After raking key out, opening door, closing door, and arming alarm - Windows and radio still are on and functioning. Used to not be like this! Everything would cease to work after the key was out of the ignition and a door was opened to break the circuit. I just drove another VW and it worked right...Is there something that I can do to get this fdunction back?
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You need to have the VW dealer or a well equipped VW savvy repair shop scan the body control module (or whatever VW calls it) and see what codes return, it is likely the problem, but hold on you can't jut pop one in it must be programmed for your car.
I had a similar problem with my expedition--where the lights would not go off, allowing me not to arm the vehicle. I had read that in high humidity sensors and or mechanisms tend to stick. To solve my problem I used some silicone spray in every lock mechanism--cycling the locks by opening and closing the doors several times after spraying the locks. I have to do this once or twice a year.
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The key lock on the driver's side door is mechanically linked to a switch that turns the alarm on and off. You don't need a remote. Locking the door with the key turns the alarm on. Unlocking turns it off. I think the remote actually works through the same switch by mechanically locking or unlocking the door.
I've had a problem with mine intermittently setting off a false alarm as soon as the alarm is armed, which is about a minute after locking the door. It seems to be a problem with a switch in the trunk lid, because opening and closing the trunk is the only thing which relates to the problem appearing or not.
So my workaround, if the alarm is screwing up and I'm in a hurry, is to get out and walk around to the passenger side, open the door, press the dashboard door lock control to lock the doors, then close the door. That locks the doors without turning on the alarm system. To get back in I just use the remote or the door key.
ok so the same thing just happened with my jetta. So heres what worked for me: take off the door panel (drivers side) and you should see some melted or bunched wires together. just snip them and leave them be. It was either the wires or the sensor that messed everything up. This should work.
The door latch located in the door panel has a micro switch built into it assembly. It is what detects an open door. A new latch is about $150. If you could find a shop to replace it for you. You could also try buying some plastic-safe contact cleaner/lubricant and spraying the latch assembly out and opening/closing the door a few times to work it in.
most likely cause is latch cover plastic has broken and got lodged in the latch mechanism. now the fun part, fold down back seat , slide into trunk with a phillips screwdriver a flashlight and a large strait blade screwdriver, once in trunk remove trunk cover, then with strait blade unlatch the trunk. once lid is open remove latch and take out broken plastic to free up latch and reinstall then retest before closing trunk.
We have a similar problem - it doesn't go off when we open the door,
but sometimes the alarm light stays on after we open the door and then
when we put the key in the ignition to start the car the alarm goes
off. The only thing we've found to shut the alarm off is to get out of
the car and put the key in the trunk manually and open the trunk. Then
after we've opened and closed the trunk, the alarm disables and then we
can unlock the doors (which I believe is the step where the alarm
disables) and then we can start the car without a problem.