Interior Dash & Radio Lights Flash and Car Won't Start or Turn Over

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by JWC, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. JWC

    JWC Guest

    With no obvious previous symptoms my 1998 Legacy Outback Limited suddenly
    wouldn't start tonight. The instrument panel lights and the radio flash on
    and off about a dozen times or so, then stop momentarily, then flash again
    (over and over). This happens constantly - with or without the key in the
    ingnition. The red security light to the left of the steering column
    constantly flashes. When I try to start the car, I get nothing - the
    engine doesn't turn over; and I don't here a rapid clicking sound from the
    starter. The battery is not dead and doesn't appear to be low, plus I
    tried to jump the car with cables but didn't get any response from the
    engine. The flashing red security light makes me wonder if the security
    system has some how been triggered and this has disabled the ignition
    system. As far as I know there is no after-market or third-party security
    system installed on the car.

    Has anyone experienced similar troubles? Any ideas?
    JWC, Apr 18, 2004
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  2. JWC

    JWC Guest

    Fortunately I was able to resolve this problem. After an extensive internet
    search I came across another post elsewhere in which someone described a
    similar problem with the flashing interior dash and radio lights (though
    that person didn't mention that the car also wouldn't start). Anyways, the
    solution was to push and hold the reset button while trying to start the
    car. The reset button is located under the left side of the dash behind
    the hood release lever. It is a small unmarked black button set in a black
    sheath with a diameter similar to that of a dime. I was pressing this
    button while sitting in the car with the door shut and the car started.

    I still don't know what caused the alarm to trigger. I know the car has
    the remote key entry system, but I do not have the transmitter. I wonder
    if some sort of interference from another car's remote key system
    triggered mine.
    JWC, Apr 19, 2004
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