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The alarm on 1997 Jetta GL goes off randomly. It is activated when you insert the key in the driver door to lock all the doors. It honks to signify the alarm is on. Then 2-4 minutes later it starts honking as if someone tried to open the door. The alarm goes off once you insert the key and open the locked doors again.

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  • jleavitt Aug 02, 2009

    What do GROUNDs look like and how do I check if the connection is bad or not? Thanks for providing more details

  • jleavitt Aug 02, 2009

    What do GROUNDs look like and how do I check if the connection is bad or not? Thanks for providing more details

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Look Around Engine Compartment For A Loose Or Corroded GROUND, Like Battery To BODY They Are Sensitive to Bad Connections

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  • Ronnie Wilson Aug 03, 2009

    They are Normaly Black in Color and The MAIN One is ON the - NEG Side of Battery, Be Sure All Are Clean of Corrosion and Thghtly Connected.

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