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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 the car has a physical key, then having the correct cut of key is also required. Cars also fall into two categories. The first is the real expensive cars that ...


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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 check and making sure the SRS (airbag) diagnostic systems is functioning correctly. Mercedes put expiration date stickers on the door sill with an expiration ...


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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 points. Additionally the Thatcham specification stipulates the entire alarm loom must be black. Even if it's a lesser, non-Thatcham alarm, the biggest issue ...


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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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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 ground. Keep in mind grip is not only important for acceleration and braking, but it also keeps the car on the street in curves. Rubber not only gets harder, but ...


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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 components are extremely durable. The key difference is the type of seal used to house the airbag igniter, also known as the squib. "Almost all squibs since Day One ...


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It sounds like the lock on your driver's door is stuck (leading to the first symptom), which has led to it constantly sending the "lock" signal to the central locking, causing the second symptom. If you can get the door open, you should be able to disconnect the central locking wiring from the lock to stop it locking the other doors, then investigate why ...


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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 find pretty cool: This is a clever little circuit involving two relays and a momentary switch and is more a of a 'logic' circuit than one used to switch a ...


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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. Just put another switch in line with the existing switch. I'm taking it a step further and adding an RFID reader that enables the switch for a short period of ...


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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 this is not a hoax. Here is my short translation: A 33 year old mother was driving her VW Passat on the highway (German "Autobahn") A1 near Lübeck with her ...


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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 be a safety hazard for it to randomly die, or even a slow turn off. Imagine if you were on a 65mph high way when it happens, or in the middle of an intersection. ...


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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 car is running it won't shut off if the key leaves the car. These keys are battery powered and if that battery dies while you are driving on the highway it may ...


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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 thing with both hacks is they are reversible.


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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 port and push it back into the recess of the dashboard, then fit the new dummy port in its place. Alternatively, add an aftermarket security measure such as an ...


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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 actually be illegal. When I have had to leave cars unattended and I have had some concern about possible theft, I usually unplug a component in the ignition ...


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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 made not by security teams, but by management, marketing or technology teams who may be tasked with cost reduction, implementation timing etc. So some cars have ...


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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 apart and attempt to clean the button contacts using compressed air or a electronic safe solvent, or find a different stereo to install (try your local scrap yard)....


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If you want to bypass your antitheft, you can attach one of your PATS keys inside your steering collumn by the lock cylinder. This will make the car always 'see' a key with a chip. You caqn then use a regular steel key. This is also a 'cheater' fix when installing remote starts on cars with PATS so you don't need to buy a module.


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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 anything. Bit of a pain crawling under dash but cheaper.


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Before the advent of engine immobilisers, the typical attack was to pop the door open, pull hard left and right on the steering wheel (one or two people) to break the steering lock, followed by either using a screwdriver to turn the lock barrel or to short circuit the live wire from the battery to the switched wire to the ignition. This could be done in a ...


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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 very odd locations. Nissan, Toyota and a few European brands are known for this. Vehicle hacking is becoming a real thing that people DO have to worry about. ...


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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 checked that the radio is getting all of the right inputs? If there is an always on power, it is there and getting power? Is there an input from the locking system? ...


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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 by intercepting wires going to relays, but a well-fitted alarm will do so in such a way you'd have to dismantle most of the dashboard to find the right wires. ...


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SOLUTION: As is turns out, I was not connected to the VATS resistor value/ground reference wires at all. The PLJX instructions SUCK and give almost no info on VATS systems while everything is written up more for the older Passlock I and II systems. I had followed the instructions as spot-on as I could and found the yellow/black/green wire that was inside a ...


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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 should give you feedback on the immobilizer status. They usually look like a key. It should come on briefly when you start the car to indicate that it is working, ...


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GoPro has a multicamera configuration where you can align the time and merge all of the feeds into a multi screen single interface feed. They store the video centrally in a wifi enabled storage device using 802.11g Most of the commercial solutions are cost prohibitive.


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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 jack into the starter relay circuit & took the male headphone plug & soldered a wire across the plug's terminals so that when the plug was inserted, it ...


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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 to you for free. This is true of about any vehicle manufacturer. There may be a code on the radio itself. Give the dealership a call and ask what information ...


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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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