Do the locks work using the buttons on the doors?
Did you reset the remote after the battery-ectomy? Check your manual, I
think there is a procedure that requires you to do a certain number of
button presses after changing the battery to teach the remote the code
I too have a 96 Outback with 99k miles. If your problem is the same as
mine, I offer my sympathy.
In warm weather, my remote door locks work normally. As it gets cooler,
and the problem is happening now here in Northern VA where it now gets
into 60s and lower at night, the locks start acting up. It is as if the
locks are lasy, sometimes working normally and sometimes clicking but
failing to unlock. The primary doors involved are the LR and tailgate.
Repeatedly cycling the locks with the remote often gets them to
unlock. Using the driver's door switch usually unlocks all of the doors.
The obvious is to check for poor electrical connections in the affected
doors and the driver's door. Unfortunately, that hasn't helped in my
case and I think the controller is the problem. It hangs from the
wiring harness above the driver's left foot area, in the corner against
the firewall. I priced the controller once and it was over a $100 and I
have decided to put up with the problem.
i too have 1996 outback
I got the same problem in last week .
My battery was gone. so i connect the power from the other card .
The nightmare was start .
when the card engine are start , I lost my radio , door light and
central door locks power . But the other power still ok .
I check the fuse, it's ok .
So any body has the solution , or somewhere i need to check .
Please help us .
My 96 does not have remote locks but does have the "Master" on the drivers
door that locks/unlocks all of the other doors. This stopped working a
little while back. I took the lock switch apart, cleaned the contacts and
it has worked like a charm since. I think dirt just cruds the switch up and
it doesn't get enough electrons through to trigger the other doors. If the
remote actuates through the main door, (I don't know) it might not
necessarily be the remote but the contacts on the main switch. It was
definately worth the 20 minute job to get the darn door locks to work right.
And whats with having to turn the key different directions depending on
which door you are unlocking?
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