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Exterior alarm doesn't seem to work.

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ktwyford   
Wed Jul 22 2020, 09:53am
Member No: #56549
Joined: Jul 21 2020
Location: Forest Of Dean
Hello.
I have just got myself a 2017 Grand Picasso and I don't think the alarm is setting itself.
After I lock the car the alarm light flashes and the interior alarm sets properly, but the alarm doesn't go off if I try to open a door (unless it is unlocked). Can anyone confirm that the alarm should go off if I just pull at a door handle or shake the car? The place I bought it from told me that they think the alarm only goes off if someone actually opens a door, but reading the manual it sounds like it should go off if anyone tugs at a door handle. I read that some people have trouble with alarms going off in high winds, so that suggests that I should be able to set it off just by shaking the car.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Ken.
routemaster1   
Wed Jul 22 2020, 10:59am
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Joined: Jul 08 2007
Location: Dorset
ktwyford wrote ...

Hello.
I have just got myself a 2017 Grand Picasso and I don't think the alarm is setting itself.
After I lock the car the alarm light flashes and the interior alarm sets properly, but the alarm doesn't go off if I try to open a door (unless it is unlocked). Can anyone confirm that the alarm should go off if I just pull at a door handle or shake the car? The place I bought it from told me that they think the alarm only goes off if someone actually opens a door, but reading the manual it sounds like it should go off if anyone tugs at a door handle. I read that some people have trouble with alarms going off in high winds, so that suggests that I should be able to set it off just by shaking the car.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Ken.


I can confirm that the alarm doesn't go off if the car is locked and you pull a handle. Mine hardly ever goes off, usually caused my mis-setting or by movement of, say, a moth moving in the car.
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 ktwyford (23 Jul 2020 : 15:50)
Richard_C   
Wed Jul 22 2020, 01:47pm
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Joined: Oct 11 2016
Location: Cambridge
Generally they don't go off with rocking, otherwise every car ferry, eurotunnel train and mountain top car park and parking enforcement car-napping wagon would sound like a herd of rutting wildebeest. Many but not all have a sensor which sets the alarm off if the angle changes materially - lifting 2 wheels onto a draggy-thing or hauling it up onto a car transporter. If you plan to steal a car, get a truck with a lift arm and slings so you can keep the car level.
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 ktwyford (23 Jul 2020 : 15:50)
ktwyford   
Thu Jul 23 2020, 03:51pm
Member No: #56549
Joined: Jul 21 2020
Location: Forest Of Dean
Thanks to both of you for replying.
I was a bit confused as the instruction manual mentions that the alarm goes off if anyone attempts to enter the car using a door handle or the boot or bonnet. This makes me think that you don't actually have to open the door for the alarm to go off.
Cheers,
Ken.
 

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