Subaru Forester Lost Car Key Replacement – All the Information You Need to Get a New Subaru Forester Key. Tips, Costs, Your Options, and More.

Subaru Forester key replacement - All you need to know

Subaru Forester key replacement – All you need to know

 

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In this article:

Subaru Forester replacement car keys – Introduction

Subaru Forester keys replacement by year – not sure which key you had: Was it a regular key, transponder chip, or remote key fob? Find out here

Automotive locksmith coding a Subaru Forester key fob

Automotive locksmith coding a Subaru Forester key fob

Have you lost your Subaru Forester car key? – How do I get a replacement key? What options do I have?

Subaru Forester key replacement near me – things to remember before calling a locksmith

Subaru Forester car key replacement cost

Key coding and programming machine for Subaru Forester keys

Key coding and programming machine for Subaru Forester keys

Tips for Subaru Forester key fob replacement – What to ask and verify before and after you get a new key fob

Can I get a replacement Subaru Forester key by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

Subaru Forester key programming – which keys can you program yourself? how to program your key & more.

Remote key fob for a Subaru Forester

Remote key fob for a Subaru Forester

Keyless entry information Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester key fob battery replacement – How do I change or replace the battery? What is the cost? What size is the battery? And more.

 

Introduction:

Subaru Forester car key replacements

Subaru Forester car key replacements

Subaru Forester model was introduced in 1998. This model has two versions and nine types of keys.

Remote key fobs: 2014 to 2022.

Transponder chip keys: 2005 to 2022.

Non-transponder key: 1998 to 2004.

An automotive locksmith coding a new Subaru Forester key

An automotive locksmith coding a new Subaru Forester key

    • Please keep in mind that while some keys or key fobs may look the same, they have different capabilities/frequencies/keyways. Therefore, having the right key or key fob is essential.
    • Already have your key? Need information to guide you through programming your Subaru Forester key fob or transponder key? Click here for more information.

 

Quick access or go to FAQ

 

Click on the type of key you had or your year model below to get the most accurate information:

 

Subaru Forester w/Prox:

 

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022: (HYQ14AHK)

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Subaru Forester remote key fob replacement (HYQ14AHK)

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Subaru Forester remote key fob replacement (HYQ14AHK)

Already remote a remote key fob? Click HERE for programming information.

 

2016, 2017, 2018: (HYQ14AHC)

2016, 2017, 2018 Subaru Forester remote key fob replacement (HYQ14AHC)

2016, 2017, 2018 Subaru Forester remote key fob replacement (HYQ14AHC)

Already remote a remote key fob? Click HERE for programming information.

 

2014, 2015: (HYQ14ACX)

2014, 2015 Subaru Forester remote key fob replacement (HYQ14ACX)

2014, 2015 Subaru Forester remote key fob replacement (HYQ14ACX)

Already remote a remote key fob? Click HERE for programming information.

 

Subaru Forester w/o Prox:

 

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022: (CWTB1G077)

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Subaru Forester transponder key replacement (CWTB1G077)

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Subaru Forester transponder key replacement (CWTB1G077)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018: (CWTWB1U811)

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Subaru Forester transponder key replacement (CWTWB1U811)

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Subaru Forester transponder key replacement (CWTWB1U811)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

2011, 2012, 2013: (DAT17T42)

2011, 2012, 2013 Subaru Forester transponder key replacement (DAT17T42)

2011, 2012, 2013 Subaru Forester transponder key replacement (DAT17T42)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

2009, 2010: (DAT17T13)

2009, 2010 Subaru Forester transponder key replacement (DAT17T13)

2009, 2010 Subaru Forester transponder key replacement (DAT17T13)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008: (SUB4-PT)

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Subaru Forester transponder key replacement (SUB4-PTO)

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Subaru Forester transponder key replacement (SUB4-PTO)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004: (X251/SUB1)

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Subaru Forester non-transponder key replacement (X251/SUB1)

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Subaru Forester non-transponder key replacement (X251/SUB1)

 

 

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FAQ:

 

Q: I lost my Subaru Forester car keys. I don’t have a spare, so need a replacement. How and where can I get a replacement key?

