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How to lock doors without arming alarm? 2016 Outback Limited

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On long drives with my dogs I occasionally need to make a quick pit stop.  Is there a way to lock them safely in the car for a minute or so without arming the alarm?  (I don't want them to set it off accidentally).  The "Valet" option seems like it might work, but I wondered if there is something simpler.  2016 Outback Limited with keyless access (no push button start).  Thanks.

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Do you have a lock/unlock door switch (usually found on the inside of the driver's door, with the window switches)?

If so, activating that switch, and then closing the doors, might just do what you want.

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Do you have a lock/unlock door switch (usually found on the inside of the driver's door, with the window switches)?

If so, activating that switch, and then closing the doors, might just do what you want.

Thanks.  I'll give it a try.  That's how my previous vehicle, a Honda Pilot, worked.  

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Just received the following reply from Subaru of America customer service:

 

Thank you for contacting Subaru of America, Inc. We appreciate you taking time out of your day to contact us.


When you lock your Subaru with the keyless entry system, the alarm system defaults to active. However the alarm is only triggered if a door, hood or tailgate are opened, or if there is a very strong impact on a window.

Dogs in the vehicle, even if they are moving around a bit, would not normally be enough to trigger the alarm. 

There is a way to temporarily deactivate the alarm and put the vehicle in "valet" mode where the keyless entry locks the door, but the alarm will not sound.

You can find out more about how to select the valet mode/alarm deactivation by referring to page 2-26 in your owner's manual. 

Basically, you sit in the driver seat, shut all doors, turn the ignition switch to on, hold down the rear (unlock) side of the driver's power door locking switch , open the drivers door within the following one second and wait an additional 10 seconds before releasing the switch. 

You will then see ALOF for "alarm off" appear in the combination meter display. The same procedure is used to reactivate the alarm system and it displays ALON when it is reactivated.

 

So there you have it!  Thanks again to those who responded.  

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Hi ChicagoHC,

 

Thanks for posting that response.  I had the similar question. My scenario is waiting in the parked car in a parking lot or street curb. I would want the doors locked, potentially with the moon roof open or windows partially down, but not necessarily have the alarm armed. It can get a bit hot in Sacramento waiting for the kids/wife to eventually show up.

 

I have a keyless ignition, so I am wondering if you have to push the button to turn the car on (as opposed to "turn the ignition switch to on) - in other words, the car will be running?  If so, that would be an odd way to accomplish this.

 

I was wondering if anyone has experience doing this.  It seems like there should be a better way than the start car/open door/push-and-hold lock button thing... 

 

Own a 2015 Outback Limited

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