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MODELS ALARM PROBLEM

2000 Plymouth Other

Electrical problem
2000 Other Plymouth Models 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 91000 miles

My 2000 Neon has an alarm problem. While driving, the doors automatically lock hundreds of times and randomly as if I just opened the door. Plus when I turn off the car and leave it with the doors locked the alarm will sound relentlessly causing the horn to go off and the lights to blink. Now I had a friend take out the horn fuse which allows my neighbors to sleep a little easier, but the lights still go off. Now the battery is dead. This is the third battery I have had to buy. How can I separate the alarm? All I want is to disable the alarm without affecting the entire electrical system. Thanks.
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Punkrockdude08
December 7, 2008.



We will need to know what model and type of plymouth you have then we can tell you how to disconnect the alarm module. Please advise.

Tiny
James W.
Dec 7, 2008.
My car is a 2000 Plymouth Neon LX 4-door sedan.

Tiny
Punkrockdude08
Dec 7, 2008.
Depending on what type of alarm system you have, the control module is either on the right side of the steering column below the key switch, or under the center of the dash. This is assuming it is a factory unit. If it's aftermarket, it could be anywhere. Hope this helps.

Tiny
James W.
Dec 7, 2008.
I hope you don't mind a bit of input Mr Weizel.

You will need to get the RKE/VTSS module read for faults. You cannot just remove the module from the system i'm afraid. Vehicle will not run without this module? Check with your dealer to see if your vehicle comes under the service bulletin guidelines?

REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY (RKE) MODULE
Vehicle Theft Security System (VTSS) module is integrated into RKE module. Also see VEHICLE THEFT SECURITY SYSTEM (VTSS) MODULE. RKE module controls power door locks and VTSS. RKE module also wakes up Mechanical Instrument Cluster (MIC) module when it senses a signal from RKE transmitter. RKE module communicates with other modules via the Programmable Communication Interface (PCI) bus circuit.
RKE module monitors Air Bag Control Module (ACM) messages to check for air bag deployment signal. An Enhanced Accident Response Feature (EARF) is activated if air bag deployment signal is received, ignition is on and vehicle speed is zero MPH. EARF will unlock all doors, and illuminate instrument cluster and courtesy lights.
RKE module also communicates with Powertrain Control Module (PCM) to receive vehicle speed information to activate rolling door lock, to receive " okay to lock" message, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and body style information. Vehicle Access Code (VAC) from up to 4 RKE transmitters can be programmed into RKE module memory. Horn chirp feature on vehicle lock command is programmable. See REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEMS - NEON article.
SENTRY KEY IMMOBILIZER MODULE (SKIM)
SKIM prevents unauthorized vehicle operation. Sentry Key Immobilizer System (SKIS) consists of the SKIM and ignition keys equipped with a transponder chip (Sentry Keys). SKIM communicates with other modules via the Programmable Communication Interface (PCI) bus circuit.
SKIM sends messages to Mechanical Instrument Cluster (MIC) module to control Vehicle Theft Security System (VTSS) indicator light. MIC module performs VTSS indicator light check when ignition switch is turned to RUN or START position. MIC turns indicator light on for about 3 seconds. If indicator light remains on, SKIM has determined a system malfunction exists or SKIS has become inoperative. If invalid key is inserted in ignition switch and turned to RUN position, SKIM will flash VTSS light. If invalid key is turned to START position, vehicle will start and run for 2 seconds, then shut off. For additional information on SKIS, see SELF-DIAGNOSTICS - NEON article.
VEHICLE THEFT SECURITY SYSTEM (VTSS) MODULE
VTSS module is integrated into Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) module. Also see REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY (RKE) MODULE. VTSS module monitors vehicle doors, hood, trunk (deck lid) key cylinder and ignition for unauthorized operation/entry. When alarm is triggered, the horn will sound, and interior and exterior lights will flash for 3 minutes. Exterior lights will continue to flash for 15 minutes. VTSS module will communicate with Sentry Key Immobilizer Module (SKIM), and other modules, via the Programmable Communication Interface (PCI) bus circuit to activate " engine kill" feature. The engine will not restart until VTSS is disarmed. For additional information on VTSS, see ANTI-THEFT SYSTEMS - NEON article.

INADVERTENT SIREN ACTIVATION
TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): 08-012-03, Date of Issue: April 25, 2003
CHRYSLER: 2002 (PG) PT Cruiser (International Markets); 2001-03 (PT) PT Cruiser (International Markets)
DODGE: 2000-03 (PL) Neon (International Markets)
PLYMOUTH: 2000-03 (PL) Neon (International Markets)
GROUP: Electrical

Related Ref Number(s): 08-012-03
ARTICLE BEGINNING
SUBJECT
NOTE: THIS BULLETIN IS BEING PROVIDED IN ADVANCE. DO NOT ORDER PARTS OR PERFORM ANY ACTIONS RELATED TO THIS BULLETIN UNTIL MAY 9, 2003.

Inadvertent Siren Activation
OVERVIEW
This bulletin involves replacing and configuring an Alarm Remote Keyless Entry Module (ARKEM).
MODELS
2002 (PG) PT Cruiser (International Markets)
2000-2003 (PL) NEON (International Markets)
2001-2003 (PT) PT Cruiser (International Markets)
NOTE: THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A THATCHAM ALARM, SALES CODE LSC.

SYMPTOM/CONDITION
Customer may describe inadvertent siren activation or security alarm activates for no apparent reason, can happen at any time.
DIAGNOSIS
If this condition can be duplicated or customer describes this condition, perform the Repair Procedure.
PARTS REQUIRED
PARTS REQUIRED
Qty. Part No. Description
104671880ACModule, Alarm Remote Keyless Entry

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
No. Description
CH6000AScan Tool (DRBIII(R))
CH2002General Purpose Interface Bus Cable Assembly

REPAIR PROCEDURE
NOTE: AFTER INSTALLING A NEW ARKEM (RKE) MODULE IT MUST BE CONFIGURED USING THE DRBIII(R) SCAN TOOL AS DESCRIBED BELOW. THE DRBIII SCAN TOOL MUST BE OPERATING AT LEVEL 56.0 OR HIGHER.

Replace the ARKEM (RKE) module as described in the appropriate service manual.
Hook up the DRBIII(R) Scan Tool to the Data Link Connector (DLC).
With the key in the ignition, turn the key to the RUN position.
After the DRBIII Scan Tool initialization, perform the following: Select " Theft Alarm".
Select " VTSS".
Select " Miscellaneous".
Select " Configure Module".
Select " Yes" for Current Configuration Display.
Press Any Key.
Select the number of the model year of the vehicle (new requirement).
Select the number of the body style of the vehicle.
Select the number for Left Hand Drive or Right Hand Drive.
Select the number of the Market.
Select the Desired VTA (module) Type.
The Current Configuration is displayed.
Reprogram the RKE (Key Fob) Transmitter(s).
The configuration is complete, disconnect the DRBIII(R) Scan Tool.
POLICY
Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.
TIME ALLOWANCE
TIME ALLOWANCE
Labor Operation No: DescriptionAmount
08-80-28-92ARKEM, Replace & Program0.3 Hrs.

Dave H
Dec 8, 2008.