Alarm sensitivity


FREED0MFiST
10-06-2002, 09:02 PM
I just got a python alarm and its not very sensitive at all. I cant even set it off by shaking my car hard. The guy said i could bring it back in and get it adjusted, about how much time does that take?

shepworldwide
10-15-2002, 06:34 AM
it would'nt take anymore than an hour to do?
if you wanted to do it yourself just take off the plastic below the stering wheel and the alarm unit should have a screw slot you can adjust for how you would like the alarm to go off..

Fly Rice Racer
10-15-2002, 02:43 PM
Yea, what they would have to do is take apart the console or whereever you had them put the alarm and get to the mechanism.

Then there is a little knob that usually takes a screw driver to turn that changes the sensitivitiy.

Maybe 1 to 2 hours.

EFsleeper
10-15-2002, 04:34 PM
Wrong, adjusting alarm sensitivity takes like 10 minutes if you know what the hell youre doing in most cases. Shaking your car will not set your alarm off. The shock sensor that monitors that picks up just what it monitors SHOCK! Not shaking. This is a common misconception of customers when they have an alarm installed. Shaking would be monitored by a Mercury switch. Try hitting your car with your hand open so you dont dent it on the pillars above your doors and next to your windsheild. You should be able to set it off or get a warning chirp without denting your car. Who installed your alarm?

FREED0MFiST
10-15-2002, 07:36 PM
Yeah i noticed that if i bang it ill set it off. One time i hard the alarm on and some kid wanted me to pop my hood, so i reached through the window and popped it... when i let it drop the alarm went off. Car toys installed the alarm. I think i can do it myself pretty fast if its under the steering wheel column, but i might just leave it how it is. Ill have to go check it out.

Dblade
10-15-2002, 08:00 PM
on my alarm i got a black widdow and you can tap almost anywere on my car and a warning chirp will go off...then you tap the front tires and it will chipr then you hit it again and the alarm will go off...it kinda pisses me off cause ppl at my school set my alarm off all the time and my battery thats in myd ash is dead... im not sure if its set up to the main battery to recharge..or i might need to get a new battery

Spec2 Girl
10-15-2002, 08:07 PM
I got a button installed in mine so that I can either have the sensor on or off. Most of the time I have it off as when itís on if someone parks next to me it goes off. Way too sensitive.

Dblade
10-15-2002, 08:11 PM
yea....i got a buttom is for vallay mode or somethin...is that the bottom to shut the shock censor off?

Spec2 Girl
10-15-2002, 08:16 PM
Originally posted by Dblade
yea....i got a buttom is for vallay mode or somethin...is that the bottom to shut the shock censor off? Itís a viper alarm and has a proximity sensor. Apparently you canít turn down the sensitivity on it :rolleyes: and even when itís parked in our driveway (surrounded by trees) if the trees move, it sets the sensor off. It was driving me nuts so they installed a switch that can turn it on an off.

Fly Rice Racer
10-15-2002, 09:43 PM
Originally posted by Spec2 Girl
Itís a viper alarm and has a proximity sensor. Apparently you canít turn down the sensitivity on it :rolleyes: and even when itís parked in our driveway (surrounded by trees) if the trees move, it sets the sensor off. It was driving me nuts so they installed a switch that can turn it on an off.

You can turn down the sensitiviy on your proximity sensor. The proximity sensor is usually placed in the center console of the car. It is about 2x3 inches. There are 2 black knobs on it. One knob controls the warning sound and the other knob controls the alarm sound. Alarm installers are supposed to tune the sensor to sound the warning sound(chirp) when a person gets near the car. The alarm sound(full blown headache) is supposed to go off when the theif reaches through the window of your car, when he breaks the field of the alarm sensor.

The problem with people's alarms going off all of the time is that window tint throws off the sensor by bouncing it back to soon. This usually only happens with metallic tint.

But I have a switch to turn my proximity sensor of also.

FREED0MFiST, the alarm installers should have installed a switch that makes the alarm go off when someone pops the hood. I would take your car back and make them do that.

FREED0MFiST
10-15-2002, 10:06 PM
I had an option between light flashes or the hood sensor. I got the light flashes so i could arm it without the noise going off, and still be sure its on. they said my python has a proximity sensor, but it never chirps or anything when i walk by.

Fly Rice Racer
10-15-2002, 10:16 PM
Proximity sensor are extra. they don't come with an alarm system. It is a "plug n play" device.

What do you mean you had a choice? Both of those should be standard on the alarm. I would rather have it make a noise to let others know that I have an alarm(i actually have a voice module on mine). Getting the hood sensor is a great idea because if you don't have it, the theif could pop the hood cut the power to the alarm and no one would ever know you car was being stolen. Get the backup battery because you don't have the hood sensor.

One guy came into our local custom car shop and wanted an alarm with the pager system. But he didn't want any speaker. He wanted to catch the guys stealing his car in the act. Now that's balls.

