Remote Start Features
Overview: The Code-Alarm CA6553 is a part of the
Professional Series line. It has a remote start for cooling down or warming up your
vehicle before you drive (for automatic transmission vehicles only), a keyless entry system to remotely lock or unlock your doors, and a
security system to protect your vehicle and its contents. It comes with two
Remotes: The CA6553 comes with one 2-way, 5-button remote transmitter
(CATX-MLC) with a 1.5" LCD screen, and one 1-way, 4-button remote transmitter (CATX-MT).
Both remotes operate at 433 MHz to give you excellent range (approximately 1000
Additional remotes (up to a total of 4) can be programmed to operate the
alarm/remote start. Details of the remotes include:
- CATX-MLC 2-way LCD Remote: The illuminated LCD remote receives
feedback from the alarm so you can check the status of your vehicle.
Numerous icons indicate at a glance if the doors are locked or unlocked, the
current alarm mode, and which triggers have set off the alarm. Additional
convenience features include an alarm clock and a
parking meter timer. The remote can also operate a second alarm 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. Requires one CR2450 battery (included).
- CATX-MT 1-way Remote: The 1-way remote contains four buttons for
lock, unlock, vehicle locator/panic mode, and remote start. Requires two
CR2016 batteries (installed).
Glass-Mount Antenna: The included glass-mount antenna includes two
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
Data Bus Interface (DBI) Port: The alarm's 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 (item #
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
Note: Even with the interface, there will be some required
splicing into your vehicle's factory wiring.
125dB Siren: The CA6553 includes a siren which emits a single tone
pattern at 125dB, which is equal to the threshold of pain in humans. Its compact
size (2-3/4" footprint diameter, 3-3/8" horn diameter) gives you additional
mounting flexibility. The weatherproof design keeps the siren operating
flawlessly in the harsh, under hood environment.
Silent Choice: The Silent Choice feature allows you to control the
arm/disarm chirps from the remote control. The system default is with Silent
Choice enabled, which requires a second press of the "lock" button to activate
an audible arming response from the vehicle.
Active/Passive Operation: The system can be programmed for passive or
active arming and door locking. Active arming/locking requires the use of the
remote to arm the system or to lock the doors. When programmed for passive
operation, the doors lock and the system is armed automatically 1 minute after
the last door is closed.
Delayed Arming: For vehicles with a delayed dome light, the system can
be programmed to delay arming up to 60 seconds after the lock button is pressed.
Once programmed, the system will learn the timing of the dome light delay and
add 2 seconds before arming.
Door Locks/Trunk Release: The alarm can lock and unlock the vehicle's
doors using the remotes. The alarm can be wired to work with positive or
negative switching locks, reverse polarity, and positive or negative multiplexed
door locks. In addition to
unlocking and locking the doors, the system can also open the vehicle's trunk or
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 alarm'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
Shock Sensor: The included dual-stage magnetic shock sensor will
respond with a warning chirp when there is a light impact to the vehicle. Harder
impacts will fully trigger the alarm. You can bypass the shock sensor for one
arm cycle, and will default back to normal operation the next time the system is
armed. The shock sensor's sensitivity can be adjusted if needed.
Starter Interrupt Output: When the alarm is triggered, the system will
disable the vehicle by interrupting the circuit to the starter via a relay. As
long as the system is in alarm mode, the vehicle's engine cannot be started,
preventing a possible theft. The relay needed to install this feature is
included with the alarm.
Personal Protection Alarm Mode: The alarm'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 alarm with the transmitter, or the system will
automatically stop after 30 seconds.
Real Panic Sound (RPS): During panic and alarm trigger modes, the horn
and/or siren will sound in a randomized pattern. This draws more attention to
the vehicle that alarms without this feature.
Hidden Alarm Function: The Hidden Alarm function allows you to arm the
system with the siren and horn output silenced if the system is triggered. The
LCD remote will still indicate if the alarm is triggered during the Hidden Alarm
Progressive Car Find: To assist you in locating your vehicle in a
crowded parking lot, the Progressive Car Find feature will sound the alarm
and/or honk the horn five times at low volume. 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.
