2000 Subaru Outback Fob foibles

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by robsmithld, Jan 14, 2007.

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    robsmithld Guest

    I recently bought a used Subaru Outback and couldn't be happier. That
    was until both keyless entry FOBs seemed to be on their way out. I'm
    looking for any help diagnosing this trouble.

    Both of the remotes are showing the same problem of flickering their
    LED instead of brightly lighting when a button is pressed. Either
    button, anytime. Sometimes they work on the first try, other times it
    takes up to a hundred presses for the doors to lock or unlock.

    I've replaced both remotes batteries with new ones. I didn't
    necessarily clean the contacts, but I did spin the batteries which
    usually removes corrosion, before closing the remotes up again. One of
    the remotes had been displaying this problem for a while. I thought it
    may have been used more by the previous owners, but now that both of
    them are doing the same thing I'm starting to wonder what the bigger
    issue here is.

    Thanks for reading and I thank anyone for their help in advance.

    Truly,

    Rob Smith
     
    robsmithld, Jan 14, 2007
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    JohnO Guest

    I had a similar problem with my '99...maybe it's the same. The battery
    holder bracket broke its solder connection to the circuit board.
    Electrically I couldn't see how this mattered, but when I resoldered
    it, the remote worked perfectly...until one of the kids used it to open
    the car, and they aren't so subtle with the pressure...lots of
    re-solders. I eventually shoved a couple slices of tape in the remote,
    on top of the battery holder, to take up the space.

    If you aren't good with a soldering iron, fine someone who is...it's an
    easy job once you've seen it done.

    BTW...six solid transmissions from the remote will reset the receiver,
    and then it works.

    -John O
     
    JohnO, Jan 15, 2007
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  3. robsmithld

    robsmithld Guest

    Thanks John.

    I had thought about the idea of a dry solder joint or something. It
    just seemed weird to have happened in both. But then again I went
    prying in to both of them to replace the battery so who knows. I'll
    certainly open up and give it a look.

    Thanks for the advice. Does it seem like resettting the receiver would
    be helpful in this situation? Again, something I hadn't considered.

    Have a good one.

    Rob
     
    robsmithld, Jan 17, 2007
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    y_p_w Guest

    Perhaps new remotes? They're a bit pricey, but some internet
    retailers have them for about $60-70 for a pair. Programming
    instructions should be in your owner's manual.
     
    y_p_w, Jan 17, 2007
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    JohnO Guest

    I looked at mine very carefully, and the problem is based on something
    in the mechanical design. There's no reason that holder should come
    loose, IMO the solder connection isn't very strong, and the tab through
    the PCB isn't long enough to be useful. Fortunately the solder pad on
    the PCB isn't breaking.

    I read this somewhere...that six consecutive unlocks from the fob does
    the reset. It matches my experience that when the thing breaks, it
    takes exactly six clicks to unlock the door.

    -John O
     
    JohnO, Jan 17, 2007
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    robsmithld Guest

    Still dumbfounded. Everything looks good inside.

    This morning when I unlocked the car with the remote it unlocked all
    the doors by receiving 2 consecutive unlock presses. Then took a lot
    (it was too cold to count) of presses to get the vehicle to lock. It
    was probably 3 minutes between locking and unlocking (had to steal the
    wife's ice scraper).

    Very peculiar. I may just bite the bullet and order new remotes. Sucks
    to spend that money though if it turns out ot be something else.

    Thanks again.

    Rob
     
    robsmithld, Jan 18, 2007
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