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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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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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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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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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Car alarm install. Should I interrupt starter or ignition?

The average aftermarket car alarm uses cheap components and is not designed for high reliability and long life. This is not to criticize the particular model that you plan to install, but I'm speaking ...
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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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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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Car alarm install. Should I interrupt starter or ignition?

Most modern immobilizer systems cut off Ignition, Crank and fuel. You could easily use it to cut off the start signal and something like the ASD relay control. That should disable both the fuel & ...
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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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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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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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Car alarm install. Should I interrupt starter or ignition?

In the days of mechanical distributors and contact breakers, and before they became standard fitment, I was taught how to make an effective immobiliser. The usual way was to put a hidden switch in ...
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What are the consequences of using an expired tire?

In the worst case, using an expired tyre can be fatal - as the rubber ages, it perishes (dries out), and becomes weaker and brittle. At speed, it heats up and the pressure increases (as the air inside ...
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Does the Toyota Prius stop if driven off without the key inside?

It just happened with our company-owned 2011 Prius. We had two drivers (one a trainee) in the vehicle, when a long-distance job came in. The second driver got dropped off at the office, while the ...
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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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07 honda fit stereo anti theft reset. Where is the 7?

Normally it works like this for radio codes If your code is 4751 Press number 1 four times Press number 2 seven times Press number 3 five times Press number 4 one time The code should then be ...
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How can I make my ELM327 OBD-II secure?

Make cable to the device with an on/off switch in the +12v line - if it does not get power it won’t work - just remember to turn it off when you finish . You could also use an ignition controlled ...
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looking to buy a 2000 ford expedition with broken ignition. it doesn"t run but running prior. how do i repair it

You should probably look for a different truck. It's 17 years old at this point and If the owner was willing to "Hammer out the ignition" to try and start the car... Who knows what else is really ...
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Honda Accord 97 won't start without fob button but I lost my fob

So I found a manual inside the car that has some information on how to disable it. Apparently the security system is from a company or brand called VPS. The solution was to quickly turn the key in ...
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When you press the keyfob lock button and the car is already locked, why does it make the sound of bolts moving?

The sound comes from the solenoids hitting the stops as they are re-energised, even though they do not move much.
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Removal and replacement of OEM ECU

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the Aurora but generally speaking, interrupting the power to an ECU will clear all fault codes and freeze frames so physically unplugging the unit will usually be ...
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Changing car locks to newer ones for security?

It makes no sense to change the locks in your car, because it isn't locks that prevent a car from being stolen. Door locks can be bypassed with a slim-jim, or a good old-fashioned brick will smash a ...
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how would you prevent theft in a simple way other than a kill switch?

Having to open the bonnet or hood to remove / refit said fuse or relay is so* obvious and time consuming same as grovelling under the dash for a fuse or relay there. May just as well remove a coil ...
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