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Start your engine from up to a mile away

Code Alarm's CA5553SST remote start system allows you the luxury of being to start your vehicle from up to a mile away. With a push of a button, you can warm up and defrost your vehicle in the dead of winter, or cool off your vehicle in the dog days of summer. The CA5553SST will work with most diesel, hybrid, and fuel-injected vehicles with automatic transmissions, and with many vehicles with manual transmissions as well.

2-way remote communicates with your car

The CA5553SST system's 2-way remote boasts an LCD screen that'll give you instant feedback on the status of your car, even when it's out of sight. The system also includes a 24-hour start timer mode, an alarm clock mode, and a parking meter countdown timer to help keep you and your vehicle on schedule every day.

And more

The CA5553SST will also unlock and lock your car, and pop open the trunk, if you want. It also features an override switch for valet parking. You can expand your remote system even more by adding an optional actuator to the auxiliary output, to turn on the dome light or rear defroster, for example. A car-finding feature will sound your horn at low volume so you can find your car quickly in a crowded parking lot, and a Real Panic Sound horn output is there for emergencies.

Important Note:
We offer an interface that can save you lots of time when you install a Code Alarm system in most vehicles. For a limited time, you can save $100 on the interface if purchased with this Code Alarm system. Chat or call us at 1-888-955-6000 to see if the interface will work with your vehicle.

Product Highlights:

  • remote start and keyless entry system
  • one 5-button 2-way LCD remote — up to 1-mile range
  • one 4-button 1-way remote — up to 1-mile range
  • works with fuel injected, diesel, and hybrid vehicles with automatic transmissions
  • built-in Manual Transmission Mode
  • remote door lock/unlock and trunk release
  • glass mount antenna with blue LED and valet switch
  • Progressive Car Finder
  • Panic Mode features Real Panic Sound randomized horn warnings to attract more attention
  • 24 Hour Time Start and Alarm Clock Modes
  • user programmable run time
  • one auxiliary output for adding a function
  • DBI port for vehicle interface connection
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • CA-5553SST control module
  • CATXMLSS 5-button 2-way LCD remote transmitter (with rechargeable battery installed)
  • Battery charger with cigarette lighter adapter and coiled cord (part # 41201441)
  • AC adapter with Type A USB port (DC output: 5V 0.5A)(part # 43603930)
  • 32" USB cable with Type A USB on one end and Micro USB 2.0 on other end)
  • CATXMSS 4-button 1-way remote transmitter (with CR2032 battery installed)
  • Key ring
  • Glass-mount antenna with dual-sided adhesive pad (part # 41800310)
  • Spring-loaded pin switch (with three hex nuts and an external-tooth lock washer)
  • 3' 11-pin Main Harness (part # 41201850)(2 wires extend to 79")
  • 3' 3-pin Parking Light harness (part # 41201031)
  • 2' 6-Pin Starter Harness (part # 41201101)
  • 3' 4-Pin Alternate Output Harness (part # 41201021)
  • 3' 2-pin Door Lock Harness (part # 41201061)
  • 8.25' 6-pin Black flat cable for glass-mount antenna (part # 41201930)
  • Owner's Guide
  • Installation Guide
  • Warning sticker

Features and Specs

Lines of Defense
Alarm No Alarm
Pager Warning No
Scan-resistant Remote Codes No
Battery Backup No
Trigger Methods
Glass Break Sensor No
Accessory Pins No
Current Sensing No
Arming Method N/A
Included Remotes 2
Number of Remote Buttons 5 button + 4 button
Number of Remote Functions 4
Two-way Remote 1 Remote
Smartphone Integration Optional
Factory Security Integration No
Number of Cars 2
Hood/Trunk Release Yes
Remote Door Locks Yes
Remote Start Yes
Manual Transmission Compatible Yes
Valet Switch Yes
Manual Override No
Delayed Operations
Entrance No
Exit/Last Door No
Reset/Trigger No
Rearm/Disarm No
Number of Zones 0
Parts Warranty Limited Lifetime
Labor Warranty Limited Lifetime

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Keyless Entry Features
Remote Start Features

Keyless Entry Features

Overview: The Code-Alarm CA5553SST, a part of the Professional Series line, has a remote start for cooling down or warming up your vehicle before you drive, and a keyless entry system to remotely lock or unlock your doors. It is not a security system. The CA5553SST comes with a 2-way LCD remote and a 1-way remote.

