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I have 2001 explorer sport
, SUddenly the alarm is

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Customer: Hi I have 2001 explorer sport
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: SUddenly the alarm is going off--meaning the horn is going off--its just sitting in garage
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose) I'm an independent contractor here at Just Answer.

An alarm going off on a vehicle not running and the doors locked indicates the perimeter anti theft has been triggered. This occurs when the module detects the battery voltage has fluctuated like form a light coming on. The most common reason for this is sticking door ajar switch attached to the door latch in the doors and liftgate. Open those doors and spray the latch pretty good with some penetrating lube like liquid wrench then close the door about 5 times and retest.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi--the only way to test this is too see if it goes off again--correct? Thanks
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

That is correct, there is not a physical test to see what is to blame using a diagnostic tool. This error is not stored.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi--further update: I went to mechanic to check battery. Discovered the horn is suddenly not working. We changed the fuse and blew horn and it popped the fuse. Then disconnected horn and tested horn wire and it was hot--so the horn was recieving power.What do you think?Thanks
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Unplug th horn and try another fuse. If the fuse does not blow when tying to honk the horn then it is your horn that is internally shorted to ground and faulty.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We did that. Then the horns needs to be replaced? And also, how was this related to alarm (which are horns) to going off? Thanks
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

If the alarm went off for a while the honking horn eventually caused the horn to fail.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
this is important: If the alarm went off its not because the horn was failing? Meaning even after I replace horns there could be another problem with alarm?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
PS. The horn did not go off for that long
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

The alarm will not go off from a faulty horn.

You have 2 issues now.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We are going to replace the horns tomorrow. What is your recommendation?
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

What is my recommendation on which concern?

Have tried everything I have mentioned so far?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Chris, tomorrow we are going to put in new horn but my question to you is whats our next move in terms alarm malfunction? Also, the horn did not go off enough to fail
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Did you lube the door jar switches yet?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did that last night. And I did not hear the alarm/horn go off all night so I thought I was good to go. And when I got to mechanic, the horn did not work. But last night I did change the fuse for horn and the horn was still working
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

You may need to wait till the horn is working again to confirm the alarm issue is resolved since with an inoperable horn you will not hear the alarm going off.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Chris,
We replaced the horns and sprayed all the latches again. I got it back in my garage and 15 minutes later the alarm/horns went off. Suggestions?Thanks
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Can you lock it up and watch the vehicle and or record it to see if the dome light comes on prior to the alarm?

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

I like to stay in contact with my customers that appear not pleased, still working on the concern, or have not rated yet. I assume you were not pleased with my help. I hate that you have spent money to get an answer but left not happy. Can you tell me why, or can I help more. If its more help you need just reply and we can pick up where we left off.

Thanks Chris