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Alarm problems for 1997 volkswagen jetta

I want to disarm the alarm system for my Jetta, so I unhooked the module behind the light switch, the problem is I have a short somewhere in the alarm system. I don't know how to completely take the power out of the alarm system for good.
can You help me please?

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  • chad prescott Dec 31, 2008

    my alarm shatters when I put my key in the ignition key the car does not start unless I push start it it has a new battery and a new starter please help

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    i hVE problem with my alarm the window keep rolling down and the alarm keeps going off need to know how to disarm the alarm completley

  • Spacy Tracy Jan 25, 2009

    I've had problems with my alarm on my Jetta for years. My alarm will set if my passenger side door window is rolled up or down a couple of times, if it's a really hot day and I roll down my drivers side window, or sometimes just for the fun of it. I'm sick of it and I hope someone will help!!

  • 1200dan Feb 05, 2009

    v ubs are great when they work properly, problem is I have (2)1987 sciroco

    1997 jetta gl. both are money pits! I replaced the distributor in the 97 jetta

    drove it around the neighborhood, parked it in the drive, it died on me and

    hasn't started since. something is preventing the signal from the ecu to the

    hal-effect in the disributor. I have power to coil &distibutor. I can make the

    plug spark while grounding it(the plug body) and momentarily connecting

    and disconnecting the ign. coil connector w/ the rotor bug pointed at that

    plug wire i'm grounding. would like to by-pass alarm system if that's the problem???? need to sell badly! Dan Man

  • skyhawk02 May 20, 2009

    The alarm goes off when trying to start the car, and the car wont start. This problem started very suddenly.

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you should be able to turn off alarm via key in drivers door if not test all doors to make sure they unlock. if any door will not lock that door latch will need replaced if work ok then try disarming alarm from trunk key or from the passanger door. if that works,you may need to have the key recoded to the car.

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My friend you are faced with a catch 22 problem. The first thing I would like to know is, who installed the alarm system? Did you do it or was it professionally installed. If it wwas professionally installed I would go right back there and discuss the problem with them. It very well could be a defective unit. If you did not have it installed professionally I would disconnect the alarm and see if your battery still get's drained.If so, then the alarm is not the culprit, and you have some hunting to do. If not then you have some testing to do.Next what type of alarm is it? Try to google it. You may be able to find a trouble shooting guide to assist you. I know that you said you just replaced the battery, but the alarm very well may not be the culprit. It could be many other things as a loose fanbelt, bad diodes in your alternator, or some other componet draining your battery.

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