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Old 08-23-2006, 06:30 PM
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Hi you guys I was wondering if there is more than one type of alarm that the dealer installs for our tCs? Mine seems to be a piece of junk. It wont go off for the life of it. The manual that they included with the alarm seems pretty shady as well. What features are suppsoed to be included with our alarms?
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Old 08-23-2006, 06:32 PM
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some Toyota dealerships offer Karr or some other alarm systems besides Scion Security..

what did you get..?
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Old 08-23-2006, 06:38 PM
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I have no idea how do I check? I got the only one they offer it was $500. I just went to try to set it off again. I knocked on the panels, tried to open the doors, knocked on teh windows, kicked the rims it wont go off!. I even tried again with the windows down. Reached inside to see if the IR motion sensors work... they don't! The only way I was able to set it off was by having the alarm armed, windows down, and opening the door from reaching inside.
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Oh yah my instrucitons manual for the alarm doesn't have any brand on it. It only says "Owners Manual: Keyless Entry Upgrade Security System"
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:03 PM
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Hmm...well my parents have factory Toyota alarms and the only way to set them off is having the windows rolled down, doors locked, and then you reach in and unlock the door with your hand and open them. I dont think the type of alarms toyota offers will go off if you kick the car no matter waht spot or how hard.
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Dang that's retarded. THere goes my $500 down the drain for some crap that wont ever serve its purpose
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:08 PM
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Well, u can always leave your windows down 1 day and hide somewhere else to see if anyone opens it.
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:10 PM
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Well, u can always leave your windows down 1 day and hide somewhere else to see if anyone opens it.
Haha... I guess that's one way to get some use out of it
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Well it's not totally useless. It lowers your insurance.
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:27 PM
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Hehe that too. I only wished it really worked tho There's no way to increase sensitivity or anything?
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sounds like you have Scion Security... there's no shock sensors.. so kicking the car or smashing it with your head won't do anything... but..
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have your windows up... alarm armed.. (wait until the light blinks)

take your key... and tap the window hard. that should set off the alarm. there's a glass breakage sensor.. which is a mic.
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:59 PM
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Yea the scion security system, as far as what the dealer told me, only goes off when someone opens any of the doors illegally.
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What a crappy alarm. Totally not worth $500 dammit
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well most alarms are useless, the only "useful" feature I can see are those aftermarket systems that come with remote paging systems

and then there's this: http://www.cardefender.com/home

Don't ask me about it, I don't know anything about it, whether it works or doesn't etc, just showing you what's out there ;)
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I think I've read somewhere that you can adjust the sensitivity. Where to adjust is either in the glovebox or behind it (have to remove glovebox).

There should be a module that has a little dial on it that adjusts with a tiny screwdriver.
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Does anyone have a pic of what htis thing looks like? I've looked behind my glovebox and I don't see anything
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uhhh.. you will have to remove the mount... you won't be able to reach the adjustment ****.

http://www.trdsparks.com/install/08586-21811inst.pdf
look around page 17.

setting it at 8 should be fine.
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it's actually a good thing it doesn't go off. a car could speed by and then it would go off due to the vibration. its just that the sensitivity isn't high. DON'T tap the window hard like squall said, do it moderately. I tried the window tap thing and it didn't work and I asked the dealer and they said that it's better if it doesn't go off.
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Roflz thanks guys I'll give that a shot. I didn't tap my window I was scared I would do it too hard and end up with a shattered window
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^ I was washing my car one day and forgot I had the car armed, which lead to it going off when I sprayed the window.. U might wanna give that a try $0.02 ;)
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