How to get a Subaru Forester replacement key

How to get a Subaru Forester replacement key

 

Generally speaking, you have three options:

  1. Call an automotive locksmith that offers a mobile service for Subaru Forester cars. We can help you with that.
  2. Tow the car to the dealer.
  3. Order a key online and have the dealer or locksmith cut and program it for you (if necessary).
Transponder key - Subaru inside look

Transponder key – Subaru inside look

A word of caution: The type of key you need depends on the year and model of your Subaru Forester. Therefore, the options for getting a new key made and programmed depend on whether you need a remote, an intelligent fob, push to start button, a transponder, or a regular key.

A: For a more detailed explanation, including tips on SAVING TIME AND MONEY, please visit our blog post: How to get a replacement key.

Subaru key fob parts - Inside look

Subaru key fob parts – Inside look

Not ready to call for service just yet? Click here for some GREAT ideas on how to find lost car keys.

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Q: Subaru Forester key replacement near me – How to find a locksmith or dealer and what should you tell them?

Subaru Forester key replacement service near your location - Tips

Subaru Forester key replacement service near your location – Tips

First, make sure you have the exact year, make, and model, e.g., 2019 Subaru Forester.

In addition, write down the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of the car located on the left side of the dashboard near the mirror (Click here for more information). The VIN helps the locksmith or dealer verify the year, make, and model of the car and determine which key you had.

Check a few locksmiths near your location

Check a few locksmiths near your location

Also, keep in mind that many locksmiths offer mobile service and travel up to 30 miles radius from where their store is located. Therefore, depends on your location, it might be a good idea to expand your search and call for a few additional quotes, even if on the map, these locksmiths seems to be far from you.

All Subaru Forester key fobs and transponder keys must be coded with the car on-site

All Subaru Forester key fobs and transponder keys must be coded with the car on-site

Remember,

Their distance as you see on the map, is their business address, not their physical and current location. All you have to make sure, is that they carry the right equipment to cut and program your Subaru Forester key.

You can also try and call a few Subaru dealers near your location, but remember that you will need to tow the car there.

Finally, make sure you can show ownership of the car by having the necessary documents – title, ID, insurance card, etc.

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Q: Subaru Forester key replacement cost – How much does it cost to replace a Subaru Forester key without the original? What is the average price?

Subaru Forester key replacement cost - estimate only

Subaru Forester key replacement cost – estimate only

 

In short, replacing a Subaru Forester key can cost between $130 to $380. The cost depends on a number of factors:

  1. The type of key you need
  2. The car’s year of manufacture
  3. Time of day & your location
  4. Where you get a key replacement (dealer, automotive locksmith, online, etc.)
  5. Availability of code to cut a new key
  6. Original ignition or not
Factors to consider about key replacement cost

Factors to consider about key replacement cost

The type of key you had and the year the car was manufactured are the most important factors for identifying if you need a chip, intelligent fob, “push to start”, remote, regular “non-transponder” key. The newer the car is, the better the security features the key has. On later models, you can therefore expect to pay more than $250 for a replacement key. Click here to see the model and type of key you had for a more accurate price and additional information.

Coding machine for Subaru car keys

Coding machine for Subaru car keys

Also,

the price depends on where you get a key replacement. Did your replacement key come from the dealer, or an automotive locksmith? Or did you get it online? Click here to get a more detailed explanation of how to get a replacement key.

The dealer usually charges about 10% to 15% less for the replacement key than a locksmith would charge. However, you will likely have to tow the car there to program the new key or remote. Therefore, the total price is usually higher.

New Subaru chip keys coded on-site

New Subaru chip keys coded on-site

Furthermore,

consider that if you have a locksmith come out and make you a new key outside regular business hours, the price may increase.

Finally,

If you have previously had your ignition cylinder replaced, which is quite common in older cars, this probably means that the code for the key may not be useful. In such cases, the key will have to be cut manually by a locksmith, or you will have to change the ignition again, and here the dealer can’t help.

