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Hello to all, I am working on a friends 1996 VDP ( I have lots of X300's of my own as well,not to mention a 72 XJ6 with 475,000 miles ) so anyway the 96 I was doing some work in the drivers door, you know the usual, broken door check, stretched door latch cable, and installing a missing link from the key lock barrel to the lock latch. Anyway while doing this I unhooked the electrical connector to the latch and that tripped the alarm. So had to disconnect the battery, but after reconnecting the wires and hooking up the battery the alarm is still engaged. So I obviously need to reset the alarm, so the question is how do you do that. There is no key fob for the car just keys, ( which is why I had to hook up the door key barrel to latch switch ) so I have searched and searched and found references to a hard reset, but I cannot find how this is done,
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I think that a hard reset is not just limited to any one system.
I believe that it just involves disconnecting the positive battery clamp and attaching it to the negative clamp (not the other way round) for a few minutes.
Kind of like ctrl-alt-delete for your computer.
I think it just realigns the chakras or something.
Check before you do it in case I am completely wrong!
 
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For US cars without the security feature in the original stereo

My recommendation is to remove both cables and bring both together in the air

This reduces the notion of which one cable to remove

Sometimes the cables touching takes some time so by placing a towel or cardboard box over the terminal posts and using your jumper cables to connects the 2 battery terminal wires together can be left overnight

I have found the longer time clears up the stubborn hangups

This reset will effect the engine ECU so on startup you may notice the engine perform better until the engine relearns the perimeters for pollution control which degrades the engine performance
 

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Seems like you would know this already, but anyhow:

Disconnecting the battery does not pull the car out of alarm mode, as you found out. The key fob does not clear alarm mode either. To reset it, you need to put the key into the ignition and turn it on. That's the only way to reset an alarm activation.

I don't think even the "hard reset" will clear it, but let us know what you find out.
 
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If simply disconnecting the battery or even doing a "hard reset" disarmed the alarm system, it might as well not be fitted! The system is designed to do precisely what you found. The alarm will go off again when the battery is reconnected:




As suggested, put the key in the ignition and turn it to deactivate the alarm.

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Thank you everybody for the help,
As you have noted, doing anything regarding the battery had no effect, both touching the leads together for any time period, to touching the neg lead to the pos lead while the pos lead was still attached to the battery, ( with the key on ) also had no impact.
Also I should note, that the car would not start, nor disengage the alarm ( I know it is a NA car, without immobilizer, but it would not turn over ) the only thing that worked was key in the driver door, locking and then unlocking, did the trick.

Anyway thank everyone for the help.
Got her back on the road and now she can lock her car, so she is happy

Darryl

 
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