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Car door alarm activation

This only happens when I start the car.I get in shut the door and then if I go to open the door while the car is still running the locks set and the red indicator lights. If I shut the door then it locks. What can I do to stop the alarm from setting when opening the door when the car is on? NOTE: does not happen when it is not started.

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Need more info. Is it an aftermarket alarm? What kind of car? If it is an aftermarket alarm, it is possible that the wiring to the alarm module could be configured wrong, making it think that someone is hot-wiring the vehicle. Or, it could be that the wires to the alarm are chaffed, and the power from the alarm is shorting to the door lock controls. If neither of those are an issue, then it could also be the settings on the alarm module itself (many aftermarket alarms are pre-programmed to lock the doors, as soon as the transmission gear selector is placed in "Drive", and if the wires are chaffed, shorted, or improperly connected, it could be that it's seeing the door pin switch, as that trans selector input). In any case, this sounds like an electrical problem for a skilled automotive electrical technician, because many of the vehicles panels may have to be removed, so that the wiring can be exposed & inspected. Without more details, I can only post a "professional opinion", rather than a "solution". I hope this helps.

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SOURCE: VW 2000 New Beetle door sensor/car alarm goes off when doors open.

I found a thread - http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1542461 that details the repair of the soldering on the key lock door module. Our 2000 new beetle had the same issue. Also sometimes it refused to start. Soldering pins fixed it all.

Also see http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1015107 for releasing window from track, And door handle from inner panel.

I ripped the door apart and re-solderd the pins. I only had one pin with cracked solder but two others looked thin so I did them while I was in there. It's about a four or five hour project if you have all the tools. (8mm triple square also called an 8mm internal was the hardest to find - Also needed Torx T8 T10 T15 and T30 plus Philips Screw Driver. )
Project is difficult but not too bad for the mechanically inclined. A 7 on a scale of 10.
Since re-soldering pins - no more issues! My guess is that a VW dealer would get $200 for a new moduel plus 5 hours of service time for this gig - easily a $500 to $1000 bill. My cost - several new tools - about $25.00.

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SOURCE: I have a 95 VW Jetta III that I just purchased.

Insert the key into the door lock on the driver side and move it to the unlock position two times quickly. That should turn off the alarm.

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SOURCE: 2002 VW Cabrio alarm problem:

i have a 2002 vw cabrio and won't start after i took out the battery everbody is telling me that anti-theft is lock mode how do i rest it so i can start my car

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