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Alarm system won't reset, car won't start

Our 1997 gls decided to set off its alarm yesterday when we wanted to put it back into the garage. didn't do anything to cause this. reset per vw owner's manual hasn't worked. tried opening/closing all doors & hoods, still nothing.
do get sound as if starter is trying to engage. battery in very good shape. any ideas????

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  • kenknutzen Sep 19, 2008

    We have an almost identical problem in that the car alarm has immobilized me and I can't start it. It acts like it thinks I am trying to break in. This happened once when I replaced a broken lock, but the problem was gone when I put the key in the door lock as per the instructions. Let me know if you have any ideas. the solutions suggested in the manual do not help.

  • febres2004 Oct 08, 2008

    Same problem the Alarm system did not reset I try everything the manual mentioned - (insert Key in front door and trunk) but car does not start. How can I disconnect the alarm?

  • naeemsol Oct 14, 2008

    I had the same problem. I stumbled on the solution by trying to use my cigarette lighter. I did not work!! Then my digital display went blank. and the alarm would do a very similar thing. I checked the fuses and lo and behold a fuse was blown. I replaced it, everything was back to normal. Now, do you know how to adjust a clutch?

  • Anonymous Oct 19, 2008

    i do not want the alarm on car period...EVER..NEVER..i want it gone and out of my life, i have no use for it..were is it.so i can remove it and throw it away once and for all

  • Anonymous Oct 21, 2008

    Are you sure about the battery. Mine appeared to be strong enough in that the lights went on and flashed etc. However, we jump started the car, drove it to get a battery and it hasn't missed a beat. Consider the battery as a possible issue. Ken

  • rwc27q Oct 21, 2008

    Well, it turned out to be the battery. After jump starting it I got the battery/charging system checked out and the weak battery (had a bad cell) was causing the alarm system to freak out. No problems since the new battery. Thanks to all--and I'm getting a bunch of spare fuses today.

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The alarm system just blows on these cars, its a fact. I never use the key in the trunk because it will trigger the alarm.  I had some trouble with the alarm, and found out it was something to do with the cigarette lighter/cell phone charger connection. I simply don't use that anymore either. When the alarm triggers, and you cant turn it off with the key, it must be a fuse. The alarm will beep an annoying beep for 4 min, in that time i will disconnect the battery cable, find the blown fuse underneath the dash, replace it, and then reconnect the battery, at which time you will have to put your key in the door and disengage the alarm again, and breathe a sigh of relief.  Keep a bunch of 15 or 20 amp fuses around and a 10 millimeter wrench or whatever for the battery terminal.
Good luck.

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I had a similar problem with my '97 Trek. It took me quite a while to get the sequence of events straight that caused the fuse to blow. I finally found the problem had to do with applying the E-Brake.
I discovered the wires that run to the remote trunk release in the console had come loose from the clip. The wires got pinched in the e-brake handle and shorted blowing the fuse. Look there you may be suprised what you find..
Mark

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