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  Unhappy 2000 Caravan alarm/starting problem - Posted: 10-26-2004, 02:24 PM
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Due to some intermittent starting problems, I removed the battery cables to clean them and the battery posts. Then, when I reconnected the battery, the alarm has been activated- both interior and exterior lights flashing. Van will not start or even turn over, even with a jump. I have tried these suggested solutions: 1) Using the fob remotes, 2) Locking and unlocking driver's door, 3) Reconnecting the battery with the key in the "On" position. Nothing has worked. How do I disarm the alarm system and get this vehicle rolling again? Thank you.
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 Posted: 10-26-2004, 02:35 PM
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There is another trick that worked on older Grand Cherokees where you unlock the passenger door with the key to disarm the system when it is going off. Maybe try this?
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 Posted: 10-26-2004, 03:41 PM
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Thanks, James. I tried that to no avail.
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What kind of intermittent starting problems have you been having?
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 Posted: 10-26-2004, 05:18 PM
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I have had to jump it about three or four times in the past couple of months. I think it was due mainly to corroded battery connections. That is why I decided to "do it right" and clean the connections. Since then- dead in the water- literally- it's raining! This same thing happened several months ago. We called AAA and the tow truck driver used a length of wire to "jump" the alarm control unit, which successfully deactivated the alarm and allowed us to start the van. Unfortunately I don't remember how and where he did that, so I can't replicate it.
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This sounds like a problem with the battery itself. Pull the battery and borrow a battery charger to put a full charge on it. Then take it to AutoZone or Advance or someplace like that where they will load-test your battery.

It's commonly known about these vehicles that when the battery gets near the end of its life, it will start producing all sorts of goofy electrical problems. And that would also account for the intermittent starting problems you've had. The buildup of corrosion is another sign of a battery on the way out.

Get yourself a new battery and I'd be willing to bet your problems go away.
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If you have an aftermarket alarm you have to deactivate them by turning the key on and pressing a hidden switch under the dash.
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