A car salesman informed drivers about secret access to certain vehicles.
The YouTube creator creates weekly videos about Subarus to answer car-related questions for his nearly 100,000 subscribers.
Alex Prestigiacomo (@alexpmo) shared a video about a secret Subaru PIN code on his channel.
“This video shows you how to set up your secret Subaru PIN code access on your new Subaru,” he captioned the post.
“Subaru PIN code access is a convenient way to unlock your Subaru without having the Subaru key fob nearby.
“You can also lock your key fob in your Subaru and use Subaru PIN code access to unlock your Subaru.”
He said this feature comes in handy when drivers want to lock their keys in their Subaru while doing something they might not want to have their keys with them for.
This includes outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, kayaking or mountain biking.
In the video, Prestigiacomo first showed viewers how to find the button on their Subaru.
“What you want to do is open the hatch,” he said, using the key fob to open the trunk of the vehicle.
“Right here on the hatch is this little button that’s the secret pin.”
He revealed a small button next to the backup camera, trunk lock and license plate light.
“This is the secret PIN code key we will be using today,” he instructed.
“There is also the button here. This small rubber button is used to unlock the tailgate during normal use.”
The Subaru Outback vehicle also features a Subaru logo on the outside of the trunk that acts as a sensor.
You can also use it to open the hatch by simply running your hand over it, says Prestigiacomo.
Before setting up the feature, he said there is a button on the left side of the steering wheel that shows a small picture of a car with the trunk open and says “Off.”
“When you click that little button, it turns off the sensor function, so it’s not active during setup,” he explained.
He advised drivers to take precautions before testing the function without the key being available.
“Before you set this up and use it in your daily life, make sure you are happy with the PIN code you set,” the Subaru pro said.
“That you have tested it a few times with the key in sleep mode or far away from the car so you can be sure it works for you,
“The last thing you want to do is be out somewhere and lock your car out.”
To activate the code, the car alarm doesn’t have to be turned on, but it does have to be locked, he said.
“You should do it from the right passenger side,” Prestigiacomo said.
“Because you can hear the beeping coming from the front of the car much more easily on the right side of the car than on the left side.”
Something else the car dealer said would help you get set up is activating the code feature while your car is parked next to a wall.
“There is some echo, so it amplifies the sound there too,” he said.
“So once it starts beeping, you have about 30 seconds to click the unlock button, which then allows you to proceed to entering a five-digit PIN.”
The number sequence you specify works in a special way when entered in the vehicle because the key is a single key without a keyboard.
“So one is just one click, two is just two clicks, you can do one, two, three, four, five, six, whatever you want,” the YouTuber explained.
“I think one and two are the easiest because they require less clicking.”
Between each click you should hear a beep from the front of the car.
“That’s how you know you’ve entered a number,” Prestigiacomo said.
He then explained to viewers exactly what this process would look like by using the single Subaru button to enter a simple code consisting of ones and twos.
To set it, click and hold the lock button on your key fob. Then click and hold the hidden code button under the car’s lock. Do this for a few seconds until you hear the vehicle beep.
Then enter the code of your choice and make sure you hear a beep after tapping the order of each number.
Once it’s set, test the code while still having access to your key for security reasons. Once you feel confident, you can use it for keyless entry to your vehicle.
The creator’s video has been viewed over 400,000 times.
“Thanks Alex,” one YouTuber commented.
“For us old-timers who upgraded from a manual 2003 Toyota Celica to a 2021 Toyota Celica, the Outback XT was a major ‘technology shock.'” Her videos are easy to follow and fun. Now I love my outback!!”