Long Range Remotes: The CA5553SST comes with one 2-way, 5-button, long-range, remote transmitter (CATXMLSS) with a 1.5" LCD screen, and one 1-way, 4-button remote transmitter (CATXMSS). Both remotes have sturdy metal bezels, and operate at 900 MHz to give you superior range. Additional remotes (up to a total of 4) can be programmed to operate the alarm/remote start. Details of the remotes include:

  • CATXMLSS 2-way LCD Remote: The illuminated LCD remote receives feedback from the control module so you can check the status of your vehicle. The remote will vibrate, play a melody tone, or both each time it receives a response. Numerous icons indicate at a glance if the doors are locked or unlocked, trunk release mode, engine running, etc. Additional convenience features include an alarm clock and a parking meter timer. The remote can also operate a second remote start/keyless entry system once the remote has "learned" all of the second system's codes. The LCD remote has 5 buttons for lock, unlock, vehicle locator/panic mode, remote start, and function. The remote is equipped with a rechargeable battery, and comes with a battery charger that plugs into your vehicle's cigarette lighter/DC power outlet. An AC adapter and USB cable lets you charge the battery on AC power as well.
  • CATXMSS 1-way Remote: The 1-way remote contains four buttons for lock, unlock, vehicle locator/panic mode, and remote start. Requires one CR2032 battery (installed).

Glass-Mount Antenna: The included glass-mount antenna includes two blue LEDs and the valet switch built in. Typically, the antenna is mounted high on your windshield near the rear-view mirror, using the provided dual-sided adhesive pad. This location gives you optimal range for the remotes, high visibility for the status LEDs, and a convenient location for the valet switch/programming button.

Programmed Transmitter Notification: As a precaution, each time the vehicle's ignition is turned on, the status LED will flash the number of transmitters programmed into the system. This will let you know if there are any unauthorized transmitters that are programmed to the system.

Data Bus Interface (DBI) Port: The control module has a 4-pin Data Bus Interface (DBI) port, which allows you to plug in an optional FlashLogic Transponder/Door Lock/Remote Start Interface (220FLCAN) directly into the system. These modules, compatible with many late model vehicles, can save considerable installation time by eliminating the need to find and splice various wires within the vehicle. Typical connections that are made with the interfaces include tachometer, brake, door locks, and ignition/starter.

Note: Even with the interface, there will be some required splicing into your vehicle's factory wiring.

Silent Choice: The Silent Choice feature allows you to control the audible responses when the doors are locked or unlocked. When Silent Choice is activated, a second press of the "lock" button is required to activate an audible response from the vehicle. If your system is set up for a two-step unlock, a third press is required for an audible response. The system default is Silent Choice disabled, which means you will get an audible response on the first button press.

Door Locks/Trunk Release: The system can lock and unlock the vehicle's doors using the remotes. The keyless entry can be wired to work with positive or negative switching locks, reverse polarity, and positive or negative multiplexed door locks. Additional relays may be required for installation. In addition to unlocking and locking the doors, the system can also open the vehicle's trunk or hatch.

Note: When interfacing with any other type of factory door lock system besides negative switching locks, or when using aftermarket door lock actuators, two SPDT relays (such as 120E5000) will be needed. If your vehicle requires the use of a Data Integration module that controls your factory door locks, no extra parts besides the Data Integration module will be required.

Two-stage Door Unlock: The keyless entry system's door lock function can be set to operate in two stages. The driver's door only is unlocked with one press of the unlock button. A second press of the button within 3 seconds will unlock the remaining doors.

Personal Protection (Panic) Mode: The system's Personal Protection or Panic Mode will activate an alert when you press and hold the panic button continually for three seconds. The transmitter's normal functions are suspended during panic mode, except to allow you to lock or unlock the doors. You can manually shut off the alert with the transmitter, or the system will automatically stop after 30 seconds.

Progressive Car Finder: To assist you in locating your vehicle in a crowded parking lot, the Progressive Car Finder feature will flash the parking lights and honk the horn five times. If you have not located the vehicle, the system will repeat the action at increasingly higher volumes (low, medium, high) with each press of the button.

Auxiliary Output: The CA5553SST features an auxiliary output to operate optional accessories such as power windows or sunroof, a powered sliding door, or to operate the defrost. This 500mA output is capable of driving relays, and can be programmed to operate in various timing configurations (i.e. push and hold, latched, latched until ignition on, etc.).

Remote Start Features

Operation: The Code-Alarm CA5553SST can remotely start your vehicle using the remote transmitters. When activated, the system will sound, the parking lights will flash once, and the system will confirm that the vehicle is safe to start. If all safety parameters are correct, the vehicle will start within 5 seconds. Once started, the parking lights will turn on as a visual indication that the vehicle has started and is running. If the vehicle stalls or fails to start, the system will pause 5 seconds, then try two more times to start the vehicle. If the vehicle does not start after the third attempt, the starting process will be aborted. Before operating the vehicle, you will need to insert the key, turn to the On position, and depress the brake to disengage the starter procedure.

