Sensor?

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  1. GiggidyGee

    GiggidyGee Nice bum, where ya from?

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    I got this suv about a year ago from a reputable used car dealership. About a month after I bought it, for some reason the alarm started going off and the thing was telling me "gate ajar" so the gate door is apparently open but it never is and this happens at least once a month. I have to lock every door by hand, otherwise the alarm goes off. And it almost always goes off when I'm just about to fall asleep. I googled the issue and it is common with the vehicle and there were suggestions to replace the battery but I trust the car experts here more than a google expert.
    Any other suggestions other than taking it to a shop because I can't afford that at this very moment...?
  2. Commissar Smersh

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    Wiring gremlins are the worst, it could literally be anything. Alarm going off on its own I would agree with the battery, but the fact that you have to hand lock your car doors sounds like there's an issue with the alarm wiring, an alarm sensor somewhere or a voltage issue.

    What year, make and model is it? Is it a factory alarm or after market alarm?
  3. GiggidyGee

    GiggidyGee Nice bum, where ya from?

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    2011 dodge nitro I don't know if it's aftermarket or not...

    I can press the lock button on the door but then I have to lift the drivers side lock up and then hand lock it. And even then sometimes it will still go off. So I guess I'll have to save my pennies for a mechanic to look at it:(
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    Sounds like your Nitro has VTS (alarm system) that was an option and not standard equipment. It would be hard to troubleshoot without a scantool that can provide live data showing each door switch's position (open/closed) and or codes.

    I have the tool needed but you live too far. :) Pay the diagnostic fee at any shop (usually $80-$100) and see what the say. Ask for the codes if any are found. Report back and I can guide you further.
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    If only T3D just lived on the same street. :)