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Old 04-21-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default 02 WRX - Refusing to go into Programming mode for key fob

So I bought a blue/orange button OEM Subaru key fob for my 02 WRX for the fact that I got tired of opening my doors with a key. I looked up the programming sequence "open/shut door, cycle key 10-12 times" and it seemed pretty straight forward, but once I do the door step and cycle my key, the car does not honk at me to tell me about its programming mode. I can restart the process however many times, and cycle the key however many times, and it still does not do anything. I reset the battery thinking I was in Valet mode, still nothing. I just really want to use a remote...
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:37 PM   #2
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C'mon, am I the only one with this issue?
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:35 PM   #3
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C'mon, am I the only one with this issue?
Did you make sure it wasnt in valet mode? If you've been opening the car the whole time without the alarm going off then its in valet mode. There is a sticky on how to get it out of valet mode in the section
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:26 PM   #4
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The vehicle is in VALET MODE
**Make sure the alarm is disarmed.
**Open the drivers side door.
**Press and hold unlock on the remote until the security light on the dash stops flashing.

EDIT: If you used to have an older style remote for MY 02-06, the trunk release button on the replacement (teardrop) remote can also be used to put the alarm in and out of valet mode.

NOTE: To put back in VALET MODE, repeat the above steps.
Right right, valet modes that stupid thing that has to be cured with a programmed remote. See my problem is is that the car never came with a remote, so I had to get one myself. I reset the battery, and no security light, so I assume no valet mode.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:34 PM   #5
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Right right, valet modes that stupid thing that has to be cured with a programmed remote. See my problem is is that the car never came with a remote, so I had to get one myself. I reset the battery, and no security light, so I assume no valet mode.
If the alarm is not going off when you open the door with the key, its In valet made. Disconnect the battery for a few minutes. Then follow rhe instructions in the sticky to program the remote. Make sure you are turning the key to the on position...tou can keep cycling it fast until you hear the beep.

Also make sure someone didnt pull amy fuses before you bought it
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Old 04-24-2014, 02:12 PM   #6
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Honestly, I've told you that I reset the battery 3 times already, you're not helping...
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:21 PM   #7
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If the alarm is not going off when you open the door with the key, its In valet made. Disconnect the battery for a few minutes. Then follow rhe instructions in the sticky to program the remote. Make sure you are turning the key to the on position...tou can keep cycling it fast until you hear the beep.

Also make sure someone didnt pull amy fuses before you bought it
if you dont lock the car with a remote then you never set the alarm.
im curious to see what comes of this as i have a key fob that is programmed to my old car that i totaled and would like to program it to my new wrx (which didnt come with a key fob)
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:55 PM   #8
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You can always go to a dealer. My '06 flat refused to program -- apparently the programming details changed mid-model year.

Whatever your problem, the dealer can fix it. Maybe a last resort for you (it was for me) but they can and will fix it. Just make sure when you come in you bring documantation to prove it's your car!
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Old 04-24-2014, 04:26 PM   #9
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Does/did the car have a turbo timer?
If so it's possible the key sense wire was cut to allow the alarm to arm while the timer runs. This will make it impossible to program a remote unless the wire is reconnected.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:19 PM   #10
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if you dont lock the car with a remote then you never set the alarm.
im curious to see what comes of this as i have a key fob that is programmed to my old car that i totaled and would like to program it to my new wrx (which didnt come with a key fob)
Incorrect...for some models.

You can lock the door with the door lock button and the alarm will still arm (as long as its not in valet mode)
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:24 PM   #11
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Honestly, I've told you that I reset the battery 3 times already, you're not helping...
Are you using a master key or valet key (does it open the glove box)?

When you cycle the key, how far forward toward the dash are you going> what position is the key in?

Have you tried 12-15 times turning the key?

Did it have a turbo timer? (like Mulder asked)

Are all the windows and doors completely closed?

