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REMOTE STARTER, ALARM & KEYLESS ENTRY TROUBLESHOOTING BLOG

MotorCityRemotes Remote Starter Car Alarm Troubleshooting BLOG

REPORT YOUR REMOTE STARTER, KEYLESS ENTRY or ALARM PROBLEMS HERE!

Read about common and not-so-common problems experienced with remote starters, car alarms and keyless entry systems.

Having a problem with a remote starter installation? Purchased a vehicle with an existing system and having some problems with it? Need a little direction or advice? Report your situation to us and we will be happy to try to help! With 30 years of installing car alarms and remote starter systems, there's a good chance we have seen the same problem before and can provide some recommendations and/or the fix you're looking for.

Troubleshooting Remote Starter
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Wednesday, December 23 2020
TECH TIP #48:

"I have an old Code Alarm Elite 1100 system installed in my car, can I still get the same complete system to replace it?"

ANSWER: Unfortunately no, that system hasn't been manufactured for over at least 17 years. The only part that is still available is the remote controls for the system which are the CRCX3 remotes. Click here for replacement remotes: http://bit.ly/2N2Ve3s

Posted by: MotorCityRemotes Tech AT 06:19 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, December 16 2020

"I have a horsepower tuner flashed to my ECM. Will this affect a remote starter install or visa-versa?"

ANSWER: No, it will not interfere at all with each other.

Posted by: MotorCityRemotes AT 03:35 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, August 19 2020
TECH TIP #46:

"Hello, I have a question about programming my prestige remote. I have a 5BCR14SP remote and had to order a replacement. I didn't find your site until after I ordered it. Thanks for the help in advance."

ANSWER: Turn ignition ON, press & release the button on the system's antenna 3X (the system will sound) then press the LOCK button on the remote (the system will sound again), then turn the ignition off. Done.

Posted by: MCR AT 03:28 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, July 27 2020

"My vehicle will remote start fine but then it immediately shuts down exactly like as if someone stepped on the brake pedal although no ones in the vehicle. What could cause this?"

ANSWER: The two most common problems that can cause this situation is #1 (which is the most common) Somehow the remote starter's bypass interface kit lost it's programming and will need to be reset and reprogrammed to the vehicle (how this is done depends on the model of bypass/interface kit the installer used when he installed the system) or #2 the remote starter system's "tachometer input signal" need to be reprogrammed to the remote starter system (this procedure also depends on the brand and model of remote starter system).

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Friday, May 08 2020
TECH TIP #44:

HOW TO CONTACT THE CODE ALARM COMPANY AS A CONSUMER:

We receive continuous calls from vehicle owners which either had a Code Alarm system installed into their vehicle several years ago and now the company that installed it are either out-of-business or no longer sell & service Code Alarm systems, or purchased a vehicle with the system already installed, and are now either having issues with the system after the vehicle was serviced or looking for general information about the system. To contact the Code Alarm company to either answer questions about a current system or to locate a service facility in your area call: 1-800-421-3209 M-F 9am-5pm ET. 

Posted by: MCR AT 07:52 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Sunday, February 02 2020

HOW TO CHANGE VOXX "Z" & "TM" SERIES SYSTEMS ENGINE DETECTION MODE:

Read each step before performing to familiarize yourself with the procedure. Each step has to be done within 5 seconds of the next step:

Turn the ignition ON (DO NOT start the vehicle): Press & release the systems programming button on the antenna 3X:

The system will flash the vehicle’s dash lights and beep the vehicle’s horn 1X:

After this is seen/heard, turn the ignition OFF then ON again: The system will sound 1 long and 2 short pulses:

 

After this is seen/heard, turn the ignition OFF then ON once more: The system will sound 1 long and 3 short pulses:
 

Next, leaving the ignition ON, slowly press and release the button on the antenna 5X in a row: The LED on the antenna will flash in a 5 flash/pause/5 flash pattern indicating you are in the ENGINE DETECTION MODE:

 

To change the setting, press and release the LOCK button on one of the systems remotes (or the one button on 1-button remotes) until the system beeps/flashes the same number of times as the desired setting below:

 

1 BEEP/FLASH = TACHOMETER INPUT (Must program tach signal after setting change)

2 BEEPS/FLASH = TACHLESS (Must start the vehicle 8X letting the vehicle rung for at least 10 secs. each time after setting change)

3 BEEPS/FLASH = DATA

4 BEEPS/FLASH = HYBRID

 

Once the desired setting is chosen, turn the ignition OFF, wait, the system will sound with a long pulse. Setting change is complete.

Posted by: MCR AT 11:13 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, January 21 2020
TECH TIP #42:

How to turn Up or Down your Prestige "Z" or APSRS Series Remote Start Run Time:

Tech Note: You have 5 seconds to perform each step, not all the steps within 5 seconds but each step to the next. 

Step 1: Turn the vehicle's ignition ON with a key (do not start the vehicle): Press & release the button on the system's antenna 3X slowly: The system will respond by flashing the dash lights and/or beeping the horn 1X depending on the model of system: After this is seen/heard:

Step 2: Turn the ignition OFF then ON again: The system will respond with 1 long pulse and 2 short pulses and/or 2 flashes: After this is seen/heard:

Step 3: Turn the ignition OFF then ON again: The system will respond with 1 long pulse and 3 short pulses and/or 3 flashes: After this is seen/heard:

Step 4: Next (leaving the ignition ON) Press & release the button on the system's antenna 3X slowly: The system will respond by flashing the LED built into the system's antenna in a 3 flash/pause/3 flash pattern indicating you are now in the "remote start run-time adjustment mode": 

Step 5: Now, press & release the LOCK button on the remote (or the 1 button on 1 button remotes) until the system responds with the number of flashes/beeps corresponding with the desired setting below:

1 BEEP/FLASH: 5 MINUTES
2 BEEPS/FLASH: 10 MINUTES
3 BEEPS/FLASH: 15 MINUTES
4 BEEPS/FLASH: 20 MINUTES
5 BEEPS/FLASH: 45 MINUTES
6 BEEPS/FLASH: 60 MINUTES

Step 6: Once your at your desired setting, turn the ignition OFF. Wait, within a few seconds, the system will sound/flash. DONE.

Posted by: MCR AT 03:26 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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