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How to Shut Off the Anti-Theft Device in Your Car
Dead batteries and damaged immobilizer chips can cause anti-theft devices to stop working properly. Here are three ways to shut off your car alarm.
How to Keep Your Vehicle Safe From Theft
With over a million cars stolen each year in the US, vehicle theft has become a concern for vehicle owners. Fortunately, you can increase the chances of keeping your vehicle...
How to Choose a LoJack System For Your Car
LoJack is the trade name for a radio transmitter technology system that allows vehicles to be tracked if they have been moved unwantedly, or have been stolen. LoJack’s...
How to Keep Your Car Safe When It’s Parked
It’s reasonable to worry about your car when you park it in a foreign place, especially if that place doesn’t seem particularly friendly. Sometimes the thought...
How to Report a Vehicle Break-In
Having someone go through the contents of your car and take your personal belongings is a huge violation of your privacy. The act of breaking into...
How to Decide Which Car Tracking System to Buy
There are vehicles for every kind of purpose, whether it’s for personal use or business. Sometimes, you may need to know where a your vehicle is. It can be...
How to Pick an Alarm For Your Car
Your vehicle is an important part of your everyday life. It is important to protect your vehicle from damage and burglary using a car alarm. A car alarm is an...
How to Unlock a Chevrolet Theftlock Radio
Theftlock is a theft prevention system designed into GM-brand radios starting in the mid-1990’s. This system is designed to lock the radio from use in the event of a loss of power,...
How to Reset a Car Alarm
A car alarm that is not working at all or not working properly can be extremely annoying to you and your neighbors. It may also put your...
What to Do if Your Car Has Been Stolen
Many people have experienced that momentary jolt of fear after exiting a business and not seeing their vehicle. The first thought that comes to mind is that your vehicle has been stolen,...
How to Pick an Anti-Theft Device For Your Car
Depending on where you live, an anti-theft device may give you added peace of mind about the security of your car. It may also lower your car insurance rates, which is an added...
How to Prevent Having Your Car Stolen
Protecting your vehicle from auto thieves can save you the hassle of trying to recover a stolen car or from having to buy another to replace it. You can choose...
5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car's Anti-Theft Device
Your car’s anti-theft device is installed in an effort to help protect your investment from thieves. Most cars today include a variety of these devices and systems that not only protect the car,...
How to Use GhosTrack as a Vehicle Tracking Application
The GhosTrack application allows you to track a variety of important things in your life, including your children and your vehicle. The app can help prevent theft by allowing you to...
How to Prevent Having Your Car Broken Into
Aside from having your car stolen, having someone break into your car is perhaps one of the most violating things that can happen to your vehicle. Just knowing that...
How to Install a Car Alarm
Whether you just bought a used vehicle without an alarm or just decided to opt for the extra security, installing an alarm system into your car is never a bad...
Top Automotive News & Stories: July 27-August 3
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How to Remove Wheel Locks
When you have nice, new rims on your car, you won’t be the only one admiring them. Good-looking wheels draw the attention of car aficionados and thieves alike. Wheels are...
5 Essential Things to Know About Car Alarms
Car alarms are an essential tool for keeping your vehicle safe from thieves. However, making sure you understand the options available can make a huge difference in how effective it is. Below, you’ll find...

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Car won't start, would not start with boost. Ran fine when I bought it. It sat for two weeks and the alarm was left on.
Hello. The short answer is yes - the alarm can drain the battery in 2 weeks. It is also possible that something else is draining the battery while the car is turned off, and all electrical systems should be passive....
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Resetting the PATS (Passive Anti Theft System)
The passive anti-thief system (PATS) is programmed to work with your keys from the factory. Only a dealer with special programming tools and codes can reprogram the system to your key again. If you have one key that is programmed...
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Anti-theft system kicks in when starting and says car might not restart
Hi there. If the anti-theft system is acting up when the vehicle is started then it thinks that it is being stolen. If the correct key is being used and if you have a spare key to try that is...
