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94 Lx wagon viper 500+ removal

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  1. ChrisSilva

    ChrisSilva New Member

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    I had attempted to disable the alarm when we got the car a year ago, but it seems to be causing problems again. I was wondering if anyone had any tips or tricks for completely removing it. I've managed to get most/all of the components accessible, but it looks like a wiring nightmare. It doesn't help that there what I guess is tranny fluid everywhere under the dash.
    Thanks
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    The transmission fluid is being siphoned in via the speedometer cable. A seal in the transmission speed sensor has failed. This can be cause by overfilling the manual transmission, or refilling without accounting for thermal-expansion.

    You need detailed wiring diagrams to restore the system. It helps to have them for not only the car, but for the Viper system itself. If it was done correctly and not too much has been changed, you can probably restore using only the installation instructions for the Viper control box.
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    I knew why I had the fluid, just havent fixed it yet, because it seems annoying at most. I'm hoping I can remove it and get things the way they should be. I'm guessing that Viper 500+ is not a specific model number then. I guess I'll go look for one.

    Thanks
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    it has an fcc id of ezsdei437 and on the brain it say Viper 500+. i cut the starter bypass wires and hooked them together, I can start my car again. I was wondering if I can just cut the rest of the wires from the alarm and tape them. any ideas?

    thanks again
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    If you can't find a precise model number, go with a similar number. THe manual will help you determine how to disconnect it. Contact Viper support if you have to. That's how I got a *corrected* version of my manual for Code Alarm.

    Never tape or tap or twist or crimp or cap wires in a car.

    Either shrinkwrap and solder the wires -or- solder then tape.
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    ok, I guess I'll leave what's in there alone until I can do that
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    i do not 100% agree with this. i have been doing 12volt work for 15+ years. i have never soldered. an i haven't had any issues.

    as for the alarm and its model. that is unneeded. just step back and look everything over. you should be able to trace everything from the brain out and reconnect the factory wires properly. the alarm is only piggybacking that for the factory harness.
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    That's cool though most techs I think would disagree. The tech that installed my system soldered the wires except one buried beneath the carpet. Could be coincidence but ghost-alarms (>2 yrs post install) had ceased after locating and soldering that connection. It was a power wire IIRC, but the alarm immediately fires anytime it looses power. Think he had mentioned it, purpose being to make it easy to disable had it become necessary.

    Had he actually botched the installation, I wouldn't have taken it back regardless.

    THe problem is the types of connections mentioned, (with exception to a specific type of tap, though those can damage wires,) are susceptible to corrosion and vibration. It takes time. Weak and/or intermittent connections are often a source of frustration when troubleshooting electrical issues a vehicle. THe idea is to as much as possible/ reduce the liklihood of occurrence.

    I think it's worth the time if you're keeping the vehicle long term, or care about not giving the next owner a potential headache. It's not a requirement but a definite recommendation.

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