How to Put 2015 Subaru Forester in Learn Mode: A Comprehensive Guide

If you own a 2015 Subaru Forester, you may have heard about the "Learn Mode" feature that allows you to program new remote key fobs. The process of entering Learn Mode can be confusing and difficult for some, but fear not! This article will guide you through the step-by-step process of putting your 2015 Subaru Forester in Learn Mode.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn Mode is used to program new remote key fobs for your 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The process of entering Learn Mode varies depending on the type of remote you have
  • It is important to have all remotes present during the programming process

Types of Remotes

Before we begin, it is important to note that there are two types of remotes that may come with your 2015 Subaru Forester: the "Master" remote and the "Valet" remote. The Master remote has a blue Subaru logo, while the Valet remote has a red logo. The process of entering Learn Mode will vary depending on which remote you have.

How to Enter Learn Mode with the Master Remote

To enter Learn Mode with the Master remote, follow these steps:

  1. Sit in the driver’s seat and close all doors.
  2. Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the "ON" position.
  3. Press and hold the "Unlock" button on the Master remote.
  4. While holding the "Unlock" button, press the "Lock" button three times within ten seconds.
  5. Release both buttons.
  6. You should hear a chime indicating that the vehicle is now in Learn Mode.
  7. Within 30 seconds, press and hold the "Unlock" button on the remote you wish to program.
  8. While holding the "Unlock" button, press the "Lock" button three times within ten seconds.
  9. Release both buttons.
  10. You should hear a chime indicating that the remote has been programmed.
  11. Repeat step 7-10 for any additional remotes you wish to program.
  12. Turn the key to the "OFF" position to exit Learn Mode.
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How to Enter Learn Mode with the Valet Remote

To enter Learn Mode with the Valet remote, follow these steps:

  1. Sit in the driver’s seat and close all doors.
  2. Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the "ON" position.
  3. Locate the "Valet" button on the bottom of the dashboard near the hood release lever.
  4. Press and hold the "Valet" button for five seconds.
  5. You should hear a chime indicating that the vehicle is now in Learn Mode.
  6. Within 30 seconds, press and hold the "Lock" button on the remote you wish to program.
  7. Release the "Lock" button.
  8. You should hear a chime indicating that the remote has been programmed.
  9. Repeat step 6-8 for any additional remotes you wish to program.
  10. Turn the key to the "OFF" position to exit Learn Mode.

Tips and Tricks

  • It is important to have all remotes present during the programming process. If you do not program all remotes at the same time, any remotes not programmed will no longer work.
  • If you’re having trouble entering Learn Mode, make sure that all doors are closed and that the key is turned to the "ON" position.
  • If the programming process is unsuccessful, try repeating the steps more slowly or from a different location.
  • If you only have one remote, it is important to program a second remote as a backup. If you lose your only remote, it can be expensive and time-consuming to replace.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have a Master or Valet remote?

The Master remote has a blue Subaru logo, while the Valet remote has a red logo.

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Why do I need to enter Learn Mode?

Learn Mode is used to program new remote key fobs. If you purchase a new remote or need to replace a lost or broken remote, you will need to enter Learn Mode to program it.

Can I program the remote myself, or do I need to take it to a dealership?

You can program the remote yourself using the steps outlined in this article. However, if you are having trouble entering Learn Mode or programming the remote, it may be best to take it to a dealership for assistance.

Can I program more than one remote at a time?

No, you can only program one remote at a time. However, you can program multiple remotes during the same Learn Mode session.

What happens if I lose all of my remotes?

If you lose all of your remotes, it can be expensive and time-consuming to replace them. You will need to have your vehicle towed to a dealership and provide proof of ownership before they can program new remotes for you. It is important to always have a spare remote programmed as a backup.

Conclusion

Entering Learn Mode in your 2015 Subaru Forester may seem daunting at first, but with the help of this comprehensive guide, you can program new remote key fobs with ease. Remember to have all remotes present during the programming process and to follow the steps carefully. If you have any issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to a dealership for assistance. With your newly programmed remote, you can enjoy the convenience and security that comes with remote entry to your vehicle.

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Alton Brobst

As a longtime Subaru enthusiast, Alton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our blog. From his early days of tinkering with engines to his current role as a certified Subaru technician, Alton has seen it all when it comes to Subarus. When he's not working on cars, he enjoys hiking and exploring the great outdoors.

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