Autowatch diagnostic codes

Autowatch Product range

Autowatch Product range

Most Autowatch alarms lack information about how to find alarm fault codes their user manuals. This makes trouble shooting very difficult for anyone other then an installer with access to the installation manuals, so it’s almost impossible to find out why your alarm has gone off unless you can get it to an approved dealer.

Nearly all Autowatch alarms will store the alarms trigger history, however it only remains in the system for 10 cycles of the ignition being turned on and off.

For a quick diagnosis of why your alarm has gone off and to prevent it from being a nuisance the following information is vital:

How to access diagnostic trigger report back.

To enter trigger report mode, the owner simply has to turn the ignition on and off to count the LED flashes. This is the same method as you would use to enter your over-ride PIN number, the details of which can be found in your user manual.

Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Well almost. Wait for the immobiliser LED to start flashing, then enter the code 1, 2, 3. Then the LED should flash rapidly for a second or so. (If not let it flash more then 11 times and start again!)

If you have an alarm without an immobiliser (279RL, 458RL, 555CLAM, or 695 CAN) then you’ll need to force it into flash mode. The details on how to do this will be in your user manual which I’ve put direct links to at the bottom of this post.

Next enter the code 1,1. and the LED will flash a number (or multiple numbers) that corresponds to what circuit has caused the alarm to go off.

Note: Do not enter any number other then 1,1, at this stage as doing so could damage either your alarm, your cars electrics, or both and cause it to work in an undesirable way!

Here’s a video to make is clear, below that I’ve put the fault codes for each model of Autowatch alarms on sale in NZ.

Trigger Report Flash Codes


1 Flash: Bump Sensor
2 Flashes: Doors
3 Flashes: Bonnet
4 Flashes: Ignition
5 Flashes: Panic


1 Flash: Movement Sensor
2 Flashes: Bonnet
3 Flashes: Doors
4 Flashes: Ignition

446RiS/RiSG (446RLi)

1 Flash: Movement Sensor
2 Flashes: Bonnet *
3 Flashes: Doors *
4 Flashes: Ignition
5 Flashes: Panic

Note: * Door and Bonnet wires are often switched over by the installer depending on vehicle.

446RLi Premium, 458RL & 695CAN-BUS

1 Flash: Movement Sensor
2 Flashes: WPIR or WREED (Where installed)
3 Flashes: Panic
4 Flashes: Ignition
5 Flashes: Negative Door
6 Flashes: Positive Door
7 Flashes: Boot
8 Flashes: Bonnet

PDF icon279RL User Manual

PDF icon458RL User Manual

PDF icon555 CLAM User Manual

PDF icon695CAN User Manual


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