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Alarm sounds when unlocking door with key.

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I just purchased a 1997 Esprit and just learning my way around the car. I did not get an owners manual so I will need to find one of those. One of my issues currently is that the car alarm sounds and sometimes car gets immobilized when I unlock the door with the key. I don't know if I am supposed to have a remote for this car, I'm guessing I should but I don't. Is there a trick to using just the key? Is it possible to get a remote? Not sure what alarm the 1997 uses, but it sounds like a Cobra alarm. Is that right?



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Yes - cobra. Alarm unit is under the dash - with immob unit above right hand fuel tank when viewed from the rear - by the Ecu.

its meant to be unlocked with the fob really


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Thanks for the information. The remote is probably long gone.

I seem to have found something that works now. When you lock the door, turn key clockwise 90 degree and leave lock in that position. Remove key and system is auto-armed. To un-arm the system put key into 90 degree lock and turn counter-clockwise back to 0. Wait for the arm light to go solid and then off. I could then open the door without the alarm sounding. Anything other than those steps ended with the alarm sounding with a scramble to turn it off (somehow!).

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