Firstly, I will apologise for starting a thread that I have done before, but it all got very confusing, and I still couldn't find an answer.
I've now started university, and sometimes have to park my car on streets nearby (not much student parking) - and it makes me nervous that the alarm doesn't work. Its also quite a way from home, and I want to feel happy with my car!
I have been referred to other posts and the FAQ's, but they seem to be slightly different - they refer to recoding/re-synching of keys, but I am not sure if mine is that problem, as I have NO problem with the immobiliser.
Perhaps someone has now come across the same problem as I am having?
Anyway, brief as I can, here goes.
A while back (couple of years), intermittently, the key plip wouldn't lock or unlock the car, then it would work, and then not, etc. First thought it was the battery, but a new one didn't solve the problem.
I have since found a little piece inside the key fob that is loose, that I can reposition. Following someone's suggestion of using a digital camera, I have checked, and it DOES still send an IR signal out. Sometimes.
The centre console button will centrally lock the car. The immobiliser works fine, never had a problem with that.
Now, a while back, I was getting out the car one day, and the alarm went off - I didn't know how this had happened, although I think I do now. At the time, my brother disconnected the battery, so I don't know whether that did anything to add to the problems.
I have found that if I press the centre console lock button before the immobiliser has kicked in, the the alarm will activate.
So, basically, do you think its the receiver eye? Does something else need to be re-synched? (BTW I tried both of the suggestions for this on the forum, checking that the key was sending a signal at the time, and nothing happened - and I have also tried holding the key really close to the eye).
I know if I take it to Renault, they'll want to charge me about £75 just to look at it, and from reading other posts here, they will probably say I need a new
- I can't afford that.
It was the new shape RXE (registered July 98), an early build, with a factory fitted alarm. No mention of the alarm even exists in the handbook though!
Hope someone can help.
Thanks for your patience everyone.