Came home last night to find a fresh covering of snow on top the the ice that had formed through the day on my driveway. Couldn't be bothered clearing it (hey, it was dark, freezing and still snowing!) but managed to get the car reversed up the steep bit at the bottom of the drive just enough to get the gates shut. (thinking to self - should have got one with Q4
) Applied the handbrake and left it in gear, as I always do.
About midnight, the alarm went off. I dashed outside but couldn't see anything obvious i.e. no broken glass, etc but relocked the car with the key blade rather than the fob to prevent a repeat - didn't want to push my popularity with the neighbours too far.
When I went out this morning, I couldn't get the gates open as the car was about a foot too close to them,
so I can only presume that however it did it (and I'm thinking 2 ton sledge here! - or aliens) it was this forward motion that triggered the alarm?
However, that's not all that it seems to have triggered. When I started her up, all the 'safety features' warning lights, i.e. ABS, VDR, ASR, Hill Assist etc stayed lit (with the corresponding messages on the info centre)
and a quick 'squirt and brake' trial around the estate confirmed that none of them were working.
I switched off, waited about 5 minutes and tried again and voila, normal service has been restored.
Any thoughts? Could the movement have upset the sensors temporarily even although there was no power to them? Beats me, but I've phoned Western in Edinburgh and they're going to stick it on 'the machine' tomorrow just in case anything needs reset.