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Code Alarm CA1053

Car security and keyless entry system

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Our take on the Code Alarm CA1053

Carjacking protection and automatic rearming provide additional safety features. The CA1053 also has an override switch for valet parking, while the "silent choice" feature allows you to arm and disarm your car alarm without disturbing your neighbors. The car-finding feature will sound your alarm at low volume so you can find your car quickly in a crowded parking lot.

Secure your vehicle

Your car may have a keyless entry remote, but that doesn't mean you've got a security system built in as well. And even if you have a factory-installed security system, very few of them include a siren and an impact sensor, for instance — essential features if you want to stop a thief from smashing a window and taking what they want.


Code Alarm's CA1053 keyless entry and security system protects your car and its contents with an impact sensor and more, and gives you the convenience of remote door locking. The dual-stage shock sensor system's siren chirps a warning with the first impact, then goes off full blast if the intrusion continues. The system includes:

  • a dual-stage magnetic shock sensor that detects unauthorized tampering;
  • a powerful 125 dB weatherproof siren;
  • two 4-button remote controls;
  • remote door lock and unlock;
  • a starter interrupt feature which shuts down ignition during unauthorized use.
  • DBI port for direct interface connection

More features

Carjacking protection and automatic rearming provide additional safety features. The CA1053 also has an override switch for valet parking, while the "silent choice" feature allows you to arm and disarm your car alarm without disturbing your neighbors. The car-finding feature will sound your alarm at low volume so you can find your car quickly in a crowded parking lot.

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 $40 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.

If you know how to use a multimeter and have experience working with your vehicle's electrical system, you should be able to install this security system yourself. If not, please consider having your system professionally installed.

To ensure vehicle compatibility, please enter your vehicle information in OutfitMyCar. Your order will be reviewed by our Car Experts group, who will contact you if further information or recommended accessories are needed.

Product Highlights:

  • automotive keyless entry and security system
  • two 4-button transmitters (range: up to 1500 feet)
  • dual-stage impact sensor — chirps when the vehicle's bumped and sets off the alarm with further violations
  • 125 dB weatherproof siren
  • starter interrupt
  • anti-carjacking protection
  • progressive car finder
  • panic alarm
  • valet mode overrides alarm
  • silent arm and disarm
  • DBI port for vehicle interface connection
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • CA-1053 control module (with 18" antenna attached)
  • 2 CATX4 4-button 1-way remote transmitters (each with CR2016 battery installed)
  • 2 Key rings (installed on remotes)
  • 125dB Weatherproof siren with 12" power/ground wires
  • 3' 6-Pin Input/Output Harness (part #10327080)
  • 3' 6-Pin Main Harness with in-line 15A fuse on power wire (part # 10327071)
  • SPDT Relay and socket for starter interrupt with attached 6" 4-wire harness (part # 10311232)
  • 24" 2-Pin Door Lock Output harness (part # 10312950)
  • Valet Switch with attached 40" 2-wire harness (part # 10311190)
  • Status LED with attached 40" 2-pin harness (part # 10311180)
  • Owner's Guide
  • Installation Guide
  • Code-Alarm window decal

Code Alarm CA1053 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(17 Reviews)

Code Alarm CA1053

Kirby from Bellbrook, OH on 1/21/2018

1999 Toyota Camry LE
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works very great.



Code Alarm CA1053

shawn from Oklahoma City, OK on 12/12/2017

2002 Chevrolet Blazer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fairly simple alarm, installation was a bit frustrating but the Crutchfield team walked me thru the hard stuff. Total install time was 5 hours. Seems to work well.



Code Alarm CA1053

Crutchfield customer from Providence, RI on 9/20/2017

2000 Honda Civic
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It a basic alarm that does it job. I bought to unlock and lock the doors and it's an alarm so win win

Pros: Cheap and great

Cons: None

Code Alarm CA1053

Crutchfield customer from Central Florida on 6/2/2017

2011 Ford Ranger
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Straight forward to install. Crutchfield provided all the info I needed right after ordering. Spent time just reading the manual and comparing it to the wiring information for our vehicle the day before. Took copious notes and was able to just move from one connection to the next during install. Range is good with the remote. My daughter is very happy with the result.



Code Alarm CA1053

Cameron from Colorado Springs, CO on 5/14/2017

2006 Scion tC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installation is somewhat tricky but overall good alarm system. Very good for it's price, would recommend to oithers



excellent product

Sherry from Vista, CA on 4/9/2017

2011 Kia Rio
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfectly!!!!!

Pros: Works like it should!

Cons: none

Basic Alarm System

Rhett from Salt Lake City, UT on 1/2/2017

2003 Honda Civic
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just as advertised. A basic alarm system with key-less entry. Pleasantly surprised that a multi-stage shock sensor is built into the main unit and that light duty relays are built in for the door locks so all i had to do was attach the line for the polarity. Install went just like any other alarm, if you know auto wiring and can follow the instructions, it should only take an afternoon, with all the options. Loved the wiring color code provided, made it so all I had to do was verify wires instead of hunting them down.

Pros: Key less, shock sensor, wiