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I have a strange problem with a 1994 Acura Vigor that belongs to my grandson that we can't seem to fix. Afout 2 weeks ago while he was out at a convenience store I got back in the car and the alarm went off. Nothing trued the alarm (which is lights on and horns blaring). No the door key or putting the key in the ignition. He had to disconnect battery to get it to stop. The next day I went with him to get the car and we were able to get it started by disconnecting the hown wires, and then we did a reset on the alarm by disconnecting the wire that is on the metal post in front of the radiator. This reset the alarm (I think) and allowed the car to start. What he does right now is to disconnect the neg lead of the battery every time he goes somewhere BECAUSE, the lights will not turn off when the key is out AND the horns would continue to blast if we had them plugged in. It was by assumption that when we did the jumper on the alarm, it would reset the alarm and turn off the lights and horns. But not so. When the alarm initially went off he didn't know whet to do so it ran for quite a while before they were able to disconnect the battery and then horns. Help.

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  • terfer Apr 25, 2010

    The battery is always disconnected when the car isn't running as the lights are always on even with the key out so I know that resetting the with battery disconnected for long periods computer isn't the solution.
    however the green and black wire is one in the harness next to the fuse box we did not try and I would like to try that now. I have a few questions.
    1. Are you talking about the fuse box in the car on the drivers side next to left foot rest??
    2. If so you said the large wiring harness to the left of the fuse box. Looking to the left there are 3 harnesses that are under a trim plate that has the hood release. If I take off that plate there is a large harness that has a plug that it is plugged into right there. Is that the wiring harness you are referring to? The other two harnesses are just covered wires.
    3. Do you want me to scrape off insulation off the green/black wire and simply ground it?





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This it's a common problem with the factory alarm; is there a fuse for it? Do you have the manual for the vehicle?

If you disconnect the negative (black) battery cable for 20 minutes that should clear out the car's computer (make sure you have the radio code handy for restart if it's the factory radio - Check NOTE 2 to the end post).

This information from factory alarm disarm in the 94 Vigor:
Factory Alarm Disarm green/black - lrg harness left of fuse box

Find this wire, and ground it permanently. This should disable the factory alarm. Pay attention to all other features of the vehicle, like domelight, etc. If the dome light stays on when you ground this wire, you will have to hook it through a switch, then flip the switch when you need to disarm the alarm. I would think that your driver's door key cylinder needs to be replaced. In that cylinder is a switch that sends ground to the wire listed. The switch is probably going bad.

The probable cause is a bad door lock actuator switch. The switch contacts become oxidized and they block the “unlocked door” signal to the security system control unit. The fix is to replace the switches (and their retaining clips). The switches are attached to the door lock actuator inside each front door.
We've also found that the connectors between the door actuator and the security control unit develop corrosion over time, causing a bad connection. Cleaning these connectors will enable a good contact between the door actuator and the alarm computer. The December 02 Timely Topics article will show you how to fix this.

NOTE 1: An aftermarket security system will NOT fix this problem if it uses the existing switches to determine whether a door is unlocked.

I didn't get the stereo anti-theft code from the previous owner. What can I do? If you have the serial number, your Acura dealership can get the code for you. You'll have to remove the stereo to get the serial number. Your dealership will also be more than happy to remove it for you (at prevailing labor rates) and re-set the stereo.

Hope this help to solve it.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010

  • ZJ Limited
    ZJ Limited Apr 25, 2010

    CHeck the wiring diagram, like this image...



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