How do I Troubleshoot an Audiovox Car Alarm?

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How do I Troubleshoot an Audiovox Car Alarm?
Fix your car alarm so you can drive safely. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Audiovox creates a line of car alarms that includes a remote start switch and key. These alarms sometimes suffer from sensitivity problems or fail to operate completely. Though you can troubleshoot many alarm system problems, a broken alarm will not respond to troubleshooting. If your alarm fails to function, take your car to a mechanic or to the dealership. You may wish to remove the car alarm from your car if you cannot visit a mechanic.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Test the shock sensor. Arm the Audiovox car alarm and close the car door. Touch the windshield's support pillar with your palm. If it chirps from a light touch, the sensor is too sensitive. Turn off the alarm by pressing the unlock button of your remote start key. Smack the windshield's support pillar with your palm. If it fails to chirp, the alarm is not sensitive enough.

  2. 2

    Adjust the shock sensor sensitivity. Disarm the alarm and press the two buttons on your transmitter. The siren should make a low tone. Press the second button of your transmitter to change the levels. After every press of the sensor, the level decreases in setting, making it less sensitive. Once you reach the lowest level, the alarm jumps to the highest setting. After you press the button, you should hear a tone. The lower the tone emitted by the machine, the lower the sensitivity of the alarm. Once you reach the desired sensitivity, press the first button of the transmitter.

  3. 3

    Examine the other parts of your car if the alarm continues to malfunction. If any parts of the car are malfunctioning, this can lead to car alarm problems. Take your car to a mechanic if you find a problem.

  4. 4

    Disconnect the CD player, GPS or any other car accessories. These accessories can interfere with the alarm.

  5. 5

    Turn on the car alarm using the transmitter. Test the alarm by smacking the windshield's support pillar with your palm. If the alarm sounds, the problem is with one of your car accessories. If the alarm fails to sound, the problem lies with your alarm.

  6. 6

    Disable the alarm manually. Place your key in the ignition and turn it until the car starts. Turn the alarm's "secret switch" on and off several times. The LED light of the alarm should turn off, allowing you to start the car.

Tips and warnings

  • For extra safety, park your car in a locked garage.

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