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    Clifford Alarm is going nuts!!

    Hey guys,

    I need help. I have a Clifford alarm installed in my Jeep and I never ever use it. It was in the Jeep when I bought it so I have no clue how it works other then turning it on and off.

    But just tonight it started going off for no reason. Its not armed or anything. Its almost like it on Panic mode or something. Anything I touche on the remote sets off the alarm and I can`t stop it till it stops its self to then restart again.

    Does anybody have a clue on how to stop what is going on?? I live in a huge appartment building and this is surely making alot of people very angry.

    Is there anything I can do to temporarily disable the system? Or even just cut the siren wire? Anything??

    Thanks

    Lucien

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    try removing the excessive wires around the stock bundle-- it is usually one of those.

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    Thanks, but what is the "stock bundle"? I`ll do anything to stop that non sense. Even if it means breaking it. Now my remote doesn`t respond at all??

    Thanks again

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    If you don't know, then don't go around chopping wires without reason. Take it to someplace like Circuit City or a local car audio shop and make it their problem.

    But if you want to take a stab at it yourself. do this:

    1) Detach your battery. Now if it still goes if the previous owner installed quite an annoying thing with a backup battery.

    2) Look under your steering wheel. Look for a little black box with the brand name of the alarm on it or something like that. Should have a wiring harness or something. Yank it out. Now try to make it go off. If it still goes off, wrong box.

    3) Rinse wash repeat if you failed.
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    the stock bundle is the stock bundle of wires that originally came with the car.

    usually, anything aftermarket will be added on to the stock bundle as strays.
    By removing one of those strays should stop it. Troubleshoot the issue by removing the strays one by one from the ground side. If all else fails, remove the ground for the time being.

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    Cool thank you. Ill give that a try. I wasn`t gonna cut just any wire. I know quite a bit in mechanics and the essential in car electrical but I just don`t know anything about alarms.

    I will definetly try the remove that harness.

    But wouldn`t that disable my ignition? i assume if I uplug that harness that my Jeep wont start? I guess if it does start thats a pretty crappy alarm system. Anybody could break in, unplug, and drive off...

    Thanks again

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    I've had the same type of thing happen to me, I overloaded the siren output circuit, and cooked the siren switching circuit inside. It did just what you are talking about. So that circuit may have failed.

    Does it do anything odd when you try to arm it?

    When did this start to occur?

    I can try to help you troubleshoot it if you feel like taking the steps and tearing stuff apart in your jeep. Otherwise take it to an installer. However the fact that this is happening while disarmed makes me think that the alarm failed.

    There should also be a red wire and a red/white wire with fuses going to the alarm, you can pull those fuses, unplugging the box should work similarly. Cutting the twin leads to the siren will work if all else fails, ie. you cant find those fuses or the box..

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    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    I've had the same type of thing happen to me, I overloaded the siren output circuit, and cooked the siren switching circuit inside. It did just what you are talking about. So that circuit may have failed.

    Does it do anything odd when you try to arm it..
    Hey.

    Yes it is acting weird. If I try to arm it or even disarm it it just goes off like crazy and I can`t stop it which is very weird. But now since the past hour it stop going off for no reason, its armed and now every button I try on my remote wont do anything at all...?? Very weird.

    So the doors are locked and I can`t disarm it. Well i`ll leave it be for the nigh so my neighbours don`t kick my ***. I`ll try to open a door in the morning and see if the remote responds. Hopefully I can disarm it with the valet code thing (which I have never used)

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    I think you are 99% likely to need a new alarm.

    I think you have a bad ground on the alarm's wiring, but you likely now have a damaged module, you can try to fix the ground problem (and see if that does fix it), and will need to if you end up swapping in a new module for a new one, using existing wiring. But I'd just pull the module or fuses in the meantime to not deal with the nuisance alarms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    I think you are 99% likely to need a new alarm.

    I think you have a bad ground on the alarm's wiring, but you likely now have a damaged module, you can try to fix the ground problem (and see if that does fix it), and will need to if you end up swapping in a new module for a new one, using existing wiring. But I'd just pull the module or fuses in the meantime to not deal with the nuisance alarms.
    Cool thanks man. I try pulling a fuse or whatever to disconnect that alrm in the morning when its a little warmer out. Its about -25C (-10F) outside right now.

    Thanks for your help.

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