03 WRX - relay clicking issue

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  1. Bryan621
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    I picked up an 03 WRX a couple months ago to play around with and try to turn into a summer only car since the body is rust free and it had some STi goodies already (top mount, gauges, suspension). Anyway, this past week I went to run it around the block and the car had never done this before; but after I started it I was hearing a relay clicking sound in the dash by the gauges and the parking/blinker lights were flashing to the click. Then it would quit for about 5 seconds and do it again for about 4 or 5 seconds. I thought maybe I fat handed the hazard or parking switch above the steering wheel but that wasn't it. Then I did some research and someone said they had issues with their window switch (which I rolled the windows down) and thought maybe that was it, so I pushed all the window switches up and down a few times and that didn't do anything either. The clicking and flashing lights happen with or without the key in. It almost kind of seems like the alarm system, but I don't even know where to start with that. The car horn doesn't currently work so that is why I am thinking of the security system is going off but the horn isnt honking because the horns aren't working at the moment. Curious if anyone has any ideas.
     
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    Maybe start with replacing the fuse for the horn? Cheap thing to try
     
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    I'll give it a look. I think the reason of the horns not work in is the wiring is broken somewhere. Maybe a ground to them or something, but thanks I'll check it out.
     
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    I was gonna say somebody probably pulled the fuse so they didn't have to listen to the horn anymore. Haha. A relay click is a lot easier to handle than the horn honking.
     
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    Well when I drove it home when I bought it, it wasn't clicking or through the winter. It was just this last week when I wanted to move it.
     
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    Well fuses are cheap to check and easy too. It’s 17 years old. There will be things like this that happen. It may be a relay, fuse, ground...etc. hard to say. But I’d start by checking the horn fuse
     
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    So it was a dumb little fix. The key fob's battery slid out of place. Once I put it back in and locked/unlocked with it the flashing and clicking quit.
     

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