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How to Use GhosTrack as a Vehicle Tracking Application
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What to Do if Your Car Has Been Stolen
Many 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, but then you realize you parked it...
5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car's Anti-Theft Device
Your 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, but also deter theft in the...
5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car's Anti-Theft Device
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How to Reset a Car Alarm
A 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 vehicle at an increased risk for theft or vandalism. Almost all car...
How to Unlock a Chevrolet Theftlock Radio
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How to Report a Vehicle Break-In
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Aside 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 someone has broken into your car, looked through your things,...
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How to Prevent Having Your Car Stolen
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Won't start
If you are trying to get a new key to work with the vehicle, you will need a factory scan tool to program the key to the vehicle. If you replaced the computer, you will also need the dealer to...
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Truck won't start
If this is the factory light on the dash that says "theft" and is blinking fast, then your theft system is activated. You may need to try another key first after locking all of the doors and waiting a half...
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Stuck in reverse
Hi there, thanks for writing to YourMechanic. It can be difficult to drive a vehicle with it stuck in reverse. The problem seems to be a plastic grommet that connects the gear shift assembly to the transmission. It sounds like...
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Starting problems
The PATS system or passive anti theft system is not turning off the arming of the system and may need to be reprogrammed as per the technical bulletin issued by the manufacturer. I recommend looking on the dash and if...
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Security system
The chip key will not work unless it was programmed to work on your 2001 Toyota Solara. You will have to have the key reprogrammed to work with your car or the anti-theft system will not be turned off. You...
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My alarm is going off at random
A common failure point in this alarm system is the security hood switch, which is attached to the hood latch. The system control module monitors the position of the hood via this sensor. It also monitors the position of the...
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How does the vehicle security system work?
When the vehicle security system is armed, it will activate if a door is unlocked in any way other than with a standard key, Intelligent Key, request switch, or key fob. When the system is activated, the horn will honk...
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How do I turn on and off the panic alarm?
The panic alarm is a security feature in your car. When the alarm is on, the horn will honk, the park lights will flash, and both the headlights and interior lights will illuminate. To turn on the panic alarm, simply...
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How do I set the security alarm?
The security alarm is a key safety feature that helps keep your car from being stolen. When someone enters your car without a key or the remote transmitter, the security alarm will activate, and the horn will honk and the...
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How do I set the security alarm?
The security alarm in your vehicle automatically sets anytime you use the remote keyless entry (RKE) transmitter to lock the doors, or anytime you use the power door switches to lock the doors. When the doors have been locked with...
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Car won't start.
Hello. The key you put in the ignition is a code key and may be defective. Try a different key if you have one. If this works, then you need to get extra keys made. If it still does the...
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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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Car won't start
Hello. We will be happy to assist you. A vehicle overheating could cause harm to engine components such as sensors, fuses, spark plug wires, pistons and gaskets. The vehicle most likely overheated due to a faulty water pump and thermostat...
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Car cranks but wont start
You did not list a vehicle in your question so this answer is general in nature. There have been many complaints when the batteries are replaced and then the vehicle will crank and no start due to the theft system...
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Car clicking when starting
Hi there. This sounds to me as like an issue in your anti-theft system. When your vehicle has its battery changed, the power is reset. This commonly triggers the anti-theft system which tell your computer to lock up. Have a...
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Battery Dead
You may have caused the anti theft system to become activated since this can cause it to clear the key code if key was left on too long with out starting the vehicle. You may need to have the vehicle...
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My car won’t start. There is a red flashing light, car with key symbol. No noise is made when I turn key. Just had it checked
You should not have two programmed keys on the same keychain. If that does not work then you have a problem with the anti-theft system or the key programming. The system can only be programmed using the factory level scanner....
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98 mustang broke ignition will a Pat's bypass modual allow me to start car with screwdriver
If you are trying to bypass the theft system you would need a programmer and it will only let you load it if system is working and you wanted to turn it off. It will not let you disable it...
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Car won’t shift out of park
You will need to make sure you put all the fuses back in the correct places since the fuse will power the shift interlock. Fuses number 2 and 14 control the shift interlock. Make sure fuses are in place and...
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My BMW 2008 535i wont start after replacing the water pump and the Idrive will not turn on when trying to start
You should remove key FOB from vehicle and close and lock all doors and hood and then let vehicle sit for at least 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes and then using key FOB to unlock doors and see...

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