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1996 Cougar-

The factory alarm (horn honks...headlights flash) better known as the "panic button" on the remote will go off whether the doors are locked or unlocked.

If I'm at work and the alarm decides to activate for 10 hours while I am working my battery will be dead.

How do I permanently disable the anti-theft feature.

Also, sometimes the "theft" light on the dash blinks and sometimes it doesn't and at other times it will stay lit solid.

help.
 

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I cant be sure about the Cougars, but on the Mark VIII's the sensor switch in the door latch assy gets stickey and causes that problem. It is common. The only fix I have ever heard of is to liberally spray WD-40 or some other type of penetrating lube into it. When it leaks out the bottom of the door, you're getting a good start on it. Spray in an upwards direction into any place you can in the edge of the door. It sometimes takes more than one application.
 

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Well....I don't know if it the exact same problem or not, but I will tell you about the problem I had on my car.

91 Cougar LS -

The factory alarm in my car would just go off randomly at anytime...(I guess similar to what you are experiencing). I tried to troubleshoot the problem to no avail. You probably already know that the "Anti-Theft Control Module" is located in the trunk of the car, up against the left side wall....and if you simply disconnect that....then the car won't start !!!

So, I finally went to a Ford Service dealership and got to speak to the "alarm specialist guy" who works back in the shop. He told me that it is fairly common on these old cars for the solder on the circuit board(s) inside the Anti-Theft Control Module to get small hairline cracks (from old age).....and then with temperature changes and mositure etc, they expand and contract just enough to cause this type of intermittent problem.

I considered going to a Junk Yard and grabbing another Anti-Theft Module....but, I would probably just end up with the same problem again. So....I decided to let that alarm specialist guy I talked to permanently disable the system by removing the module and do whatever was necessary with the car wiring to completely disable the factory alarm system (splice wires, etc). I'm sorry I do not have the detailed information on what he had to do with the wires. He agreed to do this as kind of a "side job" or away from the dealership. I think he only charged me about 20 bucks to do this.

So...my factory alarm system is completely disabled now....but that is okay with me!!!! At least it doesn't go off randomly anymore (....it was getting kind of embarrassing) :eek:

Hope that helps a little....
 

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I had the same problem on a 94 Mark .. alarm would go off 30 seconds after the doors were locked or alarm turned on.

Tried to clean the latches, hood and trunk sensors .. ended up Unplugging the Alarm module to disable the system completely. No wires need to be spliced or anything .. just unplug the module and it will disable the alarm.
 

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I had the same problem on a 94 Mark .. alarm would go off 30 seconds after the doors were locked or alarm turned on.

Tried to clean the latches, hood and trunk sensors .. ended up Unplugging the Alarm module to disable the system completely. No wires need to be spliced or anything .. just unplug the module and it will disable the alarm.

Thats cool.... On mine, when I unplugged the module....the car would not start!!!

So for the OP, just give it a try and see what your car does.
 

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I have a '96 Tbird which I would bet is the same as your '96 Cougar....Today I tried to fix an intermittent false alarm problem.....I failed at that goal, however, I did manage to deactivate the anti-theft system so that I can still use the fob to lock/unlock the car and even still use the panic button.

If you Cougar is the same as the Tbird for '96, you will find two modules in the left rear qtr panel area inside your trunk compartment. One of them is labeled keyless entry and the other is labeled anti-theft. Simply disconnect the anti-theft module.

I did this today and the doors/trunk still work via keyless, the engine still starts, and the panic button (to my surprise) still functions.
 
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