Category Archives: Trouble Shooting!

My guess is that you have arrived here because your alarm is going off, or your car won’t start and you think it is the alarm or immobiliser at fault!

  1. Check your battery is good. If I have to explain why then it’s a minor miracle you’ve figured out how to use the internet!
  2.  Know how your alarm works, you can download most user manuals here: User Manuals
  3.  Have a look through the following posts.
  4.  Contact me for help if you are in Wellington.
  5. My hourly rates and callout fee can be found here…



Car Alarms and Flat Batteries

Most of us will not have been using our vehicles much over the past 4 weeks, so it should not be a surprise if you find your battery has gone flat when you come to use it again. Statistics show … Continue reading

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Callout Fees And Hourly Rate

Callout Pricing (Includes GST) Call out Fee: $120.00 (Includes ½ hour of Labour) Hourly Rate: $80.00 per hour What to expect? You can expect a progress report after the 1st hour as I respect that you don’t want an unexpected … Continue reading

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“Ever since you fitted the alarm…”

Ever since you fitted the alarm… I’ve lost count of how many times an alarm has been the accused of being… (fill in your own random complaint here) …the reason things stop working on a vehicle. Yet it nearly always … Continue reading

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Alarm Troubleshooting…

Troubleshooting is always interesting… Especially when you’re looking at an issue someone else has caused! I got approached by a client to have a look at their alarm system. It did work but since Auto Electrician had installed the new … Continue reading

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No Start? Let’s blame the alarm!

Recently I took a 3 day weekend down in Nelson lakes to climb some mountains and play in the snow. Whilst I love my work, I value my playtime even more. Not everyone respects work hours so I normally turn … Continue reading

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Shock Sensors and False Alarms

Shock Sensors are beyond doubt the main culprit when it comes to false alarms. How many times have you got annoyed at a car alarm going off for no obvious reason? More to the point, have you ever gone out … Continue reading

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Car Door Switches

Car door switches are one of the most basic, yet often overlooked items on any car alarm system. They detected if the door is open or shut so are the first layer of protection for any security system. Even if … Continue reading

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Alarm won’t disarm!

There is never a good time for your alarm to fail, but this mornings job was one of the most classic… The phone rings, “My alarm won’t disarm!” My distressed customer is a courier driver and her van is illegally … Continue reading

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TX-90 & TX-90T remote controls

The original TX-90T remote was easy to identify due to its LED colour which was blue. It worked well but for some reason, Australian alarm manufacture, Dynamco (Cyclops) has decided to dabble and change the LED to green. To make … Continue reading

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Cobra AK4698 Movement Sensor Deactivation

The following instruction explain how to disable the ultrasonic volumetric sensors and additional movement sensor on a Cobra AK4698 Note: The Additional movement sensor is an option and is to standard equipment. The Ultrasonic Volumetric Sensor protection must be disabled … Continue reading

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