How to Install a 2 Way Car Alarm
Installing a two-way car alarm is a good upgrade to a universal car alarm since it increases your chances of actually finding the thief. The two-way paging system silently alerts you, the owner, to any break in which occurs. Instead of being a deterrent like a normal, noisy alarm, the two-way alarm allows you (or the police) to catch the thief in the act.
If you have a two-way car alarm and don't want to pay to have a certified mechanic to complete the installation, you can install it yourself following these steps.
What is a Two-way Car Alarm?
The term two-way car alarm refers to an alarm system where a vehicle alarm can communicate information back to a vehicle owner with wireless technology. The two-way system includes warnings and alerts for illegal entry or other events.
A two-way car alarm will often include both audio and silent components. Some alarm types also include an engine immobilizer, where the vehicle owner can respond to a theft alert by stopping the engine via remote control. Some modern car alarm systems also send a direct police signal, alerting law enforcement that the car has been stolen and allowing for quicker local precinct response.
Some newer two-way car alarm system types are very effective in preventing theft and providing real security to a vehicle owner who is worried about local crime statistics. Besides the theft deterrent value, these high tech alarm systems give owners multiple ways to put real obstacles in the tracks of thieves. The features provided aid in active recovery to cut down chances of successful auto theft. As a result, car owners who install them can get relief on their vehicle insurance if theft is a component in their policy.
Read the Instructions
In addition to what's included with your car alarm system, you will likely need the following on hand: scissors, flashlight, double-sided mounting tape, tie wraps, drill, solder gun, crimps, screwdriver and voltmeter.
Always use more wire than initially surmised. It's much easier to shorten a wire that's too long than to add length to one that's too short.
When using a drill, start with very small bits and slowly work up to big ones. Try to drill the smallest hole possible for your purposes.
Always wear appropriate safety equipment, like protective eyewear, when drilling. Make sure the key is not in the ignition during installation. Don't be afraid to use a lot of tie-wraps.
Test the Alarm
After you've wired everything, test to make sure the alarm works before you put everything away. Make sure your pager is on and lock your car door with your wireless key. Unlock it using your regular key and your pager should activate. Disarm it, roll down your window and lock the door with your wireless key. Unlock the door by reaching into the window and pulling the lock/unlock indicator. Again, the alarm should activate.
Contact an Expert
If you need to, call the manufacturer (you can find a phone number on the packaging or in the instructions). Depending on the type of car you have, the wire that controls the cars lock system may be different. You need to know which color wire is the correct, so tell the support person the make and model of car you have. They will be able to tell you w one which wire is correct.
If you have any problems installing your alarm, you should always call support before proceeding. The successful installation of a two-way car alarm can be a great upgrade to your universal alarm that helps keep your car safe and secure.
Look at the range of available two-way car alarm systems from companies like Skytek, Universal, Prestige and others for effective crime-stopping and peace of mind regarding your wheels.