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Old 04-15-2019, 12:26 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I managed to lock myself out of my 2002 WRX with the key in the ignition. Tried all the usual tips (coat hanger etc.) but nothing worked. I bought the car 4 months ago and the PO gave me an extra subaru branded key with a black plastic part on the handle which the actual key does not have. He claimed it was the trunk key however I've tried it on the trunk and it doesn't work on that or for unlocking the doors. Research indicates it may be the valet key, however if it doesn't unlock the doors what's the point? Was I given a key for the wrong Subaru?
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:37 PM   #2
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IIRC, the valet key is for the front door locks and ignition, not the trunk or glove-box.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:55 PM   #3
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That's what I saw, however it doesn't work for the doors either. Could it possibly be because my main key is in the ignition?
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:42 PM   #4
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The OEM master key has plastic on it with little nubbins on one side. The valet key has no plastic at all.
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:38 PM   #5
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no it wouldn't affect functionality in that regard...its possible the car may have been re-keyed at some time or they gave you the wrong key for the car...
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:20 PM   #6
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You got a wrong key. A valet key does doors and ignition......but not glovebox or trunk.

You should have frameless door windows......get a rag, bug screwdriver, flag pole off a kids bike (or similar).
Pry the glass out a bit (rag is fulcrum for screwdriver so you don't scratch paint, etc.) and use the flag pole to hit the unlock button on the far side door.

I know, I did that 2 hours after I bought my Subaru. Keys were sitting on drivers seat (3 keys, both remotes) and door blew closed with locks activated.
Fargghhhh......
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