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How to Turn Off a Car Alarm

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Maybe you accidentally hit the panic button on your key fob. Or, for some reason, the car alarm just won’t turn off. Either way, a ceaselessly bleeping, blaring vehicle alarm is a nuisance, to say the least.

Here are some practical steps you should take to turn off your car alarm if you find yourself in this cacophonous (and often embarrassing) situation.


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A quick fix

  • In most modern vehicles, you can silence the alarm system by pressing the lock and unlock button on the key fob.
  • Another common remedy is to manually unlock the driver’s side door with the key.
  • If these two options don’t work, insert the key into the ignition and try starting the vehicle.
  • Sometimes the vehicle’s alarm is connected to an engine immobilizer. This can lock up the system, preventing you from turning the key once it’s in the ignition. In this case, try inserting the key into the trunk lock and opening the trunk manually. Depending on how your vehicle is wired, sometimes the wiring will include the trunk area. Opening the trunk with your key can deactivate the alarm system.

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How to disable the alarm itself

If the alarm still won’t turn off, you’ll want to manually disable it. Here are the two main ways to disconnect your vehicle’s alarm.

Pull the fuse

Locate the fuse box and use needle nose pliers or plastic tweezers to cut the alarm’s circuit. (The fuse box will usually be on the left side of the steering column.) If you can’t find the fuse box, consult the owner’s manual. Browse online or consult the owner’s manual for a diagram of your vehicle’s fuse box to help you determine the correct fuse to pull out. The alarm should stop. If it doesn’t stop, take your car to a mechanic.

Disconnect the battery

Locate your vehicle’s battery underneath the hood, then locate the negative terminal. (The positive terminal usually has a red cap or a plus sign.) Use a socket wrench (and extender, if needed) to loosen the nut on the negative connector. Then slide the cable off the terminal, tucking it away from the battery. Next, loosen the nut on the positive terminal and disconnect it from the battery.

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