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Re: Mike, try this... (more) (archive)

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Posted by Andi on February 16, 1999 at 02:29:17:

In Reply to: Mike, try this... (more) posted by Winston on February 16, 1999 at 02:24:19:

: : As far as the keys go, each key has a chip in it, to include the plastic key. Lots of car manufactures are using this technology today.

: How can a plastic key conduct electricity to re-program the code?

: : As far as locking the car with the remote. My first question would have to be, why would you want to lock the car with the remote? But if you must, here is how it is done. First, shut the car off, next open and close the driver's door (this simulates someone exiting the vehicle), now lock the car with the remote. At that point, the only way to unlock the car is with the remote, the lock button located in the car should not work and if it does, your's is not working properly. The reason it doesn't work w/o first opening a door is an obvious safety feature.

: : Mike H.


: I was considering this as a security feature. In case of a breakin, the thief cannot escape through the doors but only through the windows.

: I just tested what you suggested. It's true the unlock button will not pop open the locks once you hit the remote but you can still bypass it by first, push the unlock button on the center console and then pull on the door lever twice from the inside and it will open the door.

I still think this mechanical safety feature (allows you to get out of the car in case of an accident and loss of battery power, etc so you're never trapped) is worth the increase in the odds of a break in.

--Andi


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