Alarm is armed and the car won't start?


Asked by Feb 10, 2011 at 05:33 PM about the 1996 Volkswagen Cabrio 2 Dr STD Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My battery corrodes for some reason, if I forget to check on it, it won't charge and my battery drains. So yesterday, I went to start me car and say my displays were blank. Yep, dead battery. So I put it on the charger and cleaned the terminals. But now something has happened that didn't happen before. The car alarm is armed (I don't lock my doors, so I've never set the alarm), I open the door, it goes off. I can get it to stop from the passenger side, but not the driver side. But then, I stop it and try to start the car, not only will the car not even try to start, the alarm goes off again! I don't have an owner's manual for this car, the previous owner's had lost it (*grumbles*) and I'm not finding the answer on the net.

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Use the key to lock the car from the drivers door - Click it locked two / three times Wait 30 seconds - Unlock the car using the key in the drivers door UNlock the car two / three times See if the car starts - If not repeat from Passenger door ... Keep us informed.

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It worked! Hurray!!! Thank you so much!

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It's pretty easy actually - just click the unlock button on your remote, or put your key in the drivers side door and turn it to the left until the alarm goes off. Then you should be able to start the car no problem. If that doesn't work, try locking the car again, and unlocking with either the key or remote, or try putting the key in the iginition and turn to on, but don't start.

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I have a question I'm trying to start the car but it won't start..... A night before this happen the car ran out of oil and shut off without starting again nothing died at all engine still work and everything. Sooooo I put oil in it and tried to have it jump but when it sound like it was starting the alarm started to go off and I don't know why I charge the battery and it stills goes off idk what to do but I need an answer for what to do when everytime I start the car the alarm goes off please someone answer me........

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What happens if you are missing the keylocks on both doors?? Had to climb in the trunk to unlock the doors today because passenger one popped out(driver one popped out a few months back). Tried the battery disconnect. This is a smart car! Dang it!

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In my case..I had to reset my car alarm by using the key to unlock my TRUNK! It worked like a more problems with my alarm starts and all is well!

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Question went to unlock my car(I have a 2001 cabrio vw) and it wldnt unlock key kept going around so it's striped but the alarm went off opening my door and I can't shut it off now start my car. How do I dis arm the alarm all together? I don't has the remote. Just my key which now doesn't work in the door. Pls help

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that advice totally worked woooh!!! ^o^

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I need help yesterday my battery discharged and I took it to autozone so they can charge it for 2 hours and when I install the battery to my car my cat won't start and before I forget to type it I have a car alarm

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My car won't start at all at first all my displays showed then I switch the car in natural and it started but shut right back off. The same thing happened to me about a month ago it turned out to be the central fuse witch only took $13 dollars to replace. They disconnected the horn because the alarm wouldn't stop going off. Now the car is acting as if the battery is dead and I know its not. The car took a jump earlier today but now doesn't want to do anything and I mean nothing at all. My window won't roll up my doors won't lock. No lights come on at all. Except for the red button on the dash that blinks red only when my alarm is going off. And the light that tells me when a door is open. Also the first time this happened, once I got the car running again it must have blown something because my radio won't work either

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Now only sometimes when I try to start it the dash lights will come on other times it wont .sometimes when I try to start it it will try to turn over but never all the way and the alarm is still going off

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Thank you so much for this advice! My son and I had this problem today. Thought we were going to end up stranded, but I saw this excellent advice here and It worked like a charm!! Thanks again♡

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Help !! My 96 toyota Avalon won't start after the windows were left open in rain and alarm went off. We un plugged alarm under hood can't figure it out tried putting the key in the doors to unlock it and shut off security light but nothing seems to work please help

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Hi all, My Subaru wont start even if professional mechanic people says its the fuel bump. My mate recons its the the alarm, and that it is causing false electrical stuff, is this true?

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Mark me as helpful please :O) Yer welcome sir

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Please help my car alarm wont let me open the car and when i tried to unlock the car with the key, the alarm go off. And also wont start the car.. Please help..

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Ok my 2002 nissan maxima is on lock mode because my car alarm remote got wet so one day when i was parked wit my car on it just locked itself wit the alarm and when i turned it off it wouldnt turn on anymore and the security light turned red when i try to turn the car on but i cant disarm the alarm wit the control remote because it got wet and all it does when i have the remote near the car is arm the alarm anybody know anything about this

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I have a 1996 honda 2 door and my alarm is goin off and it won't start. I dnt have a remote and my key doesn't work for the doors. I have tried everything from the battery to unhooking the box. It jus won't start I'm frustrasted and stranded. Plz help me plz!!!!!!!

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have a 1996 Volkswagen Passat at the auto repair I work at and need to figure out how to disable the alarm so that I can start the car can't get it in the shop if I can't move it

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2002 Honda civic. I parked and some how locked itself while I was inside. My alarm remote has a dead battery so i never lock my driver side door. Alarm is blaring, can't start it. In need of immediate assistance.

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Can someone please just tell me how to completely dis arm or disconnect my alarm. It goes off every single time I crank up my car, car runs great. But the alarm beeps at least 30 times before it goes off. EMBARRASING! PLEASE HELP ME. (also for some reason my key will not fit/go in my trunk so I cant try the trunk thing)

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My passat wont start sometimes and the alarm go's off when i try to start it so i have to pull the fuse to stop the alarm it dosn't do it all the time it's gone months with out it happening any idea's ?

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I have a 2000 cabrio Volkswagen n i drop my alarm n the water how can I disarm my alarm

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I have a 2000 cabrio Volkswagen n i drop my alarm n the water how can I disarm my alarm I don't have a door key to get n it work off the alarm


I got a 1996 3000gt been sitting for a year don't have key alarm pad or origanl key just spare key I put new battery and the car lights dash and everything turns on so does the alarm andnit won't go off how can I get it to go off and can the alarm be the reason for the car not to start? Everything was working fine before I parked it a year ago now it don't start but the alarm goes off and won't go off please help

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