Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North Bend
Car Year: 2006
Car Model: XT
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Welcome to the forum.
If one button on your remote works, but the other does not, then almost certainly your remote is defective.
Try this test: go to an auto parts store with a remote test display (AutoZone has one in my neighborhood - not sure what other stores have these. Some Batteries Plus stores have them as well). Try your remote - one button at a time. Does the problem button give off any signal at all? If 'no', then problem solved - get a new remote.
Even if 'yes', I would still be suspicious of the remote. Consider buying another remote (eBay, wherever) and programming your vehicle for it. Does it function properly? Completely? Remember that a spare remote can be handy to have.
BTW. if you have a friend with a Subaru vehicle (most any ' 05- '08 or even earlier vehicle uses similar remotes), simply borrow their remote and program your vehicle for it. Does it function properly? Completely?
If this is a really, really, really good friend, ask if you can program their vehicle to your 'suspect' remote. Result?
Final thought: If you disassemble your remote (as in replacing the battery) and look at the contact area where the problem button presses down, there might be a surface you can clean or contact you can re-bend. It's worth a look. [That time you dropped your remote in a maxi-sized Coca Cola, and left it there overnight, probably didn't help it].
If you look in the forum, there are lots of instructions on programming the remote (or, more properly, programming the vehicle since the remote is a fixed entity).
Based on my limited experience, here is my spin. I think this captures the nature of this beast a little better than some other write-ups:
0. Sit in driver's seat and unlock all doors (using the unlock button on the driver's door).
1. Open and close the driver's door
2. Insert key into Ignition
3. Turn the ignition key from LOCK to ON position 10 times within 15 seconds, stopping with the key in the LOCK position. This is not hard to do time-wise, so don't make yourself crazy. Be sure to stop at both LOCK and ON as you're doing this.
**ThE HORN WILL HONK ONCE to indicate transmitter programming mode has been activated.
** IF THE HORN DOES NOT HONK, JUST STOP RIGHT THERE. GO BACK TO STEP 1. TRY IT AGAIN. THE HONKING HORN IS AN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY SIGN THAT YOU'VE GOT IT RIGHT.
4. Leave key in LOCK position and don't remove it from ignition.
You now have 45 seconds to complete the programming as follows:
5. Open and close driver's door
6. To Program a specific remote - push either lock or unlock button on the remote you want to program into your vehicle's memory.
** THE HORN WILL HONK 2 TIMES WHEN TO LET YOUR KNOW THIS WAS SUCCESSFUL.
6. Open and close driver's door again. This completes programming of ONE remote.
To continue and program other remotes at the same time: Push lock or unlock on the next remote, then open and close the driver's door, etc. The driver's door must be opened and closed between each remote you want to program.
7. Remove the key from the ignition.
** THE HORN WILL HONK 3 TIMES.
** THE HONKING HORN IS VERY IMPORTANT. It's the car's way of telling you that it got the message.
DELETE old codes? Reprogram the vehicle for your remote 4 times, it should overwrite any old codes.
I'm not really sure about this, but it probably works as follows: The vehicle's memory holds a maximum of 4 codes. Every time you add a code, it forces the oldest code out of memory - sort of first-in-first-out. By adding your remote's code 4 times, it forces 4 copies of your specific remote into memory, thereby deleting everything else. Maybe someone else can jump in on this point.
Last edited by dave5358; 11-24-2015 at 03:37 PM.