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Hi My alarm On Kuga 1.5 (66 PLATE) has gone off in the wee small hours 3 nights in a row. No-one near car and nothing appears to have been tampered with.
Any suggestions/fixes as I ended up leaving the car unlocked from 3AM this morning so my neighbours and myself could get some sleep. I will be booking it into garage on Monday but obviously have Sat and Sunday night yet.
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Open and close all doors and tailgate to make sure there shut....when I first got my present Kuga..the tailgate popped open on its own setting of the alarm..hasent happened since.
 

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My alarm had a similar issue, but only activated on locking the car.

To cut a long story short and after a month of investigation and a visit to the Ford dealership.
It turned out to be a corroded pin 3 on the alarm module. This is the +12V supply from the main battery.
It was a manufacturing defect on the module, as the pin had not been tinned properly, causing the bare copper to corrode and become covered in verdigris (2015 Kuga). No signs of water ingress, even though the module is located in the wheel arch!

It is located in the front wing, above the liner. To access it you will need to remove the wheel, arch trim and inner liner. Not a small feat but do-able with time and patience.

If anyone needs further info, give me a shout.
It was a painful experience as the Ford dealership had it for a week on their diagnostics and couldn’t locate the fault, although they were very polite and professional.

Incidentally there is a 2.4 volt Nickel Metal Hydride battery inside the sealed module. Others have found this to be faulty and the cause of their problem.
Good, used modules can be bought from Ebay for £15. A new one from Ford is about £250.
Make sure you get the correct one as there are about four different models, all made by FoMoCo, France and fitted to a number of different cars - from Aston Martins to Jaguars, Volvo’s, Fords and probably many others.

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@SteveMM15 - that's quite an informative post for a problem that could be a right PITA for some.

The thread you have replied to is 4 years old but the information you have provided would be very helpful for someone else who has a similar problem with the alarm.
 

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Let's hope we remember this fix if any of us ever have a problem with the alarm.
 

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My alarm had a similar issue, but only activated on locking the car.

To cut a long story short and after a month of investigation and a visit to the Ford dealership.
It turned out to be a corroded pin 3 on the alarm module. This is the +12V supply from the main battery.
It was a manufacturing defect on the module, as the pin had not been tinned properly, causing the bare copper to corrode and become covered in verdigris (2015 Kuga). No signs of water ingress, even though the module is located in the wheel arch!

It is located in the front wing, above the liner. To access it you will need to remove the wheel, arch trim and inner liner. Not a small feat but do-able with time and patience.

If anyone needs further info, give me a shout.
It was a painful experience as the Ford dealership had it for a week on their diagnostics and couldn’t locate the fault, although they were very polite and professional.

Incidentally there is a 2.4 volt Nickel Metal Hydride battery inside the sealed module. Others have found this to be faulty and the cause of their problem.
Good, used modules can be bought from Ebay for £15. A new one from Ford is about £250.
Make sure you get the correct one as there are about four different models, all made by FoMoCo, France and fitted to a number of different cars - from Aston Martins to Jaguars, Volvo’s, Fords and probably many others.

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Hi, Is this the drivers side or passenger side wheel arch? Judging by the picture possibly drivers. Having a similar issue where the siren is intermittently going off ( without horn and lights) so this could well be my issue.
 

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It seems to match the driver's side. e.g. RHD = right hand side, LHD= left hand side.
 

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Hi, Is this the drivers side or passenger side wheel arch? Judging by the picture possibly drivers. Having a similar issue where the siren is intermittently going off ( without horn and lights) so this could well be my issue.
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It’s on the drivers side.
Since it happened to me, I have noticed two other Fords doing exactly the same in car parks - both newer cars than mine.

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Hi,
It’s on the drivers side.
Since it happened to me, I have noticed two other Fords doing exactly the same in car parks - both newer cars than mine.

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Thanks for the reply.
Do these units not charge themselves in anyway? Or is once the battery dead then its done?

Did you bother replacing your unit? I am thinking of just disconnecting it until I can source a replacement unit. Hoping that doesn't make anything worse?

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Thanks for the reply.
Do these units not charge themselves in anyway? Or is once the battery dead then its done?

Did you bother replacing your unit? I am thinking of just disconnecting it until I can source a replacement unit. Hoping that doesn't make anything worse?

Thanks

Marcus

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Hi Marcus,
The siren battery is re-chargeable and supplied with 12 volts from the car, main battery.
I read that one person who found this to be the fault with his unit. However the unit is not designed to be opened and requires filing off seven metal tabs and carefully cutting the welded plastic, inner housing.
I removed mine for a while and the car software was fine with it. No warning flag, drove fine, no spurious alarms. This would affect your insurance in a worst case scenario!
A used replacement was bought from Ebay, installed and working as it should. Make sure you get the correct model, as there are about four different versions.

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Hi Marcus,
The siren battery is re-chargeable and supplied with 12 volts from the car, main battery.
I read that one person who found this to be the fault with his unit. However the unit is not designed to be opened and requires filing off seven metal tabs and carefully cutting the welded plastic, inner housing.
I removed mine for a while and the car software was fine with it. No warning flag, drove fine, no spurious alarms. This would affect your insurance in a worst case scenario!
A used replacement was bought from Ebay, installed and working as it should. Make sure you get the correct model, as there are about four different versions.
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Thanks Steve makes sense.

I'll try a used unit first as no doubt ford will want a remortgage for a new one! Just worried 2nd hand will carry the same issue!
 

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The fault on mine was due to a fault in the manufacturing process. Pin 3 had not been tinned properly, which culminated in verdigris and a high resistance on the +12v supply. It was obvious once I removed it.
A used replacement cost me £15, I have seen comments suggesting that a new one from Ford is £250 plus labour @ £100 an hour.
Probably two hours work, because removing the outer wheel trim and inner liner is necessary to gain access. I also bought replacement plastic fasteners to re-attach the inner liner, as the originals will more than likely break on removal.

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The xmas tree fasteners are a tight fit. Deform the prongs first with pliers then align the prongs with the diagonal corners of the square hole. It’s a lot of words but obvious when you come to do it. I had to learn by trial and error.
Also make sure you research the fasteners on the wheel trim. Partially remove the inner liner fasteners first and push back the liner, so that you can get access to the wheel trim clips from behind. If you try to force the removal of the trim, it will most likely break.

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The fault on mine was due to a fault in the manufacturing process. Pin 3 had not been tinned properly, which culminated in verdigris and a high resistance on the +12v supply. It was obvious once I removed it.
Perhaps the waterproof electrical plug failed and let some moisture in?

I bought a used siren on Ebay (from Lithuania) and it fitted no problems. There are a lot of similar part numbers for the same siren - as previously mentioned. Plus them being used on Land Rovers, Jaguars etc.

Those white plastic trim clips are shocking. I think I found the best way to release them was to pull the trim up and outwards firmly at the same time.
 

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There was no sign of moisture ingress and pin 3 had virtually no tin on it. Hence my conclusion.
The replacement looked perfect, all pins well-tinned.
 

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Thanks all. I'll try and source a new (2nd hand) part.

Waiting on ford parts to open but does anyone know the part number? My kuga is a 2015 titanium 180 AWD.
 
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