Theft Deterrent System Wont Activate

My keyless entry remote locks and unlocks the doors and trunk, even the panic button works...however, when I press the lock button twice the theft deterrent system will not activate. It was working fine up
until yesterday. Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Skipdogchip
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It probably thinks the hood or trunk is still open. Check the switches at those locations.
If you've recently bought the car used, be aware the previous owner may have disabled the alarm system to prevent it from going off all the time. This is done by disabling the hood switch.
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Tegger, Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, I did purchase the vehicle used. It is a 2000 Accord EX. The car did not come with a remote key fob even though the car had this option installed. I purchased the remote from my local Honda dealer and they programmed it for me. Everything worked great for about a week. Now, all of a sudden, the theft system wont arm when I press the remote lock button twice...once to lock the doors and the second time to arm the system. Any further thoughts? Thanks again, Skipdogchip
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> > > My keyless entry remote locks and unlocks the doors and > trunk, even > > the panic button works...however, when I press the lock > button twice > > the theft deterrent system will not activate. It was > working fine up > > until yesterday. Any suggestions and help would be greatly > > appreciated. > > > It probably thinks the hood or trunk is still open. Check the > switches at > those locations. > > If you've recently bought the car used, be aware the previous > owner may > have disabled the alarm system to prevent it from going off > all the time. > This is done by disabling the hood switch. > > > -- > Tegger > > The Unofficial Honda/Acura FAQ > www.tegger.com/hondafaq/
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In a private email, you asked me if I was aware of any bypass or Valet mode for the system. No, I'm not. But I don't think there is one.
The Owner's Manual for your car mentions no Valet mode, so it looks like the only "Valet" function is that provided by the Valet key that should have come with the car. And all that does is lock out the trunk.
If the security system refuses to arm, the most likely culprits are still the door/trunk/hood switches. Are any of the doors shown as being open acording to the light on the dash? If not, then you still need to check the hood switch.
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According to the dash, all doors are closed. I can still lock and unlock the doors remotely and open the trunk. The "Panic" button on the remote still works. The Honda dealer informed me that to activate the car "Theft Deterrent System" I needed to press the lock button on the remote twice. The first push locks the doors (no problem). The second push is to avtivate the alarm system, however when I push it all I hear is a click from the doors. The lights dont flash and the horn doesnt sound to let me know that the system is armed. Hood or trunk problem? Thanks again, Skipdogchip
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> > > Tegger, > > Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, I did purchase the vehicle > used. It > > is a 2000 Accord EX. The car did not come with a remote key > fob even > > though the car had this option installed. I purchased the > remote from > > my local Honda dealer and they programmed it for me. > Everything > > worked great for about a week. Now, all of a sudden, the > theft system > > wont arm when I press the remote lock button twice...once > to lock the > > doors and the second time to arm the system. Any further > thoughts? > > Thanks again, > > > > In a private email, you asked me if I was aware of any bypass > or Valet mode > for the system. No, I'm not. But I don't think there is one. > > The Owner's Manual for your car mentions no Valet mode, so it > looks like > the only "Valet" function is that provided by the Valet key > that should > have come with the car. And all that does is lock out the > trunk. > > If the security system refuses to arm, the most likely > culprits are still > the door/trunk/hood switches. Are any of the doors shown as > being open > acording to the light on the dash? If not, then you still need > to check the > hood switch. > > > > -- > Tegger > > The Unofficial Honda/Acura FAQ > www.tegger.com/hondafaq/
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The trunk switch is one of those monitored by the dashboard lamp. The hood is NOT monitored AT ALL. If the hood switch fails to function correctly, the system will think the hood is open, and will refuse to set the alarm. It will lock the doors, but not allow the alarm to be activated. You will not know by looking at the dashboard lamp that this has occurred.
This is why I keep saying you need to check out the hood switch.
Until you do that, and rule out the hood switch as the source of the trouble, there is not much more I can tell you.
What you may want to do (after ascertaining the hood switch is working properly) is to have the dealer confirm that the remote has been correctly programmed. Programming involves a procedure known as a "chicken dance". Normally, this either works or it does not, so having the dealer confirm programming is a long-shot solution.
Right now I think your hood switch is defective/dislodged/corroded/disconnected.
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What your dealer told you is WRONG. The Honda anti-theft system sets automatically 15 seconds after you lock the doors, hood and trunk from outside the vehicle (key, lock tab, door lock switch or remote transmitter). The chirp you get by pressing the button 2x is nothing more than confirmation.

Do you actually have a "Security System Light" next to the driver door lock plunger that can be seen from outside the vehicle through the drivers window?
If you actually have the security system, FIRST, do as Tegger says and check the hood pin switch. That is the only sensor on the alarm system that is not part of the monitor display (lights on dash to show what is open).
If that's OK, test the alarm. Leave the window down. Arm the alarm and wait 20 seconds. Then open the car by reaching through the open window to unlock and pull door handle. Does the alarm go off and the lights flash?
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Seth, Thanks for your input. Yes, there is a little red LED next to the lock post. It used to flash (now...nothing). I also used to get a confirmation "chirp" to let me know the system was set (now...nothing). In the morning I will test the system as you suggest, its late and my neighbors wouldnt appreciate my playing around with the alarm system. I will post back with the results. In the mean time, I will look into the hood pin suggestion. Thanks for your time, Skipdogchip
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> > > According to the dash, all doors are closed. I can still > lock and > > unlock the doors remotely and open the trunk. The "Panic" > button on > > the remote still works. The Honda dealer informed me that > to activate > > the car "Theft Deterrent System" I needed to press the lock > button > > on the remote twice. > > What your dealer told you is WRONG. The Honda anti-theft > system sets > automatically 15 seconds after you lock the doors, hood and > trunk from > outside the vehicle (key, lock tab, door lock switch or remote > transmitter). > The chirp you get by pressing the button 2x is nothing more > than > confirmation. > > > The first push locks the doors (no problem). The second > push is to > > avtivate the alarm system, however when I push it all I hear > is a > > click from the doors. The lights don't flash and the horn > doesn't > > sound to let me know that the system is armed. Hood or > trunk problem? > > Do you actually have a "Security System Light" next to the > driver door lock > plunger that can be seen from outside the vehicle through the > drivers > window? > > If you actually have the security system, FIRST, do as Tegger > says and check > the hood pin switch. That is the only sensor on the alarm > system that is > not part of the monitor display (lights on dash to show what > is open). > > If that's OK, test the alarm. Leave the window down. Arm the > alarm and > wait 20 seconds. Then open the car by reaching through the > open window to > unlock and pull door handle. Does the alarm go off and the > lights flash?
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Seth, I tested the alarm system as you suggested (twice). No alarm either time. So, lets move on to testing the hood problem. How and what do I need to test this part of the alarm system? Thanks again for your help, Skipdogchip
"skipdogchip" wrote: > Seth, > Thanks for your input. Yes, there is a little red LED next to > the lock post. It used to flash (now...nothing). I also used > to get a confirmation "chirp" to let me know the system was > set (now...nothing). In the morning I will test the system as > you suggest, it's late and my neighbors wouldn't appreciate my > playing around with the alarm system. I will post back with > the results. In the mean time, I will look into the hood pin > suggestion. > Thanks for your time, > Skipdogchip
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Find the hood pin switch. If memory serves me, the wire coming form the switch should show "open" when depressed and "ground" when up. If that test good then follow the wires as it may be shorted to ground somewhere along it's path. "ground" on that wire means the hood is open.
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