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Autowatch Remote Control Programming

This document describes how to program a new remote control into an Autowatch Remote Car Alarm or Engine Immobiliser. This procedure should be carried out if the system’s remote controls are lost, stolen or broken. Each system is sold with a red plastic card that contains a record of a five digit Personal Identification Number (PIN). This number is entered into the system by means of counting flashes from the Status LED, and switching the vehicle’s Ignition Key on. If the PIN card has been lost, then the services of an authorised Autowatch installer will be needed to extract the number from the control module.

NOTE TO THE CUSTOMER

THE NUMBER DISPLAYED ON THIS CARD IS YOUR SECURE OVERRIDE CODE. PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO USE YOUR OVERRIDE CODE. KEEP THIS RED CARD IN A SAFE PLACE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE LEAVE THIS CARD IN YOUR VEHICLE. YOUR INSURANCE COMAPNY MIGHT CALL ON YOU FOR THIS CARD.

PIN # 24531

The example below uses the PIN shown on the card.

 

Alarm Procedure (assuming your PIN is 24531)

1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position. This position is where the key remains while the engine is running.

2. Digit # 1 – Turn the ignition key to the ACC position. This is the where the key would be to allow the car radio to work, but no engine function. Begin counting flashes from the Status LED (this is usually mounted on the dash).

3. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (2 flashes).

4. Digit # 2 – Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

5. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (4 flashes).

6. Digit # 3 – Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

7. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (5 flashes).

8. Digit # 4 – Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

9. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (3 flashes).

10. Digit # 5 – Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

11. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (1 flash).

Once all digits have been entered correctly, the alarm/immobiliser LED will flash rapidly, then extinguish.

Now enter digits 1,1 as follows:

12. Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

13. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (1 flash).

14. Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

15. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (1 flash).

16. The LED will flash rapidly, then extinguish.

17. Press the new remote button until the Status LED flashes for two seconds to confirm a code has been accepted. Remove ignition key from ignition switch and test new remote control.

 

 

Immobiliser Procedure (assuming your PIN is 24531)

1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position. This position is where the key remains while the engine is running.

2. Digit # 1 – Turn the ignition key to the ACC position. This is the where the key would be to allow the car radio to work, but no engine function. Begin counting flashes from the Status LED (this is usually mounted on the dash).

3. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (2 flashes).

4. Digit # 2 – Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

5. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (4 flashes).

6. Digit # 3 – Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

7. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (5 flashes).

8. Digit # 4 – Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

9. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (3 flashes).

10. Digit # 5 – Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

11. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (1 flash). Once all digits have been entered correctly, the alarm/immobiliser LED will flash rapidly, then extinguish. Now enter digits 5,5 as follows:

12. Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

13. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (5 flashes).

14. Turn the ignition key to the ACC position, and count the Status LED flashes.

15. Turn the ignition key to the ON position when the correct count is reached (5 flashes).

16. The LED will flash rapidly, then extinguish.

17. Press the new remote button until the Status LED flashes for two seconds to confirm a code has been accepted.

Remove ignition key from ignition switch and test new remote control.

 The programming instructions below will work with most VISION / VGE alarm, immobiliser, central locking systems, EXCLUDING the following models. 

C101, C201, SS2950, SS850, CL1000, CL1100, CL1500, CL1600, CL2000, 

AB960, TP360R, TP370R, VAE 318-2600, VAE 318-2700. 

Please contact VGE if you have any questions relating to programming remotes to our systems. 

A. With at least one functioning transmitter 

1. Arm the system and then disarm. 

2. Within 20 seconds of disarming turn the ignition key “OFF” -“ON” – “OFF” 20 times, 

or more until the indicators start flashing automatically leaving the key in the “OFF” position. 

3. The vehicle indicators will flash ON – OFF 20 times to indicate correct procedure entry. 

4. After the 20th flash of the indicators, press each transmitter that you wish to program, when the 

system learns the transmitter, it will chirp the siren once and flash the vehicle indicators once. 

Maximum of 3 transmitters can be programmed on selected models 

NOTE: You will also be required to press the previous working transmitter as well. 

5. Once finished programming, turn the ignition key back to the “ON” position to exit from this mode. 

B. With NO functioning transmitter (Selected models) 

1. Disconnect power to the alarm module either by removing the 15 Amp fuse or the 

negative battery terminal. 

NOTE: If the vehicle has a security coded radio, then once the battery terminal is removed 

the code will need to be reprogrammed back into the radio 

2. Wait 15 seconds then reconnect power. 

3. If no response is given from the alarm module after powering up then the alarm has powered 

up in the disarm state. 

When in this mode continue with steps above A. Step 2 onwards. 

4. If the system powers up in the armed state, then it will start triggering, in this mode you will need 

to MANUALLY OVERIDE the system by turning the ignition key from “OFF” -“ON” – “OFF” 

10 times within 15 seconds. Once the system disarms then proceed with the 20 turns of the 

ignition as previously mentioned above A. Step 2 onwards 

VGE Programming Additional Transmitters ?

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.

Also printed instructions are in this FAQ section.

 

 

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.