Single/Double Press: The system can be configured that the remote start is activated with either a single press of the transmitter button or with two presses of the button.

Remote Start Ready Mode: The unit is compatible with vehicles with either automatic or manual transmissions. For manual transmissions, the vehicle must first be in Remote Start Ready mode before it can be remotely started. The Remote Start Ready mode procedure is described in the owner's guide.

Preheating/Precooling: Before exiting the vehicle, you should set the temperature controls to the desired setting and operation. When the vehicle is started the next time, the heater or air conditioner will be activated to heat or cool the vehicle's interior to your setting.

Special Vehicle Accommodations: The remote start can be configured to accommodate a variety of vehicle engine types. You can program the remote start for a gasoline engine, with no delay for the starter output wire, or program the unit for a diesel engine with a delay in the starter output wire of 10, 15, 20, or 40 seconds after the ignition has been powered up by the remote start. This delay is required in order for the diesel engine's glow plugs to become ready to start the engine. The system also features a special compatibility for a hybrid vehicle.

Quick Stop: This feature allows you to keep the engine running and the vehicle secure while you make a short stop, taking the keys with you.

Daily Start Timer: The system has the ability to start your vehicle based on a 24-hour countdown timer. Once you have finished operating the vehicle for the day, a quick procedure must be followed to complete the timer process.

Extended Run Time: The system allows you to extend the time the vehicle will be running when under remote start. For example, if you have your vehicle set to run for 20 minutes and the time remaining in the current run cycle is 5 minutes, you can reset it to run another full 20 minutes.

Tach Mode: The system can be programmed to determine how it will monitor the engine running during remote start. It can be set to one of the following options:

  • Tach: hard wired directly to the tach wire of the vehicle to monitor AC voltage.
  • Tachless (Crank Average / Voltage): determines crank time by averaging the last 8 times the vehicle was started with the key, then monitors the change in voltage after remote start.
  • Hybrid (Crank Average / No Voltage): determines crank time by averaging the last 8 times the vehicle was started with the key.
  • DBI Port: monitors the vehicle's tach rate through an interface module connected to the DBI port.

Smart Tachless Mode: This mode is only available if a tach signal has never been learned to the system, and when activated, will automatically change the Tach Mode feature in option programming to Tachless without the need to enter the feature programming mode.

Safety Features: For safety and security reasons, the system will shut down or prevent the remote starter from activating if any of the following occur:

  • The vehicle hood is open.
  • The brake pedal is pressed prior to turning the ignition key to the On position.
  • The engine is over-revved (tach checking only).
  • The valet mode is active.


FlashLogic Interface Module: The optional FlashLogic Databus Interface Module (220FLCAN) communicates with your vehicle's Databus to provide plug-in capability for various functions of the Code-Alarm security system. Typical functions include tach input, door trigger, dome light supervision, trunk/hatch open, diesel glow plug input, remote start, and factory keyless entry controls. Compatibility and available functions vary depending upon year, make, and model of vehicle.

Note: Before installing, the FlashLogic module will need to configured for your specific vehicle via web-update. Some splicing into factory wiring will be required.

Universal Transponder Interface (UTI): The optional Universal Transponder Interface (UTI) works with vehicles that use an "immobilizer" key system, allowing you to operate the system without interfering with the vehicle's anti-theft features. The UTI works with vehicles that have a transponder or RF-based immobilizer, including the GM Passkey systems.

Door Lock Actuators: Power door locks can be added to a vehicle with manual door locks with a Door Lock Actuator, enabling you to lock/unlock your doors with the CA5553SST's keyless entry feature. A Standard 2-wire Door Lock Actuator (220DA1) is available for normal manual door locks. For cable-driven door locking systems, a Motor Clutch-type Door Lock Actuator (220DA2) and a Cable Kit (220CLBK) will be needed. You will need an actuator for each door you want to control.

Extra Remote Transmitter: Up to 4 remote transmitters can be used with the CA5553SST security system. Additional CATXMLSS 2-way 5-button remotes and CATXMSS 1-way 4-button remotes can be purchased from Code Alarm and programmed to operate your system.

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Remote start

Written By C. Lee, Clarksville, TN on Sunday, February 02, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is my first remote start and so far so good. I installed it myself but ran into a speed bump when I found out I needed a immobilizer bypass because of the chip in my key. Crutchfield took care of me and directed me to the product I needed which was a FLCAN computer. I gave this product four stars because I like the features such as rechargeable LCD remote, programmable run time, car finder, panic alarm and trunk opener. This is all I needed and reasonable price. Cructhfield sent me the wiring for my care but I have mechanic background so I do suggest a pro.

Pros: Great features reasonable price.

Cons: Should have built in immobilizer bypass so you don't have to buy separate product.

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