is with Chevys doing this. Both my Cobalt and my Malibu did.

Personally I never stick my keys in the door, too afraid of scratches caused by keychains dangling everywhere.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:08 PM   #15
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Ah... interesting, didn't know that was something you could switch on/off. My previous experience is with Chevys doing this. Both my Cobalt and my Malibu did.

Personally I never stick my keys in the door, too afraid of scratches caused by keychains dangling everywhere.

And that is why Chevys suck, they have problems that aren't fixable lol.

If you haven't noticed, I hate all American cars haha I'm not a Subaru fanboy as much as I am an Import fanboy, not all imports are good, but in my opinion all domestics suck . So glad I could disable it, hopefully it actually worked, there were a few ladies on the lawn so I didn't feel like setting of my cars alarm...while trying to enter it with my key. Let's just hope it worked!
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I think this is the first time I have ever seen someone complain about having to use key-less door locks. Why would you want to even use the key when you can have the doors unlocked by the time you walk up to the car?
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:55 PM   #17
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I think this is the first time I have ever seen someone complain about having to use key-less door locks. Why would you want to even use the key when you can have the doors unlocked by the time you walk up to the car?
It seems very odd
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Because you're not turning the alarm off first......

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Wow, that really sucks! I really hate it going off when I have 5 friends around or at school or something...any way to disable it without diabling the alarm itself from doing other things?
Not sure how that would work. You either want the alarm to go off when someone opens the door when it's enabled or you don't. How is the car supposed to know whether the owner of the car is the one opening the lock or a thief.
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I think this is the first time I have ever seen someone complain about having to use key-less door locks. Why would you want to even use the key when you can have the doors unlocked by the time you walk up to the car?
Perhaps there are two people that use the car and you only have one remote.
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:54 AM   #20
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Because you're not turning the alarm off first......



Not sure how that would work. You either want the alarm to go off when someone opens the door when it's enabled or you don't. How is the car supposed to know whether the owner of the car is the one opening the lock or a thief.
This. I don't understand the complaint here. Its easier not to use the key to unlock.
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