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#15 of 22 Car Alarm Disconnection
Feb 26, 2007 (11:59 pm)
Hi All, I'm having a problem starting our 98 Pontiac Sunfire with an after market car alarm from Best Buy. (It's was installed eight years ago). I replaced the starter about a year ago with a re manufactured starter. I just had the battery tested and charged. The symptoms are, when the key is turned all the way forward to start position, all the ignition lights that are suppose to come on are on, but no start. There is no cranking of the starter or engine at all. I hear, what sounds like a little hum, which I think is normal, when I turn the key forward to the on position. I've had problems in the past with the alarm not wanting to disarm when pressing the disarm button. Or after disarming, I turn the key and no start, but the Alarm LED light is flashing indicating the alarm is armed. I push the disarm button again and it starts right up. I see what looks like three wires going from a part of the alarm system to the starter. How can I disconnect the alarm so that we can start the car? It's hard to tell which wire is the factory ignition wire. Thanks
#16 of 22 Re: Car Alarm Disconnection [masterpaul1]
Mar 02, 2007 (8:47 pm)
Here is the update. I was able to disconnect the alarm, according to the manufactures instructions, with no luck. Still doing the same thing. I haven't given up yet. Since I know that the battery is fine, I'm going to take off the starter and have it tested. (Going to try hitting it with a hammer first to see if it will start.) I remember for the past month or so, how the car would take three times to turn over, when she sat for more than two days of not being started. Maybe this was a sign of the starter going bad and I misdiagonised the problem.
#17 of 22 Re: Car Alarm Disconnection [masterpaul1]
Mar 05, 2007 (6:19 pm)
It wasn't the alarm at all. It was the starter. I hit the starter with a hammer a few times and she started right up. After five days of this and about 4 hours of my time total, I was so happy that I had figured out the problem. I was going to have the car towed to the dealer for them to figure it out. So the fix really only cost us about 6 hours of my time and about $10 in parts to reconnect the alarm system.
#18 of 22 How do I reset security system on a '97 Volvo 960
Mar 12, 2007 (6:15 pm)
I had to replace the alternator on the 97 Volvo 960. Now you can put the key in and turn it, but nothing happens at all. And, yes the alternator is on properly. Dealer says the car's security system is locked and needs to be reset, but of course want to charge me a ton to "look at it." Does anyone have experience with this issue and know how to reset it or how to fix this problem.
#20 of 22 Alarm system 97 Jetta
Nov 27, 2007 (4:06 pm)
We just replaced the starter, the distributor cap, the wires and plugs, and then the car alarm went off about 2 days later. We don't have the remote key pad anymore. The ignition will not work and the lights flash if we don't just unhook the battery. The dealer says to find someone who knows how to work with wires or bring it in.