Just earlier i went out to start my van and when I turned the key the alarm sounded. This has happened before and I simply hit the unlock button a couple of times and try again ... usually works. It didn't work. So now bascially everytime we try to start the van it acts like it does not recognize the key? We have looked for a switch or something under the dash to maybe reset it ... have tried holding the key in the unlock position .... etc. If anyone can help ... please do. Can't get to work in the AM if the thing isn't working.
I believe that it is a factory alarm. I am not sure ... we bought it used in 2008. But just barely used.
And if a fob key has an unlock button, lock button and a panic button on it, then that is what i have.
And we can't even get it to start, when we turn the key over the alarm just sounds. We can't try what you suggested until we get it to turn over ...
I am just at a loss.
Oh we don't have another key ... only have the one for it. As far as I know, the key is not damaged. It worked @ around 3 this afternoon and then 5 when I went back out to leave again ... the alarm just sounds every time I try to turn it over and prevents the van from starting.
Make sure your van battery is fully charged.
Make sure the battery in your key/remote is not dead. Can you lock/unlock the van with your remote buttons? If yes, unlock it with the remote before putting the key in.
Beyond that, probably exceeds DIY status.
Note: Just realized this. On my 2004, if you start the van with the wrong key, it will start but shut off after 2 seconds. I believe that's standard on all vans after about 2003. No alarm sounds. So no, it's not that it doesn't recognize the key, it's a different issue. I was wrong in my previous post.