Did it ever have an aftermarket alarm?
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So I bought a blue/orange button OEM Subaru key fob for my 02 WRX for the fact that I got tired of opening my doors with a key. I looked up the programming sequence "open/shut door, cycle key 10-12 times" and it seemed pretty straight forward, but once I do the door step and cycle my key, the car does not honk at me to tell me about its programming mode. I can restart the process however many times, and cycle the key however many times, and it still does not do anything. I reset the battery thinking I was in Valet mode, still nothing. I just really want to use a remote...
I also have this problem and I have a video of me trying to get the program to work and it does not work I also do not have the remote to undo the valet mode if it is in this program can anyone help me?
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Old 05-12-2021, 05:05 PM   #13
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I'm in the same situation. Lost my keys about a couple months ago and have been attempting to get my car into program mode for so long now. I can get the alarm to arm by using the button on the door to lock and turn it off the alarm(while its going off) by cycling the key 3 times in the ignition. But other than that it won't program. So I know its receiving a signal and responding to it. but cant get it into programming mod so its odd situation.
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Old 05-13-2021, 05:00 PM   #14
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I'm in the same situation. Lost my keys about a couple months ago and have been attempting to get my car into program mode for so long now. I can get the alarm to arm by using the button on the door to lock and turn it off the alarm(while its going off) by cycling the key 3 times in the ignition. But other than that it won't program. So I know its receiving a signal and responding to it. but cant get it into programming mod so its odd situation.
make sure the battery is not dead in the FOB

Try the following:


Originally Posted in https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=1636339
For 2001-2006 Models:
(the oblong remote with either 2 grey buttons or a blue and orange button)
EDIT: Replacement remotes are the newer teardrop shape, but are programmed the same way. The 'trunk' button is another way to put the alarm in and out of valet mode.

**Make sure all windows, doors, hood and trunk are closed.
**Get in and close the door.
**Turn the key in the ignition to the 'ON" position 10 times within 15 seconds
**You should hear the horn/chirp
**Open and close the drivers side door.
**Press one button on the remote
**Open and close the drives side door
**If you have other remotes, repeat the last 2 steps for all remotes
**Remove key from the ignition
**The horn should beep/chirp again
**Check remote(s)

NOTE: If you mess up during any of the steps, remove the key from the ignition, open and close the drivers side door and start over.

NOTE: You must program all remotes at the same time. Remotes not programmed at the same time will no longer work.

My experience is that the above can take a couple tries to get right. its a PITA as i recall

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Old 08-08-2021, 07:25 PM   #15
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the last post above is the Correct Procedure for 02-07 Impreza's for sure. "kidney" shaped remote with orange/blue buttons.

On my '04 WRX Sport Wagon it worked great first couple times. Last 2 attempts not so much.. things I've learned and tricks to avoid issues.

Learned:
1. Take primary key OFF the gaggle of keys and Remote, have only the KEY in the ignition.
1.b. Remote loose from the gaggle as well

2. parking brake SET headlights OFF. Parking brake = DRL's OFF

3. don't depress the clutch or brake pedal.

4. the more fluid you can go from full off to ON. NOT START/CRANK It'll take a little practice. don't get discouraged. like its been said, if you are wondering if you messed up, pull the key, open the driver's door. Close it, start again.

5. Double check the 2025 battery is NEW as possible. Also be sure that the cold solder joint on the left side (top off- the cover with buttons) is solid. I've had (3) "new" remotes where the cold solder joints were broken.

5B. quick fix: Loctite Blue Super Glue Gel Control, hold the tab down and put a VERY SMALL dab of glue at the contact point while holding the tab down firmly. I've done this 4-5 times and my current fob is almost 4 years old. Just changed a battery this past week.

6. Because now the 2-button "Kidney" Remotes are $14/pr on ebay all day long, or less.

~Rob
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Old 08-08-2021, 10:07 PM   #16
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make sure the battery is not dead in the FOB

Try the following:


Originally Posted in https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=1636339
For 2001-2006 Models:
(the oblong remote with either 2 grey buttons or a blue and orange button)
EDIT: Replacement remotes are the newer teardrop shape, but are programmed the same way. The 'trunk' button is another way to put the alarm in and out of valet mode.

**Make sure all windows, doors, hood and trunk are closed.
**Get in and close the door.
**Turn the key in the ignition to the 'ON" position 10 times within 15 seconds
**You should hear the horn/chirp
**Open and close the drivers side door.
**Press one button on the remote
**Open and close the drives side door
**If you have other remotes, repeat the last 2 steps for all remotes
**Remove key from the ignition
**The horn should beep/chirp again
**Check remote(s)

NOTE: If you mess up during any of the steps, remove the key from the ignition, open and close the drivers side door and start over.

NOTE: You must program all remotes at the same time. Remotes not programmed at the same time will no longer work.

My experience is that the above can take a couple tries to get right. its a PITA as i recall

Thisís the right step to take
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