Subaru Dead Key Fob Help

Getting into Your Subaru

Retrieving the Mechanical Key

Subaru uses three different styles of Access Key fobs (remote controls or Subaru Key Style 1‘clickers), each of which holds a mechanical key. The rectangular shape Style 1 has a release catch (1) on the mechanical key (2) itself, very near the key ring hole, as shown. Slide the catch towards the hole while pulling on the key to remove it from the Access Key.

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Subaru Key Style 2The Style 2 Access Key has an oval shape. The release for the mechanical key (2) is a simple push-button (1) on the back of the Access Key, as shown (for the record, it looks like it will slide — it won’t). Pull out the mechanical key while pressing the release button at the same time.

Finally, a limited number of Subarus feature a Style 3 Access Key, Subaru Key Style 3which is also a more rectangular shape. Here, the mechanical key release (1) is on the side of the Access Key, as shown.  Pull out the mechanical key (2) while pressing the release button at the same time.

Starting Your Subaru

Regardless of the Access Key style, the starting process for Subaru vehicles is the same. Hold the Access Key against the Start / Stop ignition switch with Subaru Emergency Startbuttons facing out towards you, as shown. The vehicle and the Access Key will talk to each other for a few moments, after which a chime or ‘ding’ will be heard.

The Start / Stop ignition has now been switched to the “ACC” or “ON” position. With the brake pedal still depressed, push the Start / Stop button to start the engine. Like similar systems from Toyota and Hyundai, etc., you might opt to simply push the button with the key fob to start it.

Note: If you have made an attempt to start the vehicle without success, there may be residual pressure in the brake system and a new warning light may appear (left) or text Engine Start Operation Indicatormessage to Step on the Brake. Press the brake pedal very, very hard when trying to start the vehicle again to be sure that the release switch behind the pedal is engaged. Check out this page for more!

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