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    L Neely
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    Default Disabling a Factory Car Alarm (1995 Toyota Corolla)

    Hello everyone. I have been encountering many problems with the factory
    alarm installed in my 1995 Toyota Corolla. I am looking for a way to
    completely disable, not to simply disengage, the alarm.

    My remote doesn't work well anymore, and replacing it is expensive and thus
    out of the question.

    Does anybody here know anything about disabling a factory installed car
    alarm on this kind of car? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    -LN

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    Noozer
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    Default Re: Disabling a Factory Car Alarm (1995 Toyota Corolla)


    "L Neely" <lneely42@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1161570935_827@sp6iad.superfeed.net...
    > Hello everyone. I have been encountering many problems with the factory
    > alarm installed in my 1995 Toyota Corolla. I am looking for a way to
    > completely disable, not to simply disengage, the alarm.
    >
    > My remote doesn't work well anymore, and replacing it is expensive and
    > thus
    > out of the question.


    Have you tried eBay, etc. to see if you can replace the remote?

    > Does anybody here know anything about disabling a factory installed car
    > alarm on this kind of car? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    Alarms are built to be difficult to disable.

    I'm sure that there must be a way to program it not to arm.



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    L Neely
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    Default Re: Disabling a Factory Car Alarm (1995 Toyota Corolla)


    On 22-Oct-2006, "Noozer" <dont.spam@me.here> wrote:

    > > Hello everyone. I have been encountering many problems with the factory
    > > alarm installed in my 1995 Toyota Corolla. I am looking for a way to
    > > completely disable, not to simply disengage, the alarm.
    > >
    > > My remote doesn't work well anymore, and replacing it is expensive and
    > > thus
    > > out of the question.

    >
    > Have you tried eBay, etc. to see if you can replace the remote?


    Thanks for the quick reply.

    ....And you know what? That's so simple that I didn't even think to do that.
    I found a couple universal car alarm remotes for Toyota Corolla, Camry, and
    MR2 for about $30 (as opposed to the $100+ price quote I was given at my
    local auto store).

    The only problem, then, is that I don't know how to program the bloody
    things. Are there any documents to which I can refer if a user manual
    doesn't come with the remotes? I've been Googling with little luck, and I
    only ask because that kind of thing is never really guaranteed through eBay.

    If there are any armchair car thieves out there, please do feel free to give
    your advice, also.

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    L Neely
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    Default Re: Disabling a Factory Car Alarm (1995 Toyota Corolla)


    On 22-Oct-2006, "L Neely" <lneely42@gmail.com> wrote:

    > ...And you know what? That's so simple that I didn't even think to do
    > that.
    > I found a couple universal car alarm remotes for Toyota Corolla, Camry,
    > and
    > MR2 for about $30 (as opposed to the $100+ price quote I was given at my
    > local auto store).



    Terribly sorry for the double-post... but it seems that I mis-read the post.
    The item for sale is actually a new "universal car alarm" /with/ two car
    remotes, not two universal remotes. So, no luck on eBay quite yet. I'll
    keep looking.

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    Ray O
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    Default Re: Disabling a Factory Car Alarm (1995 Toyota Corolla)


    "L Neely" <lneely42@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1161570935_827@sp6iad.superfeed.net...
    > Hello everyone. I have been encountering many problems with the factory
    > alarm installed in my 1995 Toyota Corolla. I am looking for a way to
    > completely disable, not to simply disengage, the alarm.
    >
    > My remote doesn't work well anymore, and replacing it is expensive and
    > thus
    > out of the question.
    >
    > Does anybody here know anything about disabling a factory installed car
    > alarm on this kind of car? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > -LN
    >


    What kind of problems have you been encountering with the factory alarm?
    Toyota factory alarms are very pretty reliable. If the remote does not
    work, assuming that you have replaced the battery, try cleaning the contacts
    on the mini circuit board and the back of the rubber buttons with rubbing
    alcohol.

    Even without the remote, the factory alarm should be disarmed by unlocking
    one of the front doors with the key. If opening one of the front doors with
    the key does not disarm the alarm, then check the switch connected to the
    lock cylinder for continuity.
    --

    Ray O
    (correct punctuation to reply)



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    L Neely
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    Default Re: Disabling a Factory Car Alarm (1995 Toyota Corolla)


    On 23-Oct-2006, "Ray O" <rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom> wrote:

    > What kind of problems have you been encountering with the factory alarm?
    > Toyota factory alarms are very pretty reliable. If the remote does not
    > work, assuming that you have replaced the battery, try cleaning the
    > contacts
    > on the mini circuit board and the back of the rubber buttons with rubbing
    > alcohol.
    >


    I will try cleaning the contacts. The problems lie in the fact that the
    alarm is *too* reliable. See, the way I disengage the alarm is via the
    remote. Problem is, the alarm re-engages itself while I'm driving every
    once in awhile.

    > Even without the remote, the factory alarm should be disarmed by unlocking
    > one of the front doors with the key. If opening one of the front doors
    > with
    > the key does not disarm the alarm, then check the switch connected to the
    > lock cylinder for continuity.
    > --
    >
    > Ray O
    > (correct punctuation to reply)



    I would love for this to be the case, but unfortunately it is not. When I
    unlock the front door with the key, the alarm goes off and does not
    disengage unless I have the remote handy. Furthermore, as mentioned,
    sometimes the alarm engages itself while driving.

    You say the switch connected to the lock cylinder? I'll look into that. It
    would certainly make sense for that to be a problem. What should I look
    for? Please bear with me because I know little about cars and alarms.

