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How To Turn Off A Car Alarm That Won’t Go Off

How To Turn Off A Car Alarm That Won’t Go Off

Car alarms are undoubtedly one of the most important parts of a car. Their main purpose is to ward off any potential thieves (especially in what we all know is a place called Nairobery), though, if you happen to live in a part of the world where cars are not stolen, these alarms can be quite a nuisance to neighbors and members of the public when they won’t go off. The easiest way to turn off a car alarm would be to simply click the unlock button on your key, but what if your key fob is low on battery, lost, or stolen? Everyone around is giving you the side-eye. What do you do? Here are a few simple steps to follow; All the best!

Step 1: Try to open the door with the key

If you have your car keys with you, try to unlock the driver’s door. In the case, it’s already unlocked, lock the door and then unlock it again. Many cars e.g. Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, etc., are programmed to shut off the car alarm once the right key is inserted into one of the car doors.

Step 2: Turn the ignition on and wait

Put the key in the ignition and try to start the car. Almost all alarms, both factory-installed and aftermarket systems, will shut off and reset when the car is started. It might take a few minutes to work.

Step 3: Lock your doors

Getting into the car and locking your doors, might stop the alarm.

Step 4: Pull out the car alarm fuse

Look for the fuse box below the steering column. Fuse boxes usually have a fuse diagram on the lid of the fuse box. Most alarm fuses have an alarm label on them. If the fuse is not labeled, consult your owner’s manual or the internet for the location of the alarm fuse. Remove the fuse. If the alarm shuts off, you have pulled the correct fuse. If the alarm doesn’t shut off, re-install the fuse and try another one until you find the correct fuse.

Once the alarm has shut down, reinstall the fuse and see if this resets the system. If the alarm starts up again, it is time to consult an expert to repair it.

Step 5: Disconnect the battery

This is a last resort, as it will reset all of the electrical systems in the vehicle and your vehicle will not start until the battery is reconnected.

Disconnect the negative terminal (the black one) from your battery. The alarm should shut off immediately.

Wait a minute or two and reconnect the battery. Hopefully, the alarm has reset and will not start up again. If it does, try removing the battery cable again.

  • CarKey’s Tip: If this does not work, leave the battery cable disconnected and contact a mechanic or alarm installer to repair the system.

We hope these steps helped to solve your problem and your neighbors have stopped giving you those awful dirty looks. Until next time! Cheers!

Njoki Karingi
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