Spec2 Girl
10-15-2002, 10:28 PM
Originally posted by Fly Rice Racer


You can turn down the sensitiviy on your proximity sensor. The proximity sensor is usually placed in the center console of the car. It is about 2x3 inches. There are 2 black knobs on it. One knob controls the warning sound and the other knob controls the alarm sound. Alarm installers are supposed to tune the sensor to sound the warning sound(chirp) when a person gets near the car.
Not sure then because when I took it to the people who installed it they said that the sensitivity couldnít be turned down so they installed that switch instead. Itís got a shock sensor in the alarm as well so I figure thatís enough. Donít need the proximity sensor to be on as well.

Fly Rice Racer
10-15-2002, 11:16 PM
I was working with my alarm today, like I am most days. Just got it put in.

So i decided to go pull the proximity sensor out so you can see what it looks like

I've got a Viper 600 alarm. I wanna sell my Viper 550 if anyone is interested.lol


http://files.automotiveforums.com/uploads/456910alarm-001.jpg

FREED0MFiST
10-15-2002, 11:39 PM
How much is the proximity sensor? I just went out and pounded on my car and the warning went off, so that seems fairly sensitve. I use the noise when im in a parking lot, but when im in my drive i do silent, cause i always come home late and my nieghbors bitch about the stupidest things. They prob cant even hear it... but wait until i get my tanabe racing medallion exaust and redline it up my street at 3am mwahahaha... j/k

Fly Rice Racer
10-15-2002, 11:43 PM
I think it costs around $75- $120........not sure........can't remember.

I can find out in a few days though.

Ah, I dream of the days when I get my Tanabe Super Racing Medalion Exhaust System. Once my CAI comes in, I'm ordering the Tanabe system.

shepworldwide
10-16-2002, 06:13 AM
Originally posted by Dblade
on my alarm i got a black widdow and you can tap almost anywere on my car and a warning chirp will go off...then you tap the front tires and it will chipr then you hit it again and the alarm will go off...it kinda pisses me off cause ppl at my school set my alarm off all the time and my battery thats in myd ash is dead... im not sure if its set up to the main battery to recharge..or i might need to get a new battery


i have the same alarm and it SUCKS!!
"black widdow" what a peice of trash!
my alarm chrip's all day long. if you fart next to my car it chirps.
i tried to adj the sensor and it's pretty much all or nothing...

Fly Rice Racer
10-16-2002, 06:29 AM
Originally posted by shepworldwide
if you fart next to my car it chirps.

I want a fart sensor!!! Where did you find that sensor? Will it work with my Viper alarm?


LOL :D :D :D :D

shepworldwide
10-16-2002, 06:33 AM
Originally posted by Fly Rice Racer


I want a fart sensor!!! Where did you find that sensor? Will it work with my Viper alarm?


LOL :D :D :D :D

you cain't just go out and buy a fart sensor.....
you have to buy a black widdow alarm system and a fart sensor is what you get instead.:bandit:

Fly Rice Racer
10-16-2002, 06:45 AM
oh darn. I wonder if the black widow alarm system will work in cooperation with my viper system.

Ha Ha. I will then have 2 different alarm remotes that I have to arm when I get out of my car. This would be great. lol

Dblade
10-16-2002, 08:05 AM
actually i kinda like the black widdow...just the imature kids at my school kinda mess it up...they go up to it and kick the tire and the alarm goes off....i have a battery in the dash and its dead now cause of them and i also have 2 sirens in my car... if i had electiric windows i could put ceonsors in it so when i left my windows down it would lock the doors and wind the windows up and the alarm would go off.

shepworldwide
10-16-2002, 08:12 AM
Originally posted by Dblade
actually i kinda like the black widdow...just the imature kids at my school kinda mess it up...they go up to it and kick the tire and the alarm goes off....i have a battery in the dash and its dead now cause of them and i also have 2 sirens in my car... if i had electiric windows i could put ceonsors in it so when i left my windows down it would lock the doors and wind the windows up and the alarm would go off.

when ur alarm goes off do you get the generic alarm sound or does it give you a steady or constant beep of the horn?

how can you set it up so ur windows go up?

FREED0MFiST
10-16-2002, 05:42 PM
If you get your tanabe system before me, let me know how it sounds. I just got $270 from insurance company to fix my window... of course ill go get that done ;) so that, plus i get paid tommorow so i might order the tanabe this weekend. Not sure if i want to get the exaust, or like pullies, short throw shifter and something else small (like proximity sensor), or this datsun 280z for $500.... i would definitly get the datsun if my parents would let me.

Fly Rice Racer
10-16-2002, 06:02 PM
That would be cool to get a datsun.

It will be a while for me(maybe a month) to get the exhaust. I get paid next wednesday and half of that has to go to credit card payment that I bought my intake with and the other has to be saved up for my next months car payment.

So you let me know how it sounds if you get it first and i'll do the same.

FREED0MFiST
10-16-2002, 06:36 PM
Yeah i want the datsun because since i could take the automotive class next semester because counsels screwed up my schedule... hes letting me and my friend take independant study after school. So basically i have a huge garage with every tool i need to play with for half the school year. Figured a datsun would be fun, and we have like 8 back in the lot. Too bad the only one with a working engine they took out to put in a huge ford truck or something (wtf?!?). guess the advanced students are getting bored.

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