How do you stop a car alarm without the key?

Is there any way to turn off a car alarm without my key fob? Something set off my car alarm the other night and I couldn't stop it until I found my keys—20 minutes later...

The dreaded car alarm can send even the calmest person into a panic! To see if you can stop your car alarm without an electronic key, look through the owner’s manual for any alarm-related information. Every car is different, so there aren’t really any universal alarm-stopping strategies.
That said, here are a few options that might help when you can’t find the keyfob:
  • Manually lock your doors with your metal key. Depending on your car, this may stop the alarm.
  • Turn on your car and wait to see if it stops. If it doesn’t work, try turning the car off and back on again.
  • Pull the wires out from your alarm if the alarm itself is an accessory. If it’s a part of your car, then this might not be an option.
  • Take out the main battery from your car. A car’s battery typically powers the alarm, so carefully removing it should stop it.
While pulling wires and disconnecting pieces may work, these options are not recommended. Doing so can be dangerous, and you may accidentally damage your vehicle.
If the alarm persists and you really can’t fix it, your best option may be to call for roadside assistance. If you don’t have roadside assistance but think it’s time to get some, try Jerry. Jerry’s membership provides you with industry-leading roadside assistance, including benefits like towing, lockout service, and a mechanics hotline for as low as $4.16 a month.
Joshua Levy
Answered on Oct 20, 2021

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