Pontiac Sunfire Parts And Pontiac Sunfire Accessories
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The Pontiac Sunfire was introduced in 1994 as the now defunct Pontiac\'s entry into the economy compact car sector. But despite its budget-conscious design and construction, the Sunfire did have some fancy bells and whistles like its comprehensive anti-theft system. A standard in all three variations (convertible, coupe, and sedan) of the Sunfire, the anti-theft protection system helps deter intruders by disabling the engine and emitting an alarm in the event of an unauthorized entry.
While the Pontiac Sunfire\'s anti-theft system helps greatly in keeping the car safe, it is not immune to error. And if you find yourself locked out from your Sunfire because the anti-theft system has gone off, here are some tips you might want to try to reset the system:
If the alarm can\'t be shut off by the remote, you can try using the actual car key to disable it. In most cases, unlocking and opening the driver\'s side door should disable the alarm. Slot the key in and turn it twice to the right, then twice to the left to shut it off. If that does not work, try holding the key in the unlock position for two seconds before attempting to open the door. You can also try the passenger\'s side door if the one on the driver\'s side won\'t unlock.
If you are able to enter the car but the alarm doesn\'t turn off, insert the key into the ignition and turn it forward until it can go no further. With the key in this position, press and hold the \"Valet/Override\" located underneath the dashboard. Hold the button until the anti-theft LED light on the dash stops blinking and maintains a steady glow. If your Sunfire has Valet on/off switch, turn the switch to the off position as well. If done correctly, the alarm should be reset. If you want to re-enable the alarm, repeat these steps to turn it back on.
One last-ditch attempt you can try to disable the alarm is to remove the alarm fuse. With all the electrical switches turned off, locate the alarm fuse in the fuse box and pull it out with a fuse puller or a pair of long-nosed pliers. This should immediately disconnect the anti-theft system from the battery and shut down the alarm. You can also cut off the power completely by disconnecting the battery terminal from the battery itself. Take note, however, that removing these components will also render the vehicle unusable, so it must be towed to an authorized repair center for proper diagnosis and repair.
If you have OnStar on your vehicle, discharge its retained accessory power (RAP) unit first before disconnecting the battery or any of the fuses. If the power is cut off with the OnStar still running, the RAP will trigger OnStar\'s one-time backup power supply, which must be replaced later on. The car radio presets will also be wiped out once the batteries have been removed, so make sure to take note of the settings before tinkering with the battery and its wiring.