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Guest Message by DevFuse

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my lights won't stop flashing

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#1 Guest_vanend_*

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Posted 22 June 2003 - 08:42 PM

I have a '99 forester and tonight I took off the battery cables to clean the terminals, now my lights won't stop flashing. the front and back parking lights, dash lights and license plate light keep flashing unless I disconnect the battery cable. what did I do? and how can I stop it?

#2 Guest_Sydfloyd44_*

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Posted 22 June 2003 - 09:12 PM

Something to do with the alarm??????

#3 Guest_vanend_*

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Posted 22 June 2003 - 09:15 PM

No, I don't have an alarm.

#4 Guest_scoobtech_*

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Posted 22 June 2003 - 10:25 PM

hold the unlock button on your remote until they stop.;)

#5 Guest_vanend_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 06:43 AM

thanks Scoobtech. It took awhile for my wife to find the keyless remote (she never uses it) but once she did the problem went away. What was the problem and why did this work?

#6 Guest_Legacy777_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 06:46 AM

You do have an alarm.....it may be a factory one, and not very noticable, but you do have one.

When you disconnect power to the system it freaks out, and holding down the remote button "resets" it or does something like that.

There's a lot of cars that are like that. I worked at a jeep dealership and we were constantly having flashing parking lights and such. Doesn't say much for the factory alarm because you could start the things right up.

#7 Guest_vanend_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 10:07 AM

Thanks Josh. We never knew it had an alarm, not that it would do much good. I just hope I remember about the alarm the next time I disconnect the battery cable.

#8 Guest_Commuter_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 10:51 AM

The way I've heard it put, is that Subaru has used the same module for cars both with and without alarm systems since the keyless entry is also part of the module. If you don't have the alarm, then you won't have a siren (or horn hook up), etc. (Probably some other stuff I don't know about too, eg maybe motion sensor.) If you do have a factory alarm, then they add the bits and pieces to it and there you go.

One wrinkle to this approach is exactly what happened to you. Loss of power for a period of time will put the module into "alarm" mode when hooking power back up. The only manifestation is the blinking lights.

I've seen it come up several times on this board over the past couple of years. SmashPDX was the guy who knew all about this stuff at the time.


#9 Guest_scoobtech_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 09:37 PM

Its no big secret about this . Subaru installs a yellow warning tag on the battery cable that tells you how to turn it off. Its right beside the battery terminal . 0]

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