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Alarm problems after flat battery
Went to start my R-Reg Clio (1.4RN, just incase the letters actually mean something) last week, only to find it had a flat battery (no warning, but then I hadn't driven it for over a week). The nice AA chap jump started me and I drove it straight to a garage where I got the battery replaced.
However, since then the alarm/immobiliser/central locking (all seem interconnected to me) doesn't seem to work properly. Often the alarm doesn't reset correctly on locking - so the alarm goes off, or sounds intermittently and then it takes several tries to switch off and reopen the car. Then when I press the key fob there's just a sort of clicking and the car won't lock and unlock to reset the immobiliser.
So far, if I keep persisting eventually it seems to reset in the end, but far from ideal (and the neighbours are just loving me!!!) Wondering if the flat battery could have caused the fault to develop somehow (or maybe vice versa - could someting shorting out have possibly run the battery down...?)
Actually quite loathe to go near the car at the moment, but any suggestions for anything I (or my slightly more capable boyfriend) could try in the 3 weeks until payday, which is the earliest I'll be taking it to the garage.
Currently in AliceP's garage:
1997 Renault Clio 1.4RN