Know how your alarm works

Road TripWith the summer holidays fast approaching now seems the perfect time to refresh yourself on how your alarm works. This way you won’t get stuck if you lose your remote.

Most alarms and immobilisers have either a over-ride PIN number, or valet switch that allows you to disarm the alarm without the remote in an emergency. My advice is make a note of your pin number or switch location just in case you need it.

Alarm PIN #

There is no need to compromise your security system by leaving the PIN number in the car. My advice is to store it on your phone if you don’t remember it.

Give your car a pet name

Naming your car Nissan Skyline and only having a 4 digit number stored is not a great idea. If you lose your phone or someone undesirable sees the contact then it could be game over. I suggest giving the car a name like Emma (use your imagination) and then have the last digits of the fake phone number as the PIN number as shown in the photo. The example given has a 5 digit number of 12345.

Keep your alarm user manual on your phone

It’s also a good idea to store a copy of your alarms user manual on your smart phone. PDF copies of most alarm manuals can be found here as well as at the end of each alarm review. The Obsessive website is smart phone optimised so it’s easy to download them.

Most user manuals also contain alarm fault codes so you’ll be able to find out what’s happened should it go off. Besides which it’s a really good idea to know how it works!

If you don’t know what your alarms over-ride number is then I can normally help you to find out what it is. It’s also a good time to change your remote batteries or keep some spare ones handy, plus make sure you have a working spare remote.

Do it now as if you have an issue over the holidays you may find your local installer is on holiday too and you’ll be stuck!

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