Blinking Brake Lights

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by david.hunter, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. david.hunter

    david.hunter Guest

    Hi group - this morning my battery was dead in my 1998 Forester.

    So I took another car to go buy a new battery. I installed the new
    battery - and the car turns over no problem - but now the brake lights
    are blinking at a very consistent pace - and there is a ticking sound
    on the interior of the car that is in unison with the blinking.

    Why is this ? It's not the hazard lights - but it's the *brake*
    lights.

    I called my dealer and asked him - and he said likely one of the fuses
    has been blown. I checked all my fuses and they are all fine.

    Anyone have any ideas ?

    Thanks!
     
    david.hunter, Jun 19, 2006
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  2. david.hunter

    mulder Guest

    That has to be the turn signals blinking, not the brake lights.
    The panic mode on your keyless entry/alarm was activated when the
    battery was removed and disconnected, when first powered up it is in
    the panic or alarm mode. Pressing the unlock/disarm button on your
    remote should stop it.
     
    mulder, Jun 19, 2006
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  3. david.hunter

    mulder Guest

    Actually it would be the parking lights not turn signals, I was
    mistaken. The alarm will flash the parking lights when tripped.
     
    mulder, Jun 19, 2006
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  4. david.hunter

    Syl Guest

    Hi Mulder - thanks for the reply.

    however - I don't have an alarm of any sort on this car. Nor do I have
    keyless entry.
    It's definitley the red part of the tail light in this picutre :
    http://www.partstrain.com/images/products_large/S730111.JPG

    Any other ideas!? :)

    Thanks -
     
    Syl, Jun 19, 2006
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  5. david.hunter

    mulder Guest

    Are you the original owner? I'm thinking that the car has a keyless or
    alarm module that you may not be aware of, maybe you never got a
    remote.
     
    mulder, Jun 19, 2006
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  6. david.hunter

    Syl Guest

    I am the oringial owner.

    I've been reading that maybe I shorted a connection somewhere when I
    changed the battery - or also maybe there is corrosive material on the
    connectors.

    The best thread I have been able to find is this :
    http://www.faqfarm.com/Q/Why_do_you...egative_terminal_of_a_newly_installed_battery
    Buit there's not answer! lol.
    :-(

    d
     
    Syl, Jun 19, 2006
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  7. david.hunter

    Syl Guest

    oh wait a sec- there is!
    Answer
    It's the theft part of the keyless entry system...reprogram your
    keyless entry and it stops...

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm - you're bang on the answer Mulder - but this just
    doesn't apply to me or my car!
     
    Syl, Jun 19, 2006
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  8. david.hunter

    mulder Guest

    But are you sure? I know that on some recent models (my WRX for
    instance) the keyless entry is standard and the alarm is an option.
    Even without the alarm there is still a panic function built into the
    keyless and it will probably activate when the battery is
    disconnected/reconnected.
    Could it be that you do in fact have keyless but just never got the
    remotes with the car?
     
    mulder, Jun 19, 2006
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  9. david.hunter

    Syl Guest

    Mulder - again you are absolutely correct.

    My wife *does* have a the remote key pad.

    But ................................... I'm sure there are only two
    buttons on the keypad - unlock and lock.
    This is the one she has :
    http://www.cars101.com/subaru/codealarmremote2.jpg
     
    Syl, Jun 19, 2006
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  10. david.hunter

    Bill Pelka Guest

    A while back I read a post that talked about a button right over top of the
    eng hood release. Hard to explain but the guy with the problem did find it.
    I also recall that there was some info in the owners manual. That's about
    all I can add...

    Bill
     
    Bill Pelka, Jun 19, 2006
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  11. david.hunter

    Syl Guest

    Thanks Bill - will check it out.
     
    Syl, Jun 19, 2006
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  12. david.hunter

    mulder Guest

    The unlock button on the remote should stop the flashing.
     
    mulder, Jun 20, 2006
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  13. david.hunter

    Syl Guest

    Hi Bill and Mulder - thank you both for the direction. Between the two
    of you I managed to disable the blinking.

    The remote only has two options - unlock car and lock car.
    There is a big yellow sticker on the frame of the car in front of the
    battery that basically says :I
    If you disconnect the battery, the lights and alarm will repeat as a
    security measure. To disable this feature, turn the car power to ON and
    simutanously press the disable button located below the dashboard for
    one second

    I followed these instructions and all worked out perfectly!

    Thanks again for the pointers - I was drerading having to take the car
    to the dealer for this!
     
    Syl, Jun 20, 2006
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  14. david.hunter

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    First time here. All my turn signals are blinking sporadically. 2017 Forester Touring. They can't find the issue, took out a part so it wouldn't blink and set up another appointment. He suggested that it was because a rodent chewed wiring but I really doubt that, and I'm sure that wouldn't be covered under the current warranty. Am thinking of telling them to put the part back in and go somewhere else. The alarm didn't go off and the battery hasn't been taken out at all. Any other ideas?
     
    Jackie, Jun 16, 2020
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