    -LN

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    Ray O
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    Default Re: Disabling a Factory Car Alarm (1995 Toyota Corolla)


    "L Neely" <lneely42@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1161624180_161@sp6iad.superfeed.net...
    >
    > On 23-Oct-2006, "Ray O" <rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom> wrote:
    >
    >> What kind of problems have you been encountering with the factory alarm?
    >> Toyota factory alarms are very pretty reliable. If the remote does not
    >> work, assuming that you have replaced the battery, try cleaning the
    >> contacts
    >> on the mini circuit board and the back of the rubber buttons with rubbing
    >> alcohol.
    >>

    >
    > I will try cleaning the contacts. The problems lie in the fact that the
    > alarm is *too* reliable. See, the way I disengage the alarm is via
    > the
    > remote. Problem is, the alarm re-engages itself while I'm driving every
    > once in awhile.
    >


    I have never heard of a Toyota factory alarm engaging itself while driving,
    which is why I am wondering if the alarm may be aftermarket.

    >> Even without the remote, the factory alarm should be disarmed by
    >> unlocking
    >> one of the front doors with the key. If opening one of the front doors
    >> with
    >> the key does not disarm the alarm, then check the switch connected to the
    >> lock cylinder for continuity.
    >> --
    >>
    >> Ray O
    >> (correct punctuation to reply)

    >
    >
    > I would love for this to be the case, but unfortunately it is not. When I
    > unlock the front door with the key, the alarm goes off and does not
    > disengage unless I have the remote handy. Furthermore, as mentioned,
    > sometimes the alarm engages itself while driving.
    >
    > You say the switch connected to the lock cylinder? I'll look into that.
    > It
    > would certainly make sense for that to be a problem. What should I look
    > for? Please bear with me because I know little about cars and alarms.
    >
    > -LN
    >


    IIRC, on a factory alarm, when you turn the key, the tab that connects the
    lock cylinder to the lock rod also contacts a momentary contact switch that
    is mounted on the cylinder.
    --

    Ray O
    (correct punctuation to reply)



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    Andrew Stephenson
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    Default Re: Disabling a Factory Car Alarm (1995 Toyota Corolla)

    In article <c8249$453cea3d$44a4a10d$3922@msgid.meganewsserver s.com>
    rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom "Ray O" writes:

    > Even without the remote, the factory alarm should be disarmed by unlocking
    > one of the front doors with the key. If opening one of the front doors with
    > the key does not disarm the alarm, then check the switch connected to the
    > lock cylinder for continuity.


    Ray, just a "FWIW" bit of info...

    I haven't yet been in the situation where my Prius has needed to
    be unlocked using the mechanical key instead of the remote; and
    it is now dark+wet outside, so going and experimenting... well,
    forgive my reluctance. <g> But... Handbook and sales-bod gave
    me to understand the alarm would go off if doors were locked by
    the remote (and hence the alarm was set) but unlocked by the key.
    (This can happen if, say, the fob battery fails.) It would shut
    up once the fob was inserted into the fob dashboard recess. This
    may be the Coming Thing, given Toyota's new way of handling user
    validation (ie, as in Prius & IIRC Yaris).

    (Will _try_ to remember to check this, next time I can.)
    --
    Andrew Stephenson


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    Ray O
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    Default Re: Disabling a Factory Car Alarm (1995 Toyota Corolla)


    "Andrew Stephenson" <ames@deltrak.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:1161628826snz@deltrak.demon.co.uk...
    > In article <c8249$453cea3d$44a4a10d$3922@msgid.meganewsserver s.com>
    > rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom "Ray O" writes:
    >
    >> Even without the remote, the factory alarm should be disarmed by
    >> unlocking
    >> one of the front doors with the key. If opening one of the front doors
    >> with
    >> the key does not disarm the alarm, then check the switch connected to the
    >> lock cylinder for continuity.

    >
    > Ray, just a "FWIW" bit of info...
    >
    > I haven't yet been in the situation where my Prius has needed to
    > be unlocked using the mechanical key instead of the remote; and
    > it is now dark+wet outside, so going and experimenting... well,
    > forgive my reluctance. <g> But... Handbook and sales-bod gave
    > me to understand the alarm would go off if doors were locked by
    > the remote (and hence the alarm was set) but unlocked by the key.
    > (This can happen if, say, the fob battery fails.) It would shut
    > up once the fob was inserted into the fob dashboard recess. This
    > may be the Coming Thing, given Toyota's new way of handling user
    > validation (ie, as in Prius & IIRC Yaris).
    >
    > (Will _try_ to remember to check this, next time I can.)
    > --
    > Andrew Stephenson
    >


    Let us know what you find out!
    --

    Ray O
    (correct punctuation to reply)



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    Andrew Stephenson
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    Default Re: Disabling a Factory Car Alarm (1995 Toyota Corolla)

    In article <f32fb$453d1868$44a4a10d$4661@msgid.meganewsserver s.com>
    rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom "Ray O" writes:

    > "Andrew Stephenson" <ames@deltrak.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:1161628826snz@deltrak.demon.co.uk...
    >
    > > [re: Prius locking/unlocking characteristics]
    > >
    > > (Will _try_ to remember to check this, next time I can.)

    >
    > Let us know what you find out!


    Seems there was a communications failure and I misunderstood how
    the Prius' alarm and locking mechanisms interact. Here's how it
    looks, after some brief experiments.

    The car can be locked and its alarm set, using either the key-fob
    remote or the mechanical door-key stored in the fob. The remote
    allows "double locking", whose advantages I am not clear on.

    The car can be unlocked and its alarm disarmed, using either the
    key-fob remote or the mechanical emergency door-key. IOW, if the
    fob's battery fails, one can open the driver's door with the key
    without the alarm throwing any fits, then stick the fob into the
    dashboard hole and drive the car in the normal way -- perhaps to
    the nearest place selling fob batteries.

    Is it safe to assume the new Yaris works the same way?

    HTH.
    --
    Andrew Stephenson


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