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Can the alarm drain my battery and is there a kill switch for the alarm?My car won't start but it's a brand new battery in it. When I open the door the alarm goes off for a while then stops. I don't have an alarm key. It wont start with a jump either.

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    paul roofer johnson Jun 29, 2012

    I have a 1988 coup deville and i am having the EXACT same problem.. The car will not start after the alarm goes off because the alarm disables the starter all yu have to do is dissconnect a battery terminal then put it back on and the will start right up... So what i am trying to figure out is how do i dissable the stock alarm completly?.. Can anyone helf me with this?!...

  • Anonymous May 09, 2016

    Try using your door key and locking then unlocking your driver's door. That should reset your alarm.

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The remote control for the electric door locks should disable the alarm just lock it then unlock it, try that it might work

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