We just changed the battery in our 1997 Toyota Camry now as soon as we connect the battery the panic alarm goes off and all the doors lock. How do we stop this / turn it off.
///note: the battery in our remote is dead///
Obviously the easy fix is replace the battery in your FOB then just hit unlock once you hook up the battery. But...
If you are too lazy to replace your FOB battery. Try just putting the key in the ignition in the "ON" position then hooking up the battery.
If that doesn't work then try cycling the key between off and on (not start) 5 times.
If that doesn't work then make sure all doors are closed and unlocked before disconnecting and closed and unlocked before reconnecting.
If that doesn't work pull the fuse for the horn and go find a fob battery.
If you still don't want to replace your fob battery then fill a jerrycan at the nearest gas station pour said gas over center of vehicle and ignite.
If the alarm is a "factory" alarm, cycle the key in the ignition from off to on (where the dash indicators light up), 5 times. This is the reset procedure for the "factory" alarm. Otherwise look in the owners manual where there is a red button under the steering wheel, possibly behind a panel. These process is performed when doing maintenance. Either way, you want to make sure to re-engage it when you get it working or you will not have the alarm.