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QUESTION: I have a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville.For the past few days everytime I open the car door first with the key, and also from the inside, the alarm goes off. I do not have a remote keyless entry. Is there a way I can stop this?
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ANSWER: Hi Anne:

di you lock the door with the key fob? If so only press the fob 1 time the second lock press is to put the car into theft mode. so try that first. when you open the door do the dome lamps come on from the drivers door? I'll assume that is where the issue is from the l/f door. chances are that you have a switch in the door loack assembly that is bad and the remote funsction module doesn't see the door open siganl and then the alarm goes off. There is not way to turn that option off other then not arming it with a second "LOCK" button press. good luck :-}

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QUESTION: Todd, I don't have a key fob. I have to unlock it manually with the key. Then when I open the door, the horn blows, the lights flash off and on for a couple of minutes.Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

is this an sse or an sse? those up scale trims have the content tehft as well as a few se's if that is the way they were ordered. Still the same thing. You have an issue with a door lock tamper switch. the up scale (yours may be equipped) has a switch on the lock cylinder if that switch is bad it will cause your issue. with out having the VIN I can't tell you if the car has keyless entry if that is the case and it does (AU0) on the option code tag in the trunk you can just get a key fob and learn it to your car and avoid the while issue you have going on with the key. in the long run it's probably cheaper to just get a fob and learn it to the car then to have the switch in the door checked out and replaced. just a thought. I can't say I have ever seen a Bonneville that DIDN'T have keyless entry.

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General auto repair,electrical issues,driveability issues,anti-lock brakes,SIR systems,HVAC,engine performance,Gm specific. I have worked at my current dealership since the 1990 model year anything much older than that I have limited exposure to. I do not have very much transmission experience so those question you may want to ask of another expert. When you send me a question let me know the exact make/model/engine and year for the car or suv you have it makes it easier to answer the questions that way. If your happy with the answer I gave you please feel free to Donate. This is a free service to you and I am not compensated at all by this web site. I have 22 years of experience to share with you and my knowledge wasn't free to me. I had to pay for my education.


Experience in the area: I have been a technician in GM dealerships for over 22 years and I am a ASE master technician. I work at a Buick and GMC truck store Previously I worked at a Pontiac GMC store for 18 years. I Served a a lead technician when dealership was on a team system. I just recently moved to a Buick,Hummer,Saab Store when my franchise was purchased by this dealership. Organizations: ASE master technician


Education/Credentials:High school diploma,2 year vocational school degree 2 year college degree. Associates degree in applied sciences (auto technology)Awards and Honors: GMC master technician

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