Autowatch diagnostic codes

Autowatch Alarm Issues?

How to find out why your alarm has triggered:

Most Autowatch alarms lack information about how to find alarm fault codes their user manuals. This makes troubleshooting very difficult for anyone other than 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 the diagnostic trigger report back.

To enter the 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 than 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 it 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 the 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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10 Responses to Autowatch diagnostic codes

  1. Avatar Andrie Vorster says:

    Hi I have a 446 RLi – with the led and microwave sensor in one unit. The led stopped flashing some time ago and now I cant even reset the alarm unit by checking the led. WHAT must I do?
    Thank for your help. Regards Andrie

  2. Julian Julian says:

    I suggest you get your local Autowatch dealer to fix it for you.

  3. Avatar Andrie Vorster says:

    Thanks for your quick reply!
    I hope the system is still fine; I had issues with my cars wiring, and my battery. Hopefully the 440RLi didn’t get damadged with with the repair and trouble shooting of these issues.

  4. Julian Julian says:

    Double-check your battery voltage, the alarm will not work if it is not powered up!

  5. Avatar clive lea says:

    hi I have a autowatch 446 rlc on my t5 and it drains my battery if I don’t use it after a week pls can you help …..

  6. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Clive,

    You are welcome to book the van in with me so I can do a current draw test.
    If installed correctly there should be minimal drain on the battery. Have you contacted your installer about this?

    Note: Please try and keep the questions relevant to the post.

  7. Avatar Clinton says:

    Hi. I have a 276rxi fitted. LED is Flashing constantly and remote doesn’t connect. Any help?

  8. Julian Julian says:

    Book the car in with me if you are in Wellington, or contact your local Autowatch dealer for support.

  9. Avatar Clayton says:

    Hello, I hope you can help. I left my remote for my car outside in the rain and now its faulty. How can I source a new one?

  10. Julian Julian says:

    Hi Clayton,

    You can order a new remote from me by filling your details in on the contact page.
    Note that you’ll need your alarms 5 digit pin code as explained here:

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