brief instruction on factory alarm, please??

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Old 17 Apr 2004, 02:42 pm   #1 (permalink)
Dan Falkoff
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Default brief instruction on factory alarm, please??

We bought a used '96 camry with factory alarm. Due to an unreliable battery connection (not suceptible to mere tightening) the alarm often goes off. We just want to know how to disable it.

So, can anyone furnish enough information to do that (using the little hidden chrome switch and the ignition key presumably)??


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Old 17 Apr 2004, 04:29 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Dan Falkoff" <danfalkoff@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:%Mfgc.14018$yD1.38074@attbi_s54...
We bought a used '96 camry with factory alarm. Due to an unreliable battery connection (not suceptible to mere tightening) the alarm often goes off. We just want to know how to disable it.

So, can anyone furnish enough information to do that (using the little hidden chrome switch and the ignition key presumably)??

I may be able to help. I had a lot of trouble in my '95 Camry which I bought used but had the dealer install a "Toyota" remote unlock and alarm system. Within a year I was having all kinds of electrical problems and poured a lot of money into the car trying to fix them. Finally I gave up and decided to look into it myself (somebody told me years ago that I was an electrical engineer!).

The alarm is really a LoJack model AL-514. The module is tucked in behind the kick panel to the left of your shin. You can remove the plastic fairly easily by pulling off the mounting nuts. The LoJack unit has a list of the color coded wires coming out of it. One ("brown" IIRC) is the horn activation wire. I cut this and installed a little toggle switch in it. This allows me to completely cut off the horn.

Note that my problem back in December was that the car would not start sometimes. The dealer sold me a new alternator for $500. It simply did not fix the problem and in fact, I couldn't even get it started in his lot! "It tested weak." they said. Well, the real problem was that the ignition cutoff was being activated. Cycling the LoJack with the remote button would allow me to start the car. The bottom line was the wire to the "Valet" switch was broken at the switch itself. Resoldering it fixed everything.
That dealer will never see me again, but I'm not sure any other are better. That's how they make money.
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