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Old 14 Jun 2011, 10:03 am
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Well, I don't see any other questions about security on this post, but I'll give it a try...

Following the last time a certain mechanic looked at my car, every time I lock the car in a manner that activates the security system, the alarm goes off 10 minutes later. This alleged mechanic (he's not on this list) doesn't believe he did anything, since he was looking under the hood. He refuses to repair it at his cost.

I have all of the manuals for the car, but I dont see anything that tells me details about the factory security system. I take it they do that for, well, security reasons. Unfortunatelly, that leaves me high and dry in terms of troubleshooting it myself.

Can anyone offer any guidance here?
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Old 14 Jun 2011, 04:27 pm
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Is your an early model like 01, 02? Reason i ask the early models had a switch (drivers side at back of hood) that was wired into the alarm. If he was under the hood he could have bumped this switch or broke it causing the alarm to go off.

If yours is later model they did away with that switch but there is still a hole for it on all models.
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Is your an early model like 01, 02? Reason i ask the early models had a switch (drivers side at back of hood) that was wired into the alarm. If he was under the hood he could have bumped this switch or broke it causing the alarm to go off.

If yours is later model they did away with that switch but there is still a hole for it on all models.
Yes, it's an '01. Does the switch look like a plunger? When I put on the reverse-opening hood, I removed it from its holder, but it's still wired up.
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Yes thats it. Try some tape to keep it closed or if its got 2 wires, you can shunt it by stripping the wires and twisting them together.
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I just looked at that switch and it and the wiring don't look damaged at all. The plunger separates from the connector. I wonder if I separate the two, if that'll fix it? I have stuff to do tonight, will play with it tomorrow. Good thought!
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Old 14 Jun 2011, 04:45 pm
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That should be a normally closed circuit, so connecting them together will take it out of the system.
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Yes thats it. Try some tape to keep it closed or if its got 2 wires, you can shunt it by stripping the wires and twisting them together.
I was posting my last message while you were posting this.

It was several years between replacing the hood and seeing this problem. The switch has been set as if the hood is open and it hasn't gone off. What you are saying sounds right, but it all seems backwards.

Hhhmmm...
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Old 14 Jun 2011, 06:26 pm
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This alleged mechanic (he's not on this list) doesn't believe he did anything, since he was looking under the hood. He refuses to repair it at his cost.
That is New Jersey.

I been all over the USA while I was in the army. Virgina, Texas, California,

I have to say the shadiest places in the USA are
1. New York City (not state)
2. New Jersey

Jersey is the most populated state per square mile.

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Old 14 Jun 2011, 08:31 pm
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That is New Jersey.

I been all over the USA while I was in the army. Virgina, Texas, California,

I have to say the shadiest places in the USA are
1. New York City (not state)
2. New Jersey

Jersey is the most populated state per square mile.
Good call! This guy is originally from Brooklyn.
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That should be a normally closed circuit, so connecting them together will take it out of the system.
Hi XWing,
I removed the plunger and put a paper clip into the connector to effectively do the same thing-short out the connection and make the car believe that the hood is closed. But, it didn't work. A couple of minutes later, the alarm went off again.

I guess that strictly speaking, if the wire is broken anywhere before that connector, the paper clip trick would not be doing anything. That could be the problem, or there might be a connection to another sensor somewhere in the car that could having a problem. If only I had a wiring diagram similar to the the rest of the car, I could go through them all.

Hhhmmm...the plot thickens!
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