farfegnugen = farfrommoving

September 2nd, 2008 - 3:59pm by Slye Fox

Well this is clever [insert long string of expletives]...

I swapped my '92 VW Golf this weekend for one of the company vans to help a friend move. To avoid leaving my car in the parking lot and hence vandal potential, I drove it into the company garage in front of the other van. This is typical when anyone borrows a van. I left the key in the ignition so that when people arrived this morning, they could park it in the lot for me until I showed with the other van. No problem. Except...

When Jeff went to start the car to back it out, the alarm went off instead. WTF! I didn't even think the alarm worked. And -- no one could figure out how to turn the alarm off, so the hood was popped, the negative terminal disconnected, and the car pushed out into the lot. Problem solved -- for them.

Now I show up and hear this delightful little story. So I go look at the car and reconnect the battery and try to start it. Bwap! Bwap! Bwap! Bwap! The alarm goes off. So I turn it off with the key in the door lock and try again. Same thing. >:( Giving up for the time being, I spend the rest of my day doing internet research into my issue. I also have the service manual (much more helpful).

I learn that two things are now wrong that the alarm has been tripped.

  1. The radio is in "SAFE" mode and needs the authority code to reset. I found the instructions for this in my service manual and the 4-digit code in my driver's manual. No problem.
  2. The "Immobiliser" system has been engaged and has killed power to my starter. In other words, even with the alarm disabled, the car won't start. Fuck it all!

No combination of battery disconnecting, on switch position, key dances, or voodoo are doing any good. I spent an hour screwing around with it. My Dad is a walking car manual and he had no ideas for me. The Volkswagen technician from the dealer was even less helpful.

Eventually -- I found a picture of the goddamned "Immobiliser" in my service manual and with it a picture of a special electronic ring that "sees" a magic dealer key with a special magnet in it. (The key I normally carry is a re-cut that's much less bulky, but has no magnet). So the car is dead in the water until I come back tomorrow with my collection of spare keys for it. I know that they're the originals and are the right shape, so let's hope one has the magic magnet to restart the damn car.

Arrrrhg! Infuriating! You better believe everyone here has had a lesson in disabling my alarm the right way in case there's a next time.

September 2, 2008 - 5:16pm
damncutekitty says:

Dude... that just sucks.

September 2, 2008 - 6:20pm
Rayana says:

what key did you leave with the car?

September 3, 2008 - 3:44am
Slye Fox says:

I have a copy key that doesn't have the big plastic molded bit around it. It's smaller and so that's what I normally carry around. Guess I'll be switching to the old key from now on. Hopefully one of the two "dealer" keys I found work tomorrow. o_0

September 3, 2008 - 7:07pm
Rayana says:

I have the same thing:

It's called PassKey III. Hence... 100 dollar car keys (lame)

I'm surprised that someone copied one of those keys and thought it would work.

September 3, 2008 - 9:39am
Slye Fox says:

So my factory key didn't work either. Dammit! This is turning into a small nightmare that's probably going to get expensive quickly. Sonofabitch.

Anyone have any ideas?