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The anti-theft light is on and the car will start but will not shift out of park
Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing are commonly caused by a faulty shift interlock solenoid. The shift interlock solenoid is the component responsible for allowing the transmission to be safely shifted from park and neutral into a gear that transmits...
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Anti theft system comes on car won't start
Your car's anti-theft system is equipped with sensors in the car that detect when the doors open and shut and when the alarm is set. Occasionally, these sensors can fail or become faulty resulting in the incorrect signals being relayed...
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My car is on anti-theft mode and I can't turn my car on. I don't have a key for that
Hey there. The vehicle has an integrated anti-theft system that can not be turned off or bypassed for a no start. If you lost all the factory keys, then you will need to have new keys made and programmed using...
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In park, the engine just keeps revving.
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. There is an issue with the security system. The security is active and needs to be disabled. If the security is active, then the engine will act out and have a low rpm...
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Immobilizer ring was damaged. Can I bypass the device?
Hi there. If the vehicle has a security system, you will need to replace it with the manufacture security system (providing the thief had destroyed the OEM part). If the thief had destroyed an aftermarket security system, then you can...
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Buttons don't work after a minute or so
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The security system is acting up and is becoming active cutting off circuits to the vehicle. The system is thinking that the car is being stolen. Remove the battery cables positive '+' and...
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How do I deactivate an anti-theft system?
This model uses the GM Pass Key security system, which includes an "electronic" key with a raised contact and a lock tumbler with a sensor that detects the electronic key. Either the key or the sensor in the tumbler has...
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Anti-theft system issues after leaving key in overnight. Car won't start.
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your security system may be activated and needs to be reset. This likely happened as a result of leaving the keys in the vehicle overnight. The procedure for resetting the security...
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Trouble finding the VAG COM security code.
Hello, thanks for writing in. The 7 digit security code that you require can be found on the original key tags, that came with the original keys when the vehicle was new. It is a dealer generated code that is...
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I lost my key to my Pontiac Grand Prix 2003. It will start without the key, but shuts off after 30 sec - is this because i don't have the key?
Hey there. Your vehicle is equipped with what GM calls their VATS system (vehicle anti-theft system). There is an electronic chip embedded in the ignition key and a "chip reader" that is part of the ignition switch. The reader looks...
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The anti-theft is always on in my 1999 Mercury Sable, can I turn it off?
The easiest way to disable the security to your vehicle is to remove both battery cables on the battery. Leave the cables off for about 12 minutes. Hook up both cables and make sure that they are tight. Take the...
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How do I deactivate my anti theft system on my 2010 equinox?
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The best way is to remove both the battery cables from your car battery and leave them off for 12 minutes. Then put the battery cables back on and tighten them up tight. Take...
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my anti theft light is engaged and my car won't start what can I do to disarm it
The anti thief system on this car is called PATS or passive anti thief system. The use of a key with a chip in it is needed to disable the alarm when you go to start the car. If the...
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Clutch will not move and the car is stuck
Hi there. There are a couple of possibilities for your clutch issue - the throwout bearing may have worn enough to lock with the pressure plate, the clutch pedal and rod to the clutch master cylinder may be misadjusted so...
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My theft light stopped my car from starting. I'm trying to see what caused the problem.
Hi there. If your anti-theft system is active and the engine will not start up, then you may need to reprogram your key fob to the vehicle if you have one. If you do not have a key fob, then...
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I think the anti theft system is at fault, can we disable it?
Do you get a different response when unlocking the vehicle with the key fob first? In this case, there may be some confusion in the anti-theft system which should be looked into by your local dealer. Often disabling the anti-theft...
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Car won't start
If you have a key fob with a good battery, you should be able to toggle the alarm on and off. If your car is Passlock equipped you could try the 30 minute re-learn procedure. You will go through three...

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