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Old 03-08-2015, 04:29 AM   #1
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experience with GPS disablers?

Those tricky bastards. I was doing some wiring under the dash at night for some foglights when I noticed a low green and red glow, upon closer inspection it's the GPS and kill switch. Now I remember something about the dealership saying " blah blah we can shutoff blah blah the car if blah I miss a payment" now can I just yank this stuff out? Or is it tamper proof and there gonna be calling me. Maybe cutting the antenna so it can't get a signal?


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Old 03-08-2015, 04:35 AM   #2
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Wow, they sure did do a good job hiding it! How did the vent on that side even work with something right there? Best thing to do would be to pay the car off. It would suck to rip that thing out only to have the car not run again or they come looking for it. Then again once you pay the car off, do they even uninstall that thing? Either way I'd want it out of my car if I had one.
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Old 03-08-2015, 04:47 AM   #3
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Huh, never heard of that. Although my Focus is an older one for daily beating... er, driving so I just paid cash and the truck and wife's Fusion were financed through my credit union (not dealer). I bet that GPS would have a hard time sending information if it were placed in a lead-lined camera film protector or similar product.... Or work hard on paying the car loan off so you own it.
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:53 AM   #4
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Well im working on paying it off ill own it soon enough it just bothers me knowing its there.
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It would bother me too, unless I was the dealer, then I could sleep better at night lol
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Crazy. Didn't know they really use that kind of stuff. I hope my car doesn't have one from the previous owner...
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Seems to be installed upside down....

So, maybe you're in the clear?
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Old 03-08-2015, 01:13 PM   #8
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Without looking at it I can not be 100% sure. However from what I have read in the past is those units have a starter disable feature, much like many alarm systems have.

If the unit in your car is like that they probably cut into the starter wire that is in the steering column and are having it run through the unit so they can disable the starter. If you can get a better picture of the label(s) that are on the unit I could probably find out for sure how exactly it works.
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Your right that thing to the right is a relay and is wired to the starter cables and that little thing has no business needing a relay. the dealer said these are more often than not in most newer cars.
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They will know you've messed with it as soon as you disable it by car disappearing off the GPS locator and may well demand full payment of the rest of the loan.

They use them all the time here in Texas on people they think in their judgement are going to be flaky about paying for the car fully. Some are tied to operating power rather than starters. There was a news story here about them shutting off people's cars say on the freeway at top speed and how the car note owner could be creating major safety issues for others to later get their butts sued into oblivion. People were coasting to a stop in 70 mph traffic and could not exit fast enough to get to a safe place. One guy was bragging about shutting cars down if he thought they were 30 minutes late on a payment, a real assh-le. He said he did it to people all the time and was laughing about it to the reporter.
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