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Changing car locks to newer ones for security?

Installing an aftermarket security system (possibly even two-way or with cellular communications and a GPS-tracker) would be your best bet if you are concerned about car being stolen. Locks are often ...
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How can I know if the airbags have expired and what are the consequences?

In general airbags don't have an expiration date. The airbags in a modern vehicle are designed to last for life. Some manufacturers have service intervals for the airbags, but it's normally a visual ...
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Disabling OBD2-Interface in a car

You're glossing over how the hack actually happens. The hack involves erasing the old keys and then reprogramming a new key to the vehicle. If the car uses a smart key then you're in right away. If ...
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Changing car locks to newer ones for security?

@Enot has an excellent answer but I still want to contribute a little as well. Specific to your questions, Auto locks made in the 90's I would argue are BETTER in many cases than their newer after ...
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How does a cobra alarm system disable starting

I'm afraid I have some bad news for you. Assuming that your alarm is a Thatcham approved alarm and was installed by an approved installer, it must disable the vehicle at a minimum of three different ...
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The poor man's Start Interrupt Switch -- non-obvious way to disable starting

If you really want a no-install option, and even @paulster2 answer seems like work then why not use old school locks like gear/steering locks? Or better, this -
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The poor man's Start Interrupt Switch -- non-obvious way to disable starting

The other day while I was searching for information on electronic relays, I ran across this solution to your problem: (I found it on this site.) Here is the write up which goes along with it, which I ...
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How can I know if the airbags have expired and what are the consequences?

You should check to see if your car is under the current Takata Air Bag recall Does an Airbag Expire? While some automakers have set time limits on when to replace an airbag, the actual ...
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What are the consequences of using an expired tire?

Short answer: Yes, yes and yes. BUT: A tire doesn't have an expiry date. The reason for all three points is that the rubber gets harder over time and looses its grip / traction, especially on wet ...
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Does the Toyota Prius stop if driven off without the key inside?

Not a specific answer for a Toyota Prius, but: This summer, we had an incident here in Germany, where the motor stopped after throwing the key out of the window. There's an online police report, so ...
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Does the Toyota Prius stop if driven off without the key inside?

No, it will not stop mid-ride. It will warn you the key is no longer in the car, but as long as you don't turn it off, it will keep running until you run out of gas or the car battery dies. It would ...
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Does the Toyota Prius stop if driven off without the key inside?

Your concern is valid. This article gives a good description of the weakness of smart keys. A man in the middle attack can fool the car to think that the key is inside allowing it to start. Once the ...
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The poor man's Start Interrupt Switch -- non-obvious way to disable starting

I used the switch that is connected to the clutch pedal. It is used to ensure the clutch is depressed when starting the vehicle. It's a great option as it's simple to access and it's low current. ...
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Is is possible to stop a GM radio theft lock light from blinking

My '04 Chevy has a similar light; I don't think it's possible to disable it. If it is bothersome, I would just mask over it with a piece of non-clear tape. You could use Blu-tac as well. The nice ...
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No Start: Bad starter solenoid, bad wiring, or a defective anti-theft system?

OK, so this turned in an unexpected direction - when I loosened the bolts of the starter some water started running out I when I completely removed it I found this: Somehow water got into the starter ...
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Disabling OBD2-Interface in a car

If I was as worried as you seem to be about this, which I am not, I'd probably do the following; Go to a breakers yard and buy the OBD II port from a similar model. I'd then unscrew the existing ...
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Disabling OBD2-Interface in a car

I think modifying the OBD-II port is complete overkill to deal with a possible theft issue. In addition to being a tricky issue as to how exactly to modify it, as the other answer points out, it may ...
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Why modern car networks are known as "unsafe"?

In an ideal world, you are right, the entertainment system should be entirely separate from engine management, navigation, locks, immobiliser etc. But the world isn't ideal, and many decisions are ...
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Changing car locks to newer ones for security?

With older cars, the value of the securing the vehicle is not in preventing it from being stolen, but rather preventing the contents of the vehicle from being stolen. Other than joyriding, most cars ...
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What are these square shrouds over these towbar nuts?

Those are captive nuts, if they are not rusted then the shroud stops them turning. If they are rusted or seized then the nuts can rotate in the shroud and you will need to hold them with pliers or ...
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Disabling OBD2-Interface in a car

You would need to "Re-Engineer" an adapter once you accomplish "Disabling" your OBD-2 port. How you do that, is honestly up to your judgement. Depending on the vehicle they also have factory ports in ...
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2006 Honda Odyssey: input radio security code with broken buttons?

As Paulster stated in the comments, if the buttons are indeed broken, then there's no way to enter the reset code (assuming the code has a 1 or a 4 in it). Your best options are to take the stereo ...
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The poor man's Start Interrupt Switch -- non-obvious way to disable starting

My dad found a way to disable the starter on a 1988 Dodge Caravan we no longer have by using a 1/4 inch(?) headphone plug & jack installed under the dash. I believe he wired the female headphone ...
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The poor man's Start Interrupt Switch -- non-obvious way to disable starting

Just so you are aware most clutch assemblies (at the pedal) have a pin with a cotter key holding the clutch cable to the pedal and if you just remove that it will not operate! Also doesn't cost ...
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Is is possible to stop a GM radio theft lock light from blinking

On VWs, I think (i.e., it looks like, but I haven't checked the schematic) that the blinking light – which is integrated with the door lock button – flashes when the car is locked. So, have you ...
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How does a cobra alarm system disable starting

Having a Cobra alarm fitted to my 1985 Supra, I can confirm what Steve Matthews wrote. The alarm inhibits the ECU (thereby coil and injectors), fuel pump and starter motor. Fundamentally, this is done ...
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'06 Scion Tc starts then shuts off in two seconds

This sounds like the immobilizer is kicking in (although the VW ones that I've dealt with allow the engine to run for about 30 seconds before shutting it down). On the dash there are lights that ...
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Can I disable antitheft (PATS) on 03 Mustang?

The PATS system CAN be disabled completely. A decent ECU tuner or Auto-electrician can do this by modifying the data in the engine ECU. When completed the Engine has no recollection of ever having an ...
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Ford KA Car stereo reset after battery removed, requiring security code

The easiest way is to take the vehicle VIN to a Ford dealership and ask them as they keep all of the codes. As long as you can prove it is your vehicle (registration should work fine) they'll give it ...
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Adding a key to Nissan NATS system

I can't speak for your region, but where I am there are several locksmith/key shops able to cut and program the blank key for a fraction of the cost.
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