The Chevrolet Aveo is a modest subcompact car.
Like any other car, it is not immune from car alarm issues.
If your Aveo’s alarm keeps going off, we have the most common causes detailed below…
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Why Does My Chevrolet Aveo Alarm Keep Going Off?
A Chevrolet Aveo alarm is usually triggered by a faulty door switch or hood switch. Other common causes include battery problems, key fob issues, and an incorrectly installed aftermarket alarm system.
1. Malfunctioning Door Switches
Faulty door switches (including the rear hatch) are a very common cause of random alarms on the Aveo.
These switches monitor the open/closed status of the door – if damaged, faulty or dirty they can send false readings thereby triggering the alarm.
- Door switches are a common point of failure as they are subject to wear and tear due to the doors being continually opened/closed/slammed etc.
- The door latches and door switches can get dirty too which can cause issues.
- The first thing you should do is give all door latches a good clean and spray some WD-40 on the latch and work it in to see if that helps.
- Also check the wiring leading from the body into the door for any signs of damage, it should be in a flexible hose on the hinge side of the door.
If you suspect the alarm issues are linked to the door switch, ask your dealer to run a diagnostic test to try and pinpoint the fault.
“It sounds like your door lock actuator is going out. Or to be more specific, the part that senses the door lock position that is built into the actuator. The car monitors the position of the driver side door lock through the actuator (the driver door is the “master” sensor) and a failing actuator can cause many of your symptoms.” – AveoForum.com
“It sounds like the door tamper switch has either been damaged from a theft attempt or the switch is now sticking… Mechanical failure and/or corrosion on the switch may cause the system to self-activate intermittently.” – JustAnswer.com
“Ended up being his hatch sensor. Took it apart, cleaned it, put it back in good to go…” – Reddit.com/r/MechanicAdvice
2. Faulty Hood Switch
A faulty hood switch is a common cause of unwanted alarms for the Chevy Aveo.
The switch is typically embedded in the hood latch.
The small electronic device is designed to detect whether the hood is open or shut and is an important part of the car’s alarm system – if it is broken, loose or dirty it can send false readings to the car’s computer thus triggering the alarm.
- Pop the hood and locate the hood switch.
- Check for any obvious damage, rust or loose connections.
- Give the hood switch a clean too (use contact cleaner), as dirt and grime can cause issues.
- You can test the switch with a continuity tester.
If you are a hands-on person, you can buy a new hood switch online and replace it yourself. Otherwise, we’d advise visiting your local mechanic.
“Long term, replace the hood switch or do what I did when the wiring to the hood switch broke off– twist the wires together so the circuit is permanently closed and leave the hood exposed.” – AveoForum.com
“When I finally checked my hood, the entire bit of metal had come unscrewed and was stuck in the locking device, leaving my hood held shut only by the safety clamp. remove it from the locking part and screw it back into the hood, closing it a few times to find the right distance to screw it in. lock your car and hear that chirp, that should fix it…” – FixYa.com
“If you have this problem, it means that one or more of the door switches is bad and is making the car think that one of your doors (or your hood) is open and won’t set the alarm. The most common switch to go bad is the one for the hood because it is much more exposed to the elements than the ones on the doors…” – CarComplaints.com
3. Loose or Bad 12V Battery Connections
Loose or bad 12V battery connections can cause a number of problems, including triggering the alarm of your Aveo.
A bad connection can be caused by dirt or gunk buildup.
The terminals may have come loose from driving and vibrations etc.
Make sure the engine is off before doing any work on the battery.
- Inspect the battery and look for any signs of damage, dirt build-up, rust, or corrosion.
- Disconnect the battery and loosen the nuts on the clamps using a wrench.
- Remove the negative clamp, marked with a – symbol first.
- Clean the terminals with a toothbrush dipped in a mix of baking soda and water, rinse with distilled water and dry with a cloth.
- Reconnect the battery, ensuring tight connections.
4. Drained 12V Battery
A faulty or weakened car battery causes a variety of problems, including accidentally triggering the Aveo alarm.
The best thing to do is take your Aveo for a battery health check, these are usually quite inexpensive or sometimes free such as at AutoZone.
Or you can test it yourself with a multimeter (see the guide at the end of this article).
A healthy 12V battery should be about 12.6 to 12.8 volts while a weakened battery reads below 12 volts.
“Some car alarms (not sure about Chevy) go off when the battery is low. If your car has been sitting for a long time or if you left a dome light or similar on, this may be the reason…” Reddit.com/r/MechanicAdvice
5. Faulty Key Fob
Another reported cause of nuisance alarms on the Aveo is a faulty key fob.
If you have 2 remotes, try taking the battery out of one and use the other for a while.
