FAQs – How To Videos

Need technical help? Here are our frequently asked questions. If you’re a professional installer in need of more detailed information, contact us and we’ll help you set up a Dynamco online account so you can access our in-depth, secure support material.

In an the event your remote control / touch key / jackplug or transponder is unable to disarm your immobiliser, each system provides an emergency override to allow the user to bypass the system.

A four digit personal identification number (PIN) is programmed in to the system memory at the time of manufacture. Record of the factory PIN can be found on the back page of your user guide.

To use the PIN :

  1. Sit inside the car, if the alarm is still sounding; allow the cycle to finish. Ensure the doors are closed so as not to re-trigger the system.
  2. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position, this will cause the LED to stop flashing and remain lit.
  3. Turn the ignition key back on position to ACC and count the flashes from the LED.
  4. Turn the ignition key to the ON position after the correct number of flashes have occurred.
  5. Repeat the previous two steps for the remaining digits of the PIN.
  6. When all four digits have been entered correctly, the system will disarm.
  7. The transponder immobilisers will flash the LED very quickly when all digits have been entered correctly. The ignition must be left ON until the LED extinguishes. NB: Any “0” in the PIN signifies 10 not 0.

Reprogramming is carried out by the following steps:

  1. Disarm the system using either a spare remote or by carrying out the PIN override procedure.
  2. Open the drivers’ side door. This must remain open during procedure.
  3. Turn the ignition key from the Accessories (ACC) position to theOn (ON) position seven times (count each time the key is in the ON position).
  4. Leave the ignition key in the ON position upon the seventh turn.
  5. Within two seconds the red LED to turn on, and/or the car’s indicators will  ash. Immediately press the main button on the new remote control. To acknowledge a code was successfully received, the red LED will extinguish and/or the car’s indicators will  ash multiple times.

The following options are available should you experience any difficulty in reprogramming the remote:

  1. View an online video of the procedure below.
  2. Contact one of the technical staff here at Dynamco on (08) 92212345 during Western Australian business hours.

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Visit the Duracell website for manufacturer’s specifications for the 23a and 27a batteries we use in Dynamco remote controls. (Also see the lithium range, which is becoming increasingly popular thanks to their superior capacity.)

 

The printed instructions you get with new remote controls should help, but we recommend watching our step-by-step video demonstration.

A remote control will eventually corrode if left in water, but don’t try to dry it out in your microwave oven – this will destroy it instantly. Instead, try this:

  1. Open the case.
  2. Throw away the battery. The water will have leaked into the battery and made it possible for the alkaline inside to seep out. The seepage will corrode everything it comes in contact with.
  3. Blow the water still inside the remote away, or dab with a paper towel.
  4. Spray the printed circuit board with an aerosol such as CRC or WD40. Brush lightly with an old toothbrush to remove most of the oxide build-up.
  5. Leave in the sun for an hour to dry.
  6. Buy a new battery.

This will rescue about 75% of all remotes that have gone for a swim. Make sure you dry the remote as soon you possibly can.

Many Cyclops and AutoWatch remote controls are compatible with other remotes. As the transmitter frequencies and security encoders have changed over the years, it’s worth checking our remote compatibility guide to find the remotes most closely related to ours.

If you have a remote and you don’t know who made it, we may be able to help.

If it’s not made by Dynamco and you aren’t sure of the model or how to describe it, see if you can identify it from our image gallery of competitor remotes. Then quote the number to us and we should be able to steer you in the right direction to repair or replace your remote.

Our Cyclops systems are able to receive radio code transmissions. Over the years, the frequencies have changed. Here are the two most common and similar receiver boards used by our remote alarms and immobilisers:

The frequencies of the receivers are determined by component values, as the PCB layout does not change with frequency. All capacitors are unmarked, making it impossible to determine values.

The main identifying feature of our receivers is the copper inductor coil on the edge of the PCB.

Once installed, a security system in a vehicle presents a constant (although minimal) current draw on the vehicle battery. If the vehicle is driven each day, the alternator ensures the battery is topped up.

If the car is only driven on weekends, the time between re-charging is increased, and the wear and tear on the battery is exaggerated. Lead acid batteries prefer to be charged. The longer a battery stays partially discharged, the shorter it’s life span. The battery also has a lower ability to accept charge from the alternator.

Use this calculator to determine a new battery’s maximum time without re-charging.

A brief outline of the tools needed to fit a vehicle security system.

If you’re replacing burnt out electric window switch, here’s our schematic diagram for our (and other manufacturers’) electric window switches.

Bottom side of switch.

Note:  Contacts #2 are common inside the switch body.

Central locking configurations vary from vehicle to vehicle. This document describes all the known configurations and how to connect them to a remote alarm or immobiliser.

A multi voltage or single wire system requires two relays and a 4.7kohm resistor.

The Ford Probe uses a single wire trigger system to control central locking.

To unlock the doors: Apply a +12V DC pulse to the Medium Thick Green/Black wire found in the passenger’s kick panel.

To lock the doors: Apply a +7.2V DC pulse to the same wire.

To produce the required signals, use this circuit.

Fault-finding sometimes involves checking whether a signal reaches the microprocessor. If you’re an installer, a technician may guide you to read the voltage found on a particular pin of the micro. These detailed diagrams indicate the pin locations (when viewing from top). Notice the position of the notch at the top of each chip.