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Car alarm at night

Hi,
So got more of a question on what to do in certain situations.
Small story: My bonnet sensor is acting up --> meaning that while driving I will see a warning on the dash that the bonnet is not closed. When it's safe I just stop somewhere and do an open/close (with more force) of the hood and no more issues. But last night (Saturday) car alarm started because it "felt" the bonnet was open. Did it at multiple intervals. Quick fix was to just leave it open.
But, now the main question, if you don't know what to do or it's something that disturbs other people and you can not "do a quick fix" --> where can you call / go if it's happening on a Saturday night, when everything is closed and next day is Sunday (and we all know that almost nobody works here on this day) ?
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Old 08.01.2023, 11:34
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Hi,
So got more of a question on what to do in certain situations.
Small story: My bonnet sensor is acting up --> meaning that while driving I will see a warning on the dash that the bonnet is not closed. When it's safe I just stop somewhere and do an open/close (with more force) of the hood and no more issues. But last night (Saturday) car alarm started because it "felt" the bonnet was open. Did it at multiple intervals. Quick fix was to just leave it open.
But, now the main question, if you don't know what to do or it's something that disturbs other people and you can not "do a quick fix" --> where can you call / go if it's happening on a Saturday night, when everything is closed and next day is Sunday (and we all know that almost nobody works here on this day) ?
Call a car mechanic for a car problem?

Why didn't you just disconnect, or short (depending on switch orientation) the bonnet switch?
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Old 08.01.2023, 11:40
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Re: Car alarm at night

1) Turn the alarm off.

2) Get it fixed.
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Old 08.01.2023, 11:42
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Does the hood unlatch regularly while driving? If so would replace the latch ASAP. Having a hood popping up while driving can be dam dangerous. And not just for you.
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Does the hood unlatch regularly while driving? If so would replace the latch ASAP. Having a hood popping up while driving can be dam dangerous. And not just for you.
From the OP's post, it looks like a fault switch and not the actual bonnet catch.
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Call the TCS, even if not a member.
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Old 08.01.2023, 11:49
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From the OP's post, it looks like a fault switch and not the actual bonnet catch.

Hopefully so. However, alarms usually go off for a reason. Fixing the result may not be the solution.
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Call a car mechanic for a car problem?

Why didn't you just disconnect, or short (depending on switch orientation) the bonnet switch?
Well I don't know any car mechanics that work in the weekend.
Because it was late and could not see anything.
Checked out youtube on how to short the switch, will see today if I have space or I need to unmount the grill.

For the other comments : the bonnet is fixed, does not open --> it's just a faulty sensor. I already planned a big garage intervention but that's starting next week.
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Hopefully so. However, alarms usually go off for a reason. Fixing the result may not be the solution.

Find the switch (in a dirty, wet, grimy part of the car under the bonnet), give the connectors a wiggle and see if the alarm sounds.
Press the switch a few times, does it work correct and trigger the alarm (or silence it if NC).

Five minutes (most of those probably try to find the switch) and all is revealed.

Are people totally incapable of simple tasks nowadays?
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Are people totally incapable of simple tasks nowadays?
Really ? kinda fck-in rude ...

I checked the bonnet and can not reach the switches and same for the plug in sensor, so quick fix will be just to use some wd40 on them and leave the car opened until it goes into the garage.

And btw, this was a general question.. for ppl whom might not know how to fix stuff in their car and have a situation like this ...
My scenario is that my previous cars were mostly mechanic and everything got fixed with a hard-reset of the ECU.
But really, thank you for making me "appreciated" (incapable) and asking for suggestions here.
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Old 08.01.2023, 12:55
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Really ? kinda fck-in rude ...
That wasn't directed at you. I quoted someone else (who unlike you, misunderstood the problem).

You tried to sort out the problem - that's good, in my book. Asking on here is good too as it looking on Youtube (which you did).

Hope you get it sorted.
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Why don't you post the exact model of the car so that people can help you?
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Why don't you post the exact model of the car so that people can help you?
Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 (180hp) L550
Part number should be this : LR024358
Partial fix should be this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YFbkNF5PfY

But guess what, can't fit my hand thru there to get the sensor out of the part.
Would have happily done the pin trick.

Usually I can fix small things in older cars (where you have more manoeuvre space in the engine) but with this I can't seem to fit my hand back there and on this weather would really not start taking things apart, especially that I parked a bit far from the remote range --> and hence : get dressed + go out + reach the car + click the open button

This post was created with the big question : If you don't know what to do to the car and for some reason you really need some help at an inconvenient hour, what do you do?
Luckily for me, I live on a quiet and safe street and I just removed all things of value from the car and leave it open.
But being a quiet street --> I really felt shitty waking up the neighbours with the alarm, especially since I parked a bit far off from the remotes range and hence : get dressed + go out + get within range + click on button
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Old 08.01.2023, 13:53
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Land Rovers/Range Rovers and electronic glitches go together like a horse and carriage. Is the sensor a Lucas?
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Land Rovers/Range Rovers and electronic glitches go together like a horse and carriage. Is the sensor a Lucas?
I've noticed from day 3 since I bought it ) --> that's why I'm driving it back home (1/4 prices for garage compared to here) and doing a "full" tech revision on it. Really can't see what brand it is (you can check the youtube link min 1.19 and you'll see the view of the catch mechanism --> basically you can't see to much of it)
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Are people totally incapable of simple tasks nowadays?

I expect there are a lot of things you are incapable of too Tom, like all of us
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Old 08.01.2023, 15:22
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I expect there are a lot of things you are incapable of too Tom, like all of us
I'm sure there are (I know there are!) but in this case the OP had the right idea and worked out it was the sensor that was fault rather than that the bonnet was about to fly off.

Pretty simple deduction.

I am in no way knowledgeable about cars like some people on this forum but a lot of these things just require a bit of thought and logic - and we should pass this information on.
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Well I don't know any car mechanics that work in the weekend.
Breakdown services will come at any time.
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Breakdown services will come at any time.
And will be probably be cheaper for members of

VCS
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It's a common option nowadays to have the cost included in partial or full casko. But of course the insurance takes its cut, and all you actually get is distributing the cost over time and among those who take the insurance.
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