Help: How to turn off electric door locks?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Brian Wasson, Sep 30, 2003.

  1. Brian Wasson

    Brian Wasson Guest

    On two occasions my OBW has been broken into by someone simply sliding
    a coat hanger between the window glass and the door frame and hitting
    the power lock unlock button. I installed a Subaru alarm this weekend
    (see separate post), but have been thinking about some way to easily
    and temporarily disconnect the power locking switches... NOT the power
    locking mechanism (accessed through the keyfob remote). In essence,
    I'd like to put a small switch inline somehow between the driver's and
    passenger's door switches and whatever relay (I imagine) controls the
    locking mechanism. This would allow me to turn off the electric door
    locking buttons when I'm parked somewhere questionable. I know I could
    just pull the fuse, but that isn't easy and quick, and will shut off
    remote locking, too.

    So, a few questions:

    1. Is it possible to turn off central locking without affecting the
    remote locking?
    2. Any idea where the wiring/relay is for this?

    I've ordered a Haynes book to get some insight into wiring and
    whatnot, but don't yet have it.
    Brian Wasson, Sep 30, 2003
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    Simply how about installing a flap on top of switch bank and hide the
    Tony Hwang, Sep 30, 2003
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    John Guest

    what if you got a really dark tint on your windows?
    John, Sep 30, 2003
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    Jiz Guest

    Geez you guys are lucky - that type of break in doesn't occur in Sydney,
    Australia - its quicker (and easier) for the thieves to smash a window.....
    usually damage done far exceeds goods stolen.

    My advice, simply make sure car is empty - and open glove box, ash tray etc.
    Alarms don't work - in Australia, don't even get a discount on insurance for
    having one, as everyone just ignores them.

    In Montreal, you'll even see signs in the windows - saying 'no radio'
    Jiz, Sep 30, 2003
  5. Brian Wasson

    S Guest

    Hi Brian!

    I have an Impreza wiring diagram available at
    <> file is: wiringdiagram.pdf., There is
    some nfo about the security system in the ../wrx_mods directory as
    well. I don't know how applicable this will be to your OBW, but I'd
    bet they are at least similar. Whatever, you should be able to disable
    the lock switch on the door(s) by removing the connector at the
    switch. This may or may not mess with the keyless entry, but it's easy
    enough to be worth a try. Good luck, let us know what you find.

    ByeBye! S.

    Steve Jernigan KG0MB
    Laboratory Manager
    Microelectronics Research
    University of Colorado
    (719) 262-3101
    S, Oct 1, 2003
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    F. Plant Guest


    As Jiz points out the damage caused by phsically breaking something to get
    in may offset the benefits. Driving without a window is a PITA.

    On a side note, a friend had their car broken in twice. First time was an
    amatuer -damaged window, dash and stole a few tapes as they couldn't get the
    radio out. Second was a pro -stole the radio, no damage and locked the car

    F. Plant, Oct 2, 2003
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