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Car Security FAQ
Q: How difficult is it to install one of your car security systems?
A: The actual time your installation will demand depends on your level of experience and the complexity of the system you choose. It's always wise to set aside a weekend for any alarm installation — you may well need less time than that, but this way you can work carefully and you won't feel rushed.
Crutchfield can help you with your installation. If one is available, we'll provide a free guide that tells the location and color of the wires you'll need to access in your own specific vehicle.
If you do have questions, our Technical Support staff will be able to help you over the phone (have your invoice with you when you call). These trained, expert installers are available to our customers toll-free, seven days a week.
Q: Which harnesses are available for my vehicle?
A: We currently have harnesses for hundreds of vehicles and chances are that yours is one of them. Simply call us toll-free at 1-888-955-6000 and one of our expert Advisors will furnish the info you need in a matter of seconds.
Q: Which system is best for me?
A: That really depends on your own specific needs. For example, if you have a deluxe sedan, you might want to add an alarm with automatic door lock activation for security reasons, and a remote trunk release for convenience. If you have a large van, you may want to consider adding an alarm with a microwave motion sensor to protect the entire van interior.
You'll find that even our basic systems provide a dependable level of protection and convenience. As you work your way up a manufacturer's line, you'll gain features like more sophisticated shock- and motion-sensors and increased remote control capability. For a detailed look at how the alarms differ, check out the features listed on our security systems by Code Alarm, Crime Guard and Python.
And if you'd like some advice before you make your choice, just give us a call toll-free at 1-888-955-6000 — our patient Product Advisors will be glad to help you determine which system best meets your own needs.
Q: What's a relay and how do I know if I need one?
A: A relay is an electronic switch. When current flows through a relay as a result of a remote command, or of a switch being thrown in your vehicle, an associated security feature is automatically activated.
You need a relay any time the current demand of the accessory you're adding exceeds the current your alarm can supply. (Typical relay applications include door locks, trunk locks, dome light, etc., depending on the type of vehicle, the type of alarm, and the interconnect harnesses available.)