The Renault Kadjar’s alarm has been going off for no apparent reason, although I’m sure there is one.
The soundings seem random, but patterns have developed, then changed.
The car can sit silently for days, then start screeching, or the alarm might go off 15 minutes after parking and then every 15 minutes thereafter until it decides it has had enough (which is a long, long time after my neighbours and I have).
For a week, it went off every day at about 3.30pm; the next week it was at 2.30pm. In the intervening weekend, the clocks went back an hour. I’m not joking.
Then it went off at night and 5.40am. I looked at renaultkadjarforum.co.uk and it seems a few otherwise happy owners have a similar problem.
One suggested checking the sensors on the A-pillars were angled horizontally and not pointing up. Mine were pointing up, so I aimed them at the rear window, as suggested, and the alarm stopped going off.
But only for a couple of days. I even looked at the alarm’s manual — a multilingual pamphlet that conveys most of its instructions via indecipherable hieroglyphs — and was none the wiser. Then silence.
Nothing for four weeks or so. Until yesterday, as I write, when it went off again at about 6pm, then 6.30pm, 8.30pm, 9pm and 10.50pm. Then it nodded off, only to start again at 6.08am. And 7am. It’s like having a newborn baby parked outside.