I have a 1996 Volkwagen Jetta with an alarm problem. The alarm will not turn off .
The key will mechanically unlock the driver’s side door but will not deactivate the alarm. The flashing alarm light on the door stays on after unlocking the door, and when I open the unlocked door, the alarm goes off. I cannot turn off the alarm sound by turning the key in the door in any direction. I am able to shut the alarm sound off by putting the key in the trunk. However, the car remains in a security mode and will not start. Trying to start the car will make the alarm start again.
I’ve contacted the dealership and my usual mechanic and they both have never heard of this situation and can say no more than “we’ll take a look at it.” If anyone has any insight I would be so grateful. Without more info, I’m worried about towing 2 ways for expensive diagnostics that may not be fruitful.
I’ve never had a remote or keyless fob option, just a key, which is a replacement, not original.
I briefly checked the wires in the door boot, hoping to find an obvious culprit, but don’t know what to look for.
After replacing the starter in 2011, the power locks malfunctioned. They could no longer simultaneously lock or unlock all the doors from driver’s door. Could only just lock/unlock driver’s door. In addition, when you locked or unlocked the driver side door, the “motor” sound of the locking system could be heard engaging all the locks …even though they did not all lock/unlock along with driver’s side. This motor sound continued to sound beyond the normal length of time…for about 30 seconds, instead of 2 seconds after the starter was replaced. I never fixed this and this was the status quo of my locking system until the development described above with the alarm… Currently, I no longer hear the motor sound of the locks when I lock or unlock the car, but the lock will still mechanically lock and unlock.
Speedometer/odometer do not usually work. (the mileage and clock do work). Occasionally when there is a significant drop in temperature, the speedometer and odometer work again. They will function again for one trip, but will not work after turning off the car and restarting in the same temp.
Radio stopped working when I had battery replaced
Previously when I was locked out by the alarm in 2007, jumpstarting the car made it possible to drive. Jumpstarting this time just makes the alarm sound.