Carjack Mode: The CA6553 features a Carjack mode, which
must be turned on in system programming. The Carjack mode provides a delayed and
progressive alarm response, starting with siren chirping, to full alarm with
flashing parking lights, to starter kill activation, rendering the vehicle
Parking Meter Countdown: The Parking Meter Countdown feature
can help you keep track of the amount of time left on your parking meter. You
can set the timer to one of six preset times, and the remote will alert you when
the time has expired.
5 Auxiliary Outputs: The alarm features 5 auxiliary outputs to operate
optional accessories such as power windows or sunroof, or a powered sliding
door. These 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.). You can access Aux 1 by pressing 2 buttons on the
remote. For the additional Aux 2 through Aux 5 outputs, you will need to enter
an Aux Mode, which will "shift" the transmitter functions from their standard
operations to control the Aux outputs. Once you have entered Aux Mode, outputs
Aux 2 through Aux 5 can be activated by pressing and holding one of the remote
buttons for 3 seconds.
Remote Start Features
Operation: The Code-Alarm CA6553 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
Note: The CA6553's remote start feature is for automatic
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.
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
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.
Interval Starting: The CA6553 has the ability to start the vehicle
every 2 or 3 hours over a 48-hour period. This is an especially useful feature
in cold climates. You can select a two- or three-hour interval, as well as the
run times in the programming setup. During this period, you can shut off the
engine at any time using the remote transmitter.
Temperature Start Mode: The CA6553 Remote Start System has
the ability to start the vehicle if the temperature drops below a preset
temperature threshold. Once activated, the system will only start the vehicle
one time based on the temperature setting, and will be cancelled if the vehicle
is started with the key or remote started by the transmitter. The temperature is
read by the alarm module, which is typically mounted below the dashboard. The
vehicle's interior temperature will likely vary from the ambient temperature.
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
2 or 3 Hour Start Timer: The system has the ability to start your vehicle
every 2 or 3 hours for a 48-hour period. This feature is especially useful in
cold climates where the only means of keeping the engine and engine fluids warm
is to periodically start the engine.
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.
Turbo Timer: If your vehicle has a turbo, the Turbo Timer option will
keep the engine running for a period of time (1, 3, or 5 minutes) after you turn
off the ignition key. This allows the vehicle's turbo to properly cool before
the engine is shut off.
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
- 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
- The vehicle hood is open.
- The brake pedal is pressed prior to turning the ignition key to the On
- The engine is over-revved (tach checking only).
- The valet mode is active.
Car Link by Audiovox (ASCL1 or ASCL2) is a smartphone interface that allows you to start your vehicle, lock or unlock
your doors, or pop the trunk from virtually anywhere. The Car Link's car finder
feature can help you locate your car in a large garage or parking lot. The range
of the Car Link system is virtually unlimited. As long as you are in an area
where you can receive smartphone service, you can use Car Link.
Dual-Zone Microwave Sensor:
The optional Code-Alarm Dual-Zone Microwave Sensor (MV3) detects movement through a protected area, such
as someone trying to reach inside of your vehicle. It has two zones of
detection--exterior and interior. When the exterior field is penetrated, the
unit will cause the alarm system to emit a series of warn-away tones. When the
interior zone is penetrated, the unit will cause the alarm system to go into
full alert. The unit should be mounted near the center of the interior of the
Universal Transponder Interface (UTI): The optional Universal
Transponder Interface (220UTI) works with vehicles that use an "immobilizer" key
system, allowing you to operate the alarm 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.
Digital Tilt Sensor: The optional Code-Alarm DUB1 digital tilt sensor
(220DUB1) can detect when the angle of your vehicle changes and trigger the
alarm to protect you from tow trucks and tire or wheel thieves. After you have
parked your vehicle, the DUB1 has a digital self-leveling feature to determine
the angle of your parked vehicle. If that angle changes due to the vehicle being
jacked up or towed, it will trigger a full alarm in the security system.
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 CA6553'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.
1-way Remote Transmitter: Up to 4 remote transmitters can be used with
the CA6553 security system. Additional CATX-MT 1-way 4-button remotes (220CATXMT)
can be purchased and programmed to operate your system.