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My alarm keeps going off

It happened this morning, my alarm keeps on honking, i have checked all the doors and nothing it keeps on going off, is my door spring that turns off the radio the cause of this? because sometimes my radio does not shut off when i have the door wide open( engine turned off) The horn starts out with a small "blip" beep then the panic alarm starts going off. Is it the door switches?

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  • John Jon May 11, 2010

    get rid of the neighbour waking tool toss it out after you uninstall it!

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    Want the horn not to sound everytime I open the door, it stops only when the key is turned on.

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    Austin Apr 09, 2015

    I've had the same problem with a 2003 cavalier. It was the door switch that tells the car the door is opened or shut! Sounds like a simple problem but it was definitally the problem.

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I had the same problem with the alarm, the radio, the dome light staying on the lights left on alarm not going off four trips to the GM dealer who refers to my 2004 cavalier as a "crapalier" I have spent hundreds trying to have this problem fixed and finally figured out a solution which is never ever again in my lifetime will I purchase a GM product and some adavan to caml myself in the knowledge that my tax dollars are going to help this worthless company out. sparks169@hotmail.com

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