For a more detailed explanation and GREAT TIPS on how to save money, please visit our blog post: Car keys replacement costs

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Tips for Subaru Forester key fob replacement – What to ask and verify before and after you get a new key fob:

Subaru Forester key fob replacement - Emergency key and battery

Subaru Forester key fob replacement – Emergency key and battery

Very often when people get a replacement key fob, there are certain things they forget to check and ask the dealer or locksmith.

 

We gathered here the most relevant information and tips to make sure you won’t face a problem down the road.

First,

Make sure to get the key code of your Subaru Forester key fob – Every key fob, has a unique code which locksmiths and dealers use to know the exact cuts to match your ignition, door and trunk cylinders.

Ask and keep your key code in a safe place

Ask and keep your key code in a safe place

Obviously, this code is different from one car to another. This key code costs money, and before the locksmith or dealer cut you a new key fob, they must pay to get the code from the Subaru database, which may cost them up to $100. Make sure you write down this key code and keep it in a safe place. In case you lose your Subaru Forester key fob again in the future, it will cost you less to get a replacement, and the process will be faster.

Emergency key and key fob - Subaru

Emergency key and key fob – Subaru

Second,

Verify they cut you the emergency key, and that it works on the doors cylinders and trunk – Every key fob comes with an emergency key attached to it. The emergency key can be used to access the car in case the battery is dead.

Verify the emergency key is working smoothly on all cylinders

Verify the emergency key is working smoothly on all cylinders

Uncut emergency key on cutting machine - Automotive locksmith

Uncut emergency key on cutting machine – Automotive locksmith

Sometimes, when locksmiths or dealers program a new replacement key fob, they forget to cut the emergency key as well.

Emergency key after it was cut

Emergency key after it was cut

Make sure they cut you the emergency key and that it works for each door and the trunk to avoid a future lockout situation. It should work smoothly, just like your house key. Don’t be lazy, check it on site.

Emergency key cut - Make sure they cut it for you and check it works

Emergency key cut – Make sure they cut it for you and check it works

 

Finally,

know which battery your Subaru Forester key fob has – These key fobs, like all key fobs, are battery operated. Make sure you know the type of battery you need and keep a spare one. (Subaru Forester key fobs usually use CR-2032 and CR-1632 batteries)

 

Q: Can I get a Subaru Forester key replacement by its VIN?

Subaru Forester key replacement by VIN

Subaru Forester key replacement by VIN

A: That depends on the year of manufacture of your car and the type of key you had.

The VIN gives dealers or automotive locksmiths the option of accessing the key code on file – i.e., to cut you a replacement key by code which makes the process fast and easy. There are however two things to consider:

  1. If your vehicle is older than 10 years, Subaru dealers will no longer have its key code record, so an automotive locksmith will be your only option to get a replacement key.
  2. For vehicles equipped with a transponder system and/or a remote/intelligent key/fob key, the codes should be available. However, as coding is required, you will have to either tow the car to the dealer, or have an automotive locksmith come and code the key on site.

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Q: Subaru Forester key programming – which keys can you program yourself? Which keys require a programming tool? & more

Automotive locksmith programming a Subaru Forester key on-site

Automotive locksmith programming a Subaru Forester key on-site

A: Subaru Forester has different types of keys. Some require programming, and some don’t. All transponder chip keys and/or smart key fobs need to be programmed. This process requires a special programming machine that only an automotive locksmith or the dealer has. There is no need to program non-transponder metal keys.

To make things simple, we divided all Subaru Forester keys into two categories:

  1. No programming needed (Non-transponder keys).
  2. Keys that need to be programmed (Transponder or remote keys). These keys required the expertise of an automotive locksmith or the dealer.

 

No programming needed:

Car key cutting machine

Car key cutting machine

Subaru non-transponder keys are metal keys that have no chip in them, so no programming is needed.

X251/SUB1.

 

For Subaru Forester keys that need to be programmed, you will need an automotive locksmith or the dealer:

Car key coding machine for Subaru key fobs and transponder keys

Car key coding machine for Subaru key fobs and transponder keys

These keys, also known as remote smart keys, intelligent keys or key fobs, and transponder keys, have a security chip. Programming is needed. Also, a special machine is needed to program them. An automotive locksmith or dealer should do it for you. This process must be followed for most models made after 1998.

HYQ14AHK, HYQ14AHC, HYQ14ACX, CWTB1G077, CWTWB1U811, DAT17T42, DAT17T13, SUB4-PT.

 

Q: I have a Subaru Forester key and would like to get a keyless entry system to unlock all doors as well. Can you tell me which one I should get? Will it need to be programmed and can I program it myself or not?

A: Subaru Forester has a few keyless entry system options. For newer car models, the key you have contains a built-in keyless entry system (a remote master key or key fob/smart key). Some need to be programmed by a professional locksmith or dealer and some don’t. Below you will find all the information relevant to the Subaru Forester entry system.

 

Keyless entry information for the Subaru Forester:

Keyless entry information Subaru Forester

Keyless entry information Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester has three keyless entry remotes. Choose the year of your car:

For year models 2014 to 2022, there is a built-in keyless entry in the remote key fobs.

2011-2014: CWTWB1U819

2000-2014: NHVWB1U711

1999-2004: A269ZUA111

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Subaru Forester key fob battery – important information: How to replace, size, cost, and more.

Key fob batteries

Key fob batteries

Subaru Forester model has different kinds of keys. If your model uses a key fob, here is some important information you should know about the battery.

 

There are 2 types of remote key fobs that are battery operated:

Key fob: (like in the picture below)

Subaru Forester remote key fob battery replacement information

Subaru Forester remote key fob battery replacement information

 

Watch a short video here: how to replace Subaru Forester remote key fob’s battery, type of battery and more:

Battery replacement information video

Battery replacement information video

Key fob: (like in the following picture)

Subaru Forester remote key fob battery replacement information

Subaru Forester remote key fob battery replacement information

 

Watch a short video here: how to replace Subaru Forester remote key fob’s battery, type of battery and more:

Battery replacement information video

Battery replacement information video

 

Things to remember when your Subaru Forester key fob battery is dead:

First, even if the key fob’s battery is dead, you still can unlock and start your Forester. You can use the emergency key provided with the key fob to unlock the doors as shown below:

Subaru key fob and emergency key

Subaru key fob and emergency key

 

The key fob on the inside - Emergency key and chip

The key fob on the inside – Emergency key and chip

How to start Subaru Forester with a dead key fob?

You can start your Subaru Forester by pushing the “Start” button with your key fob. The car’s computer recognizes the chip inside the key fob and authorizes the process.

Push the "start" button with your dead key fob to start the car like in this picture

Push the “start” button with your dead key fob to start the car like in this picture

This way, you will be able to start your vehicle EVEN if the key fob battery is dead.

 

Subaru Forester key fob battery information:

Car key battery replacement variety

Car key battery replacement variety

Subaru Forester key fobs are battery operated. Every two years or so, or when the battery is low, you may need to change the key fob battery. Here is all the information you need.

The type of battery you need is a CR-1632 for HYQ14ACX and a CR-2032 for HYQ14AHK, HYQ14AHC. The average price for these batteries is about $5.

You can order CR-1632 online here and CR-2032 here.

Also, you can find it at Home Depot, Walmart, AutoZone, etc.

 

Here is some general information about the Subaru Forester key fob battery:

Type of battery: CR-1632 lithium

CR-1632 key fob battery replacement

CR-1632 key fob battery replacement

Size: Diameter – 20 mm, height – 3.2 mm

 

Type of battery: CR-2032 lithium

CR-2032 key fob battery replacement

CR-2032 key fob battery replacement

Size: Diameter – 20 mm, height – 3.2 mm

Finally, remember that your battery life depends on several factors such as usage, weather conditions, etc. To better protect your Subaru Forester key fob and extend its battery life, it may be a good idea to have a key fob cover or a case. You can order one online here.

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