Question about 1997 Volkswagen Jetta
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????
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.
Posted on Oct 21, 2008
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..
Posted on Oct 24, 2008
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