Jim Grant's Tech Tips
Dodge Intrepid, Self Activating Car Alarm
Q: My stepson recently purchased a '95 Dodge
Intrepid ES. The used car dealer said he did not have the remote for the
car alarm. Is there any way that we can disarm the alarm. The car was
working fine up until Nov. That is when the alarm started to arm itself.
Even though we get into the car, put the key in the ignition and try to
start the car, the car will start for a few seconds, then quit......Lionel
do not need a remote to activate or deactivate the alarm system in your
vehicle, it can be done with the ignition key. Often, problems can be
associated with the operator of the vehicle. Reviewing the arming and
disarming procedure in the Owner's Manual can be very helpful and cost-effective.
If there is a system problem, then it becomes a little more difficult.
One check for a system problem is performed by using the key to lock the
doors after closing them. On the dash there is indicator lamp that will
flash for 15 seconds, showing that arming is in progress. If no monitor
systems are activated during this period, the system will arm and the
indicator will flash at a slow rate. A steady light during the arming
process indicates a possible communication problem with the computer.
If the arming process doesn't work correctly then diagnosis will have
to be performed by a technician with specialized equipment.