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Old 02-13-2014, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default Security System- can I disable?

On our "new" 2005 OBS, it appears there is no way to disable or deactivate the security system. Basically to unlock the car you HAVE to you the fob "unlock" button or it activates the alarm. None of my other later model vehicles (Toyota, Honda) does this. I've tried different ways to disable via the owners manual and no matter what I try, when I lock the doors, it activates the security system.

With my other vehicles I don't even carry the fob as it is always locking the doors or setting off the panic alarm when it's just sitting in my pocket (like walking in the parking lot at work, bending over to tie my shoe, and I hear my car honking in the distance sort of thing).

While it's handy to use the fob to lock or unlock the doors I do not need a security system where I live and work, and I would like to be able to just lock and unlock the doors with the key, get in the car, and go.

Am I missing something or is that just the way it is?
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:35 PM   #2
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So if you lock the car, the alarm activates. If you unlock it with the key, your alarm goes off? I'm pretty sure you have an aftermarket alarm. I'll check it on mine tomorrow, but fairly certain that using the key to unlock the door works just fine.

Are you sure it's not aftermarket alarm set-up?
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:34 PM   #3
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So if you lock the car, the alarm activates. If you unlock it with the key, your alarm goes off? I'm pretty sure you have an aftermarket alarm. I'll check it on mine tomorrow, but fairly certain that using the key to unlock the door works just fine.

Are you sure it's not aftermarket alarm set-up?
My 06 acts the same way, I tried (unsuccessfully) to open the car quietly one night by using the key in the door. As soon as I opened the door the alarm went off. With supertones it was a WAKE THE NEIGHBORHOOD NOW kind of fun time.

(stock keyless entry as far as I know)
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:36 PM   #4
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It's a stock Subaru fob, so it should be the factory security system.
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:14 PM   #5
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The factory alarm is armed and disarmed by the factory remote only.... so the key in the door will not disarm the alarm. You can try this sequence, but I'm not 100% sure if it works on the 05...
1. Sit in the car with all doors closed.
2. Turn the ignition ON (2 clicks).
3. Hold the unlock button on the drive side switch and open the door immediately (within 1-2 seconds).
4. Continue holding the button for 10 seconds.
5. Check the odometer/trip meter. If it says AL of then it is deactivated. If it says AL on then the alarm is activated (enabled).
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:22 PM   #6
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You should also be able to put the alarm in valet mode.. not sure how long it will stay disabled though.
1. Disarm alarm with remote.
2. Open driver side door.
3. Press and hold the unlock button on the remote until the security light flashes in the dash.

With all that said, the alarm should not be activating by just locking it with the key. The only thing is that with the newer Subaru's, if you lock it with the switch while the door is opened, it will arm upon closing. Try just using the key in the door to lock AFTER the door is closed and see if it still arms the alarm.
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:09 AM   #7
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You should also be able to put the alarm in valet mode.. not sure how long it will stay disabled though.
1. Disarm alarm with remote.
2. Open driver side door.
3. Press and hold the unlock button on the remote until the security light flashes in the dash.

With all that said, the alarm should not be activating by just locking it with the key. The only thing is that with the newer Subaru's, if you lock it with the switch while the door is opened, it will arm upon closing. Try just using the key in the door to lock AFTER the door is closed and see if it still arms the alarm.
Valet mode seems to be a temporary fix (it has the annoying light flashing 2X per second on the dash). I just tried locking with the just the key and it doesn't arm it. I'd like to not carry the fob around, but if I do I'm sure I'll forget and lock it from the inside button and arm the system.
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:46 AM   #8
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In my 03 I was having a problem where the alarm would randomly go off. It even went off while I was driving a few times. To turn it off, I just pulled the center console and unplugged the security module. I'm not sure if it's the same on your car, but it worked for me.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:52 PM   #9
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I just burnt out my security module in my 02. any suggestions?
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:36 PM   #10
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On our "new" 2005 OBS, it appears there is no way to disable or deactivate the security system. Basically to unlock the car you HAVE to you the fob "unlock" button or it activates the alarm. None of my other later model vehicles (Toyota, Honda) does this. I've tried different ways to disable via the owners manual and no matter what I try, when I lock the doors, it activates the security system.

With my other vehicles I don't even carry the fob as it is always locking the doors or setting off the panic alarm when it's just sitting in my pocket (like walking in the parking lot at work, bending over to tie my shoe, and I hear my car honking in the distance sort of thing).

While it's handy to use the fob to lock or unlock the doors I do not need a security system where I live and work, and I would like to be able to just lock and unlock the doors with the key, get in the car, and go.

Am I missing something or is that just the way it is?
In order to 'deactivate' the alarm, you have to put it in valet mode. There is a sticky on how to do this on your vehicle, and it is located in your owners manual. Once in valet mode, you will be able to open the door with just the key and not activate the alarm.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:37 PM   #11
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So if you lock the car, the alarm activates. If you unlock it with the key, your alarm goes off? I'm pretty sure you have an aftermarket alarm. I'll check it on mine tomorrow, but fairly certain that using the key to unlock the door works just fine.

Are you sure it's not aftermarket alarm set-up?
This is how the OEM Subaru alarm system works....including yours, unless it has been deactivated.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:41 PM   #12
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The factory alarm is armed and disarmed by the factory remote only.... so the key in the door will not disarm the alarm. You can try this sequence, but I'm not 100% sure if it works on the 05...
1. Sit in the car with all doors closed.
2. Turn the ignition ON (2 clicks).
3. Hold the unlock button on the drive side switch and open the door immediately (within 1-2 seconds).
4. Continue holding the button for 10 seconds.
5. Check the odometer/trip meter. If it says AL of then it is deactivated. If it says AL on then the alarm is activated (enabled).
For his vehicle, all he has to do is open the drivers side door and press unlock on the remote until the light on the dash flashes.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:43 PM   #13
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Valet mode seems to be a temporary fix (it has the annoying light flashing 2X per second on the dash). I just tried locking with the just the key and it doesn't arm it. I'd like to not carry the fob around, but if I do I'm sure I'll forget and lock it from the inside button and arm the system.
Once in valet mode, there is no way to re-activate the alarm without reversing the steps with the remote that you used to put it into valet mode
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:44 PM   #14
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In my 03 I was having a problem where the alarm would randomly go off. It even went off while I was driving a few times. To turn it off, I just pulled the center console and unplugged the security module. I'm not sure if it's the same on your car, but it worked for me.
There was obviously an issue with your system...possibly an aftermarket alarm piggy-backing the OEM system....one being turned off but not the other.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:47 PM   #15
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I just burnt out my security module in my 02. any suggestions?
What do you mean by burnt it out? What happened?
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:50 AM   #16
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There was obviously an issue with your system...possibly an aftermarket alarm piggy-backing the OEM system....one being turned off but not the other.
There was definitely an issue with it, but there isn't an aftermarket alarm in my car. I couldn't figure out what was causing it so instead of tearing more of my hair out I just unplugged it and called it good. I'm pretty sure that the module is just messed up.
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:40 PM   #17
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There was definitely an issue with it, but there isn't an aftermarket alarm in my car. I couldn't figure out what was causing it so instead of tearing more of my hair out I just unplugged it and called it good. I'm pretty sure that the module is just messed up.
What was it doing?
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:00 PM   #18
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Randomly resetting and going off. Now and then I'd unlock it with the fob as always, get in, and as soon as I turned the key hit the on position the alarm would go off. The starter wouldn't engage as long as the alarm was freaking out. I'd have to pull the negative battery terminal and reset everything before it would stop and the car would start. There were also a few incidents where the alarm would start going off WHILE I WAS DRIVING. I'd be driving down the road and suddenly the alarm starts going off and, once again, I'd have to pull the negative terminal to get it to quit. It drove me ****ing insane, so I just unplugged the damn thing and called it good.
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:48 AM   #19
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The factory alarm is armed and disarmed by the factory remote only.... so the key in the door will not disarm the alarm. You can try this sequence, but I'm not 100% sure if it works on the 05...
1. Sit in the car with all doors closed.
2. Turn the ignition ON (2 clicks).
3. Hold the unlock button on the drive side switch and open the door immediately (within 1-2 seconds).
4. Continue holding the button for 10 seconds.
5. Check the odometer/trip meter. If it says AL of then it is deactivated. If it says AL on then the alarm is activated (enabled).
Hey! This worked for me!!! Big thx to klarowe for posting tht.

Bought an '06 impreza 2.5i at end of jan. 2013....first subaru,
Really like this car.

So my issue was, The unlock button on key fob doesnt work so i have to manually unlock which causes alarm to go off (until i press lock button on fob).

Looks like i dont have to worry about that anymore!
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