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    Security System Shock Sensitivity Question

    Ok, Got my baby just the way i want it: MBC so far, clean blue and 1001 miles on it. Only 1 problem: the factory upgraded security system aint much of a security system. I was testing the "shock" sensor by rocking the car back and forth, some shock sensor. Not even a snoop dog up and down would set it off. So I got a question for you guys. I read somewhere that you can adjust the sensitivity of the sensor by turning a screw somewhere. Where is that location and is it easy to get to? It seems no matter how many porsches, bmws, lexus's, and benzs are cruising around my town on the shore ( and there are too many ) people are always checking my ride out like its the next best thing to heist. So if any of you guys know about the alarm let me know, I just want it sensitive so that if i pull on a door handle it goes off, not if a tub thumping honda rolls by.

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    Well, I know for a fact it has to be adjustable because I have the exact opposite problem. I park my car in the driveway of my house, no problem. But the second I leave it at work in the parking garage, the thing goes off at least once a day. The parking deck shakes so bad it must set off my alarm whenever one of those tank SUV's goes by.
    The only time I saw the alarm in action was when some kid hit it with a soccer ball when I was about 20 feet away. So I don't know how it is done, but there has to be some way to adjust the sensitivity on those things because I think a flea fart would set mine off.

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    alright, I just cranked mine up yesterday and don't notice any difference, but I figure it can't hurt. The module that contains the shock sensitivity adjustment nob is located under the plastic piece with the mirror controls in it. Open up the armrest, and at the front, there are two notches that you use a flathead screwdriver (wrapped in a rag to protect the finish) to pop this piece up. Once this is up proceed to pull the bottom section
    off, you might hear some metal popping off, these are clips. Try
    to recover these. **When I did this I ripped a piece of rubber that surrounds the base of e-brake handle. It's really unimportant, but I think that if you pull thetrim piece off slowly, and the e-brake is disengaged, you shouldn't have a problem** After the entire trim piece is off, you will see an alarm unit . Ithink that it is onthe side toward the rear of the car, there is some small white writing that says something like "alam sensitivity adjustment. Peel off the small black patch, below the words, and using a #0 (really small) screwdriver, turn it clockwise to increase sensitivity, and counter clockwise to decrease it. Make sure to put the patch back over it or a piece of electrical tape to keep dust and dirt, etc. from getting into it.

    good luck

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    cool thanks, i dont care about false alarms as my job environment is so safe i might as well put it in valet mode, its @ home that i wanna make sure it goes off if some punk even breathes on it. Not that i fear it being stolen, but im sure my driving has pissed off some folks who'd love to key it up in the wee hours of night, if the sensitiviy is way up, wont it pick up the slightest tap? Maybe I should get an active alarm just to keep folks on their toes. Shame wrx's are so rare around these parts, they might as well be rolls royces to some folks.

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    Amen to the rarity in New Jersey my friend... though I do kind of like it that way! Driving home everyday on the NJ Parkway you should see all the looks I get at my car (many multiple looks from the same people as I sit in traffic and we go back and forth and back and forth and... you get the point)
    I thought these 3 guys squashed in the back of a Jetta were going to get whiplash last week... everytime I drove by they did a complete inspection of my car to figure out what it was. I guess these are just the types of bozo's we have to watch out for...

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    you'll want the ebrake UP when you remove the center ebrake portion of the console. pull up slowly, and reach under to remove the mirror bitton plug.

    piece of cake.

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    Thanks for the info. I was wondering about that. Now I know how to increase it.

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    kurlee, how did it go for you, could anyone supply pics maybe? any easier way?
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    yeah, pics would definently be helpful with this....
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    Originally posted by ebr0t
    kurlee, how did it go for you, could anyone supply pics maybe? any easier way?
    I never go around to adjusting it. I totally forgot about this thread. But if I do ever take apart the center console again, I will take some pictures of it.

    I have noticed during the winter, though, that when I keep my car running with the turbo timer, and activate the alarm, while the heater is still on in the car, the car vibrates a bit and the alarm goes off. I think this is due to the heater running off the air conditioning pump off the motor, and it puts load on the engine, and in turn makes the car and engine vibrate a bit, when the heater circulates on and off. So I think my alarm is fine in terms of sensitivity.

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    im going to have to test my sensitivity later some time, see if i need to turn it up
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    Eric,

    Just wanted to say thanks for the info bro!!!!

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    Speaking of alarms, it'd be nice if the factory alarm would lock the doors when you start the car and unlock them when you shut it off- my Dad's Turbo Beetle locks them at a certain speed and unlocks them when the engine is cut. Maybe poke around at the wiring diagram and check out the speed sensor?...

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    Originally posted by Eric
    alright, I just cranked mine up yesterday and don't notice any difference, but I figure it can't hurt. The module that contains the shock sensitivity adjustment nob is located under the plastic piece with the mirror controls in it. Open up the armrest, and at the front, there are two notches that you use a flathead screwdriver (wrapped in a rag to protect the finish) to pop this piece up. Once this is up proceed to pull the bottom section
    off, you might hear some metal popping off, these are clips. Try
    to recover these. **When I did this I ripped a piece of rubber that surrounds the base of e-brake handle. It's really unimportant, but I think that if you pull thetrim piece off slowly, and the e-brake is disengaged, you shouldn't have a problem** After the entire trim piece is off, you will see an alarm unit . Ithink that it is onthe side toward the rear of the car, there is some small white writing that says something like "alam sensitivity adjustment. Peel off the small black patch, below the words, and using a #0 (really small) screwdriver, turn it clockwise to increase sensitivity, and counter clockwise to decrease it. Make sure to put the patch back over it or a piece of electrical tape to keep dust and dirt, etc. from getting into it.

    good luck
    well here's a pciture of what people should be looking for.
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    Originally posted by jedimaster
    Speaking of alarms, it'd be nice if the factory alarm would lock the doors when you start the car and unlock them when you shut it off- my Dad's Turbo Beetle locks them at a certain speed and unlocks them when the engine is cut. Maybe poke around at the wiring diagram and check out the speed sensor?...
    It is evil! I hate it when cars do that. No car should ever automatically lock you in. At least VW unlocks them automatically too. Most domestics lock themselves and then don't unlock when you turn the car off.
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