If the alarm problems persist, and you have tried cleaning the inside of the fob(s) and changing the battery, the best thing to do is speak with your dealer.
“If you use your keyfob to lock the doors, it will activate the alarm, and you will need to unlock it with the keyfob. If you lock the doors with the lock button on the inside of the door, it should not activate the alarm.” – FixYa.com
6. Key Fob Running on Low Battery
A common cause of mysterious alarms on the Aveo is a low key fob battery. Similarly, if the fob is dirty or dusty this can also cause alarm issues.
Give the inside of your fob a clean and replace the battery to eliminate this possible cause. It’s worth spending a bit extra for a good brand of battery.
- To open your key fob, stick your prying tool into the slit or gap between the two halves of the outer casing and gently apply upward pressure to pop open the device.
- Remove the battery.
- Give the key fob a good clean to remove any dirt or fluff – a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol should do the trick.
- Check for damage, rust or loose connection (you may need a new key fob depending on what you find).
- Be sure to insert the new battery facing the right way up.
- Assemble the outer casing of your key fob by clamping them back together.
7. Incorrectly Installed Aftermarket Alarm
An incorrectly installed or faulty aftermarket alarm system is a common cause of nuisance alarms.
Aftermarket alarms are typically far more complex than any factory-installed equipment which makes them more prone to issues.
They may also have been installed by incompetent individuals.
If you are experiencing issues with an aftermarket alarm, the best thing to do is speak with a reputable auto electrician.
One owner on the r/MechanicAdvice subreddit (jokingly) had this to say:
“Is this an aftermarket alarm? Resell it, buy another 2004 Aveo!”
8. Water Leakage
Water leaking into the vehicle’s electrics and latches can cause issues.
You will need to visually inspect your Aveo and look for any signs of water ingress.
Around the door seals are a good place to start.
9. Rust and Corrosion on Door and Hood Latches
Rust and corrosion can also damage the latches and switches, which may trick the sensors into detecting that a door or the front hood is open.
If your car is frequently exposed to moisture or other external elements, then you should routinely inspect critical areas of your vehicle for any sign of rust or corrosion.
“My bet is on the hood switch and wiring are corroded.” – AveoForum.com
10. Damaged Wiring
Damaged electrical wiring can cause a wide range of problems, it can often be tricky to pinpoint too and you may need to have an auto electrician run some diagnostic tests.
In some instances, rodents may have chewed through an electrical wire.
11. Animals Climbing On The Vehicle
If your alarm has been set off in the middle of the night, it may have been by an animal climbing on the car.
Have a look for footprints on the hood and the roof.
If you have a CCTV system, examine the footage. These animals usually appear during the night.
12. Not Closing Doors, Hood, or Trunk Properly
Something as simple as not properly closing the doors, hood, or trunk can trigger the alarm.
Make sure to check if you have closed every point of entry of your vehicle to avoid accidentally tripping your Aveo’s alarm.
Check for Recalls or TSBs
By entering your car’s VIN number on Chevrolet’s recall page or the NTHSA’s Safety Issues & Recalls page you can determine whether or not there is a TSB or recall for your vehicle and if there is you’ll want to get it addressed.
A recall is issued by a vehicle manufacturer for issues that are safety-related, while a TSB covers components that may be malfunctioning but don’t compromise the safety of the vehicle.
Disconnect the Battery
Sometimes mysterious alarm problems can disappear with a simple reboot, there are no guarantees here but it’s worth a try.
Disconnect the battery for 20 seconds and this resets many of the electronics in the vehicle.
Check For Warning Messages
When the alarm occurs can you see any lights or warning messages on the instrument panel?
This can give a clue as to what’s causing the alarm e.g. ‘Hood Ajar’.
Take it to a Chevrolet Dealership
If needed, take your Chevrolet to the dealership.
Tell them you are NOT paying for a check on what the problem might be.
Ask them if they will check it for free.
Most dealerships and other places do quick/initial diagnosis for no money as they plan to make money for the repair of your vehicle.
If your unit is still under warranty then they should fix and resolve the issue for free.
How to Test the 12V Battery
How to Test the Battery:
- Before testing, remove the surface charge from the battery, this allows for an accurate reading.
- Simply turn on the headlights for 2 minutes then turn off.
- Set the multimeter dial to the ’20 Volts’ setting.
- Make sure the car is turned OFF.
The multimeter will have a red probe and a black probe.
- The red probe is for making contact with the positive terminal.
- The black probe is for making contact with the negative terminal.
Measure across the battery terminals.
- The meter should display a reading, if the battery is fully charged the voltage should be between 12.2 and 12.6 volts.
- Anything under 12V and the battery should be charged or replaced.