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Old 25 May 2005, 11:25 am
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Default But I don't have a car alarm!

So I'm sitting at work today and someone calls and says my car alarm's going off. Hm, that's odd, I think...I don't have one! But I go outside, and sure enough the car is honking in rhythm, the hazards are flashing, inside and out. I tried starting and stopping the car, electronically and manually locking and unlocking the doors, and then just sitting there. Sitting there worked, as after a couple of minutes, it stopped.

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Old 25 May 2005, 12:11 pm
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Welcome to the forum.

When you lock the doors, either with a key or electronic key-fob, a little red light in the center of the large dial on the left (Gas/temp) will start flashing (if you have an alarm). After one minute the system is activated and the opening of the doors, rear hatch and hood (if you have an earlier model with a hood switch) will set off the alarm, which includes the horn and lights. After 3 minutes the horn will stop but the flashing lights will keep going for another 15 minutes. Putting your key in the drivers door lock and turning it will shut the alarm off. That's what my 2001 owners manual says.
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Old 25 May 2005, 04:40 pm
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SJGW, welcome to the forum! As for the alarm, what Crewzin said.
There is passive anti-theft, which is the key fob with a code that allows only your keys to start the car. There are also some that have the alarm. This warns when there is unauthorized entry into the car (doors or tailgate open).
It would also help if you supply what year and option levels yours has for any future questions. There are differences in our 'lil PTs.
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Old 25 May 2005, 05:08 pm
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I guess I sat on my Panic button, is that what y'all are saying?

It sure made me panic!
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When in doubt, read the owner's manual.[]
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Old 25 May 2005, 08:06 pm
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I guess I sat on my Panic button, is that what y'all are saying?
It sure made me panic!
With what your saying...you have the key-fob with the PANIC buton on it, and yes, sitting on it will trigger the alarm. I believe if you hold the PANIC button down again when the alarm goes off, it will shut off the horn and lights.
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Old 26 May 2005, 01:00 am
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Hate to admit it but I have accidentally set off the panic alarm several times. Crewzin is correct, if you set off the panic alarm, the ONLY way to get it to shut up (other than wait out the 3 minutes of flashing and honking) it to get fairly close to the car and press the red panic button on the remote.
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Old 26 May 2005, 02:02 am
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at a pt show my fiancee reached in the window and opened the locked passengerside door. Of course the alarm went off. all of a sudden about 25 other cars had there alarms go off. [:I] While im trying to figure this out the other owners are laughing their butts off. Aparently its a running gag of thiers that if someones alarm goes off everyone else hits thier panic button.

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