Fall 2014 About the Author Easy In, Easy Out By Bryan Norman Fall 2014 WHAT IS KEYLESS ACCESS? Among the host of innovative technologies, a number of Subaru models have an available Keyless Access with Push-Button Start system. With it, all you have to do to unlock your vehicle is touch a front door handle. There’s no button to push, no key, and no taking the fob out of your pocket or purse. Talk about convenient! HOW DOES IT WORK? Keyless access works by radio waves. The system transmits a special lock frequency from a key fob to the onboard keyless entry system, operating at 134 kHz. The vehicle has system antennas in the door handles and mounted on the body (see diagram). In order to function, the fob should be 16 to 32 inches from the door or rear gate handles you intend to open. Diagram of antenna locations and operating ranges from Forester. 1 = Antenna location. 2 = Approximate operating range. HOW DO YOU GET THE MOST FROM KEYLESS ACCESS WITH PUSH-BUTTON START? First and foremost, always carry the access key with you to prevent locking it in the vehicle. Besides the door locks, keyless access gives you the ability to open the rear gate or trunk with the push of a button. This function makes it easy to load groceries or packages without having to put them down to fumble with keys – which is especially convenient during inclement weather. For peace of mind, a mechanical key is attached to each fob and serves as a backup for locking and unlocking the driver’s door as well as the glovebox. If necessary, disabling the keyless access is possible. See your Subaru retailer. HOW EASY IS PUSH-BUTTON START? Push-button start is the other part of the system. As the name implies, it’s pretty much a no-brainer. Taking a few simple steps engages the ignition: Make sure the key fob is somewhere in the car. Ensure that the select lever is in the “P” position for PARK. Depress the brake pedal. At the same time, press the push-button ignition switch – you don’t even have to hold it in. It’s that simple. WHY GO KEYLESS? The Keyless Access with Push-Button Start feature allows you to unlock, enter, and start the vehicle with a touch, without a key ever leaving your pocket. You can’t beat the simple convenience and feeling of security provided by this system. See your retailer for model availability. KEYLESS ACCESS SECURITY As an added benefit, the keyless access system enhances security. For instance, you can open and close the doors more quickly during an emergency. If you enter through the driver’s door, all the other doors remain locked. What about the security of the car lock frequency signals themselves? Rest assured. Today’s keyless access systems consist of a remote entry system that is synchronized and constantly changes the frequency needed to gain access to the vehicle. The perpetual changes make it difficult, if not impossible, for thieves to capture the signals.