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    Sean WilsonSean Wilson
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      I have a 88, chevy, s10, 4×4, 4.3 and i was checking my fuses when i found what looks like an aftermarket electric component. It has a good amount of wires hanging out of it and a little red unmarked toggle switch that is secured by what looks like parts from childs errector set. When the switch is flipped the component clicks twice and some times beeps. I am not a fan of after market crap like this and if possible would like to remove it.

      Thanks guys, stay dirty.

      UPDATE: i messed with it for a awile and my horn went off a couple times randomly my guess is that this is a car alarm… On a $500 truck. How do i remove this thing.

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    • #465673
      Sean WilsonSean Wilson
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        Forgot to mention that the plastic case says On/start on it and there are no other identifying marks on it. It also has 2 30 amp fuses attached.

        #465674
        yarddog1950yarddog1950
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          It’s an aftermarket thingy that is usually dealer installed. I think they are found on vehicles newer than yours so someone may have added it to your ’88. It comes with a remote control that may change the characteristics of the alarm system and/or sense your presence as you approach the vehicle and unlock the door or remote start the engine or some such stupid thing. Do you have some strange remote control on your keyring? Give it a try. You might like it. Be the first one on your block! Car dealers sell this add on stuff at big markup. Often times it will pay for an “over-allowance” on a trade in.
          I have only seen one. I think it can be removed and replaced with an ordinary relay, but that might not apply to yours. Do you have any problems that might be related to the unit? No? Then don’t rush to fix what ain’t broke. 😉

          #465675
          John B KobberstadJohn B Kobberstad
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            You may try to contact the former owner and see if he might have any information about it.

            #465679
            Sean WilsonSean Wilson
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              I unfortunately have no way of contacting them. i bought it from a used dealer and he got it from another dealer.:unsure:

              I did link a few photos of it im just hoping some one here has seen one before.

              #465680
              Sean WilsonSean Wilson
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                [quote=”yarddog1950″ post=32090]It’s an aftermarket thingy that is usually dealer installed. I think they are found on vehicles newer than yours so someone may have added it to your ’88. It comes with a remote control that may change the characteristics of the alarm system and/or sense your presence as you approach the vehicle and unlock the door or remote start the engine or some such stupid thing. Do you have some strange remote control on your keyring? Give it a try. You might like it. Be the first one on your block! Car dealers sell this add on stuff at big markup. Often times it will pay for an “over-allowance” on a trade in.
                I have only seen one. I think it can be removed and replaced with an ordinary relay, but that might not apply to yours. Do you have any problems that might be related to the unit? No? Then don’t rush to fix what ain’t broke. ;-)[/quote]

                The truck has enough electrical qwerks that i really want it back to factory. Just little annoying things. Say you are driving at night and you turn the lights on. The dash displays the both turn signals are on when they arnt and if i turn it on it looks like the signal is off. The dome light has a good bulb and fuse but doesnt work and so on and so forth. I am considering options for putting sweat equity into it before i try to sell.

                #465684
                yarddog1950yarddog1950
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                  I got a look at the photos you attached and it is not the thing I described. It must be an aftermarket alarm of some kind.

                  #465685
                  yarddog1950yarddog1950
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                    Those quirks are the sort of thing that would be caused by an aftermarket alarm system. There may be part of the system that is missing or broken. You may be able to find a friendly local retailer of alarms and stereos who can recognize the unit and advise you on how to safely remove it. If you make a new post on this forum, title it “aftermarket alarm” and you might attract someone who knows that unit.
                    yard dog

                    #465844
                    Buck_nekidBuck_nekid
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                      That is a remote start of some brand unknown to me. It may have keyless entry built in also. The white connector with the larger gauge wires are the outputs. Most remote starters are color coded to the GM standard. The red is power input, pink is ignition 1 output, orange is accessory output, yellow is starter output, white is ignition 2 (not required in this truck) If this is a alarm with starter kill there will be a relay on the yellow wire where they cut the starter wire in half. THe smaller harness will usually have a power, ground, parking light output, hood pin, door pin, shutdown wire, horn, siren, locks, etc. If you really want to disable it, remove the two fuses, there may be a inline fuse holder on a wire in the harness holding the smaller wire. When removed, check for operation of all the things in the truck. Outside of a starter kill or ignition kill relay there shouldn’t be any wires cut in the truck. If you want to remove it, post some good pictures of the wire connections and I will point you to what needs to be reconnected.

                      I’ve installed alarms, remote starters, audio & video for a long time. I’ve seen all types of installs, good and bad. The bad installs are what gives them all a bad name.

                      #465923
                      Buck_nekidBuck_nekid
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                        That is a remote start of some brand unknown to me. It may have keyless entry built in also. The white connector with the larger gauge wires are the outputs. Most remote starters are color coded to the GM standard. The red is power input, pink is ignition 1 output, orange is accessory output, yellow is starter output, white is ignition 2 (not required in this truck) If this is a alarm with starter kill there will be a relay on the yellow wire where they cut the starter wire in half. THe smaller harness will usually have a power, ground, parking light output, hood pin, door pin, shutdown wire, horn, siren, locks, etc. If you really want to disable it, remove the two fuses, there may be a inline fuse holder on a wire in the harness holding the smaller wire. When removed, check for operation of all the things in the truck. Outside of a starter kill or ignition kill relay there shouldn’t be any wires cut in the truck. If you want to remove it, post some good pictures of the wire connections and I will point you to what needs to be reconnected.

                        I’ve installed alarms, remote starters, audio & video for a long time. I’ve seen all types of installs, good and bad. The bad installs are what gives them all a bad name.

                        #466047
                        EricTheCarGuy 1EricTheCarGuy
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                          Based on your description and the picture I would say car alarm. Get rid of it, they get old and cause all kinds of issues. This is what I would recommend anyway.

                          #466141
                          EricTheCarGuy 1EricTheCarGuy
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                            Based on your description and the picture I would say car alarm. Get rid of it, they get old and cause all kinds of issues. This is what I would recommend anyway.

                            #466076
                            Sean WilsonSean Wilson
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                              Thanks everyone. Tonight i am going to remove it.

                              #466172
                              Sean WilsonSean Wilson
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                                Thanks everyone. Tonight i am going to remove it.

                                #466750
                                Col .Mantras=--=Col.Mantras=-
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                                  Looks like a real old auto start. I’d remove it and repair the vehicles wiring where it was connected to avoid future issues.

                                  #466859
                                  Col .Mantras=--=Col.Mantras=-
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                                    Looks like a real old auto start. I’d remove it and repair the vehicles wiring where it was connected to avoid future issues.

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