Buying a car security alarm is not enough to enjoy peace of mind. Before you can relax, it is imperative that you get that system installed and running right. When you’re looking to save some money, you can purchase the system and install it yourself.
How easy or complicated the installation job will be will depend on the type of system you have and your car make and model. Perhaps one of the most simplistic systems to install is a siren-based alarm. This will only require simple tools and a basic understanding of how to use them.
Before you get started installing any system, do make sure to read the instructions from the manufacturer thoroughly. We often try to put things together based on just looking at the components and having an ideas versus actually reading the instructions. Also, collect the tools of the trade you’ll need, including such things as a knife, drill, screwdriver, mounting tape, a voltage meter, solder, a soldering gun and scissors.
The exact steps involved in installation might vary depending on the device attached, but will likely require you to:
Pick your mounting spots – You will need to select a place to put the control module or brain of the alarm, and also the siren. Once you have done this, follow manufacturer instructions for hooking up these parts and wiring them correctly. The LED indicator, valet switch, and sire will all need to be properly wired to the brain for the system to function correctly.
Position and place sensors – These will have to be positioned in the correct mounting location and then hooked into the brain, as well. It is a very good idea to place sensors temporarily and test them for how much coverage they provide before settling on a permanent location.
Door trigger placement – If the alarm you have purchased includes door triggers or a keychain alarm activation/deactivation device, you will need to place the door triggers and tie them into the system at this time. These tie into the parking light and dome light circuits. Before settling in and considering this step completed, it is a very good idea to test it.
Unhook the battery – Before you do the final wire splicing and make the installation job look neat and clean, be sure to disconnect the battery. While it is necessary to have it in place to test functionality, it is imperative for the connection to be broken when the actual final splicing work is done.
Finishing touches – Once everything is in place, properly mounted and wired, finish up by testing the system one last time and permanently mounting the control module.
Putting in a car alarm is not for everyone. If there are any concerns about having the ability to get it right, it is not a bad idea to hire a pro to do the job. Most stores that specialize in car alarms will offer installation on site or have recommendations they can make. Many garages, too, offer installation services. Keep in mind that some systems are simply more complicated than others and might require a skilled hand to tackle the installation.