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Car alarm problem on 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix

Okay I have a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. I park the car next to my apartment and random times through out the day and night the car alarm will beep 5 times then stop. I didn't really care about it at first i thought whatever the car still runs but one of the neighbors said something to me about it. I figured it would be a good idea to look into it. What would be the first area to look. One of my friends said probably a door switch. Thanks in advance!

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If it's chirping then the problem is the shock sensor. That is the only sensor (usually, unless you have a radar sensor) that has provisions for a "warn-away" chirp. If your door switches were the problem, you would have an all out alarm. Been there, done that.

Just crawl under the dash and look for the sensor, then unplug it. The problem should go away immediately.
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That makes sense because whenever a loud vehicle goes by it sets the alarm off. What am I looking for? What shape, size, and area under the dash should I be looking for the sensor.
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It's usually a small box-ish looking thing that is about an inch and a half square. They vary though. There should be a ribbon cable with 4 wires going to it and there is usually a hole you can put a screwdriver in to adjust. It's frequently attached to the steering column. It needs to be secure, or you will get false alarms. If it's flopping around, you will have problems, so if you see that, you may want to secure it with zip-ties.
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It's usually a small box-ish looking thing that is about an inch and a half square. They vary though. There should be a ribbon cable with 4 wires going to it and there is usually a hole you can put a screwdriver in to adjust. It's frequently attached to the steering column. It needs to be secure, or you will get false alarms. If it's flopping around, you will have problems, so if you see that, you may want to secure it with zip-ties.

awesome thank you very much. i will pull it in the garage tomorrow and look for it. so all i need to do is adjust it?
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No, don't bother adjusting it. If it worked before and now it doesn't, it didn't get out of adjustment, it is bad (or flopping around).
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