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Sat, Aug. 12th, 2006, 02:55 pm

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to obtain information on automobiles, both online and in refference books? Oh, sure, they're complicated objects that entire libraries could be filled with all the nuances and personalities of every single model car there is, but isn't that something that should be done? Must be done? I've spent three hours looking through online forums, a Hilton repair guide, an owner's manual, and even blog entires about the 1993 Nissan Maxima, but I still can't get it to stop honking when I try to unlock it.

My new car is really nice, but I have this problem with it. I've come to believe the problem is unsolvable: if you lock the doors, you also arm an anti-theft device, which will go off when you unlock it or otherwise attempt to interact with it. I can disarm it (unlocking the trunk makes it stop), but I hate loud noises, and I'm niave enough to believe that there is some way to disarm it without the device being tripped. Is there any chance anybody reading this can give me any leads?

Sat, Aug. 12th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
cgranade: Find the horn

The horn should exist somewhere in the car. Find it (if needed, by honking it and locating where the sound came from). One or more of the wires leading off of the horn should be spliced, since 1993 cars wouldn't have car alarms at factory, and would thus be aftermarket or done at the dealer. To test, cut the spliced wire leading off of the horn wire in such a way that you could later use a butt connector if it goes to something other than the alarm.

Sun, Aug. 13th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
masstreble: Re: Find the horn

Suprisingly, no, this wouldn't work because the alarm is factory standard. The third generation Maximas were some fo the first cars to ever have standard car alarms. Sadly, this was the time before the 'woop-woops' so now I'm looking for how to quitely disarm it with just my key. Sigh, if I had a fourth generation Maxima, I wouldn't have this problem. (Instead I would have a fifth gen Maxima! ♥)

I know all this because this was one of the things I checked. Yup, I'm getting desperate.

Sun, Aug. 13th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
cgranade: Re: Find the horn

Sorry. Just from my experience, 1993 is way too soon, but I guess Mazda is a bit odd. I suppose there is the extreme measure of cutting the horn off entirely, and getting an aftermarket button attached to an aftermarket horn.

Of course, that is somewhat throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

Sun, Aug. 13th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)

Best. Google search. Ever.

Sun, Aug. 13th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)

I don't know, "wtf is chris talking about" was pretty funny at the time. I can always top myself, too.

Sun, Aug. 13th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)

I guess that's what I get for trying to be helpful: turned into an absurdist Google search.

Sun, Aug. 13th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
raiblu: Sometimes...

There isn't a fundamental difference. Those which are right are often absurd. Or something.

Mon, Aug. 14th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)

Not quite: we did that while we were on the topic of doing strange Google searches, and you started refferencing something I didn't recognizing, so that search got involved. It was another night at the DA desk, really.
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Mon, Aug. 28th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)

I've seen you in a few places now. That's what we get for being in the same fandom!

If I knew the dealership it was bought from, I would have contacted them. As it is now, all I have is the possibility of talking to my cousin -- also the previous owner! As we said above, the alarm was factory standard, so taking it out isn't really much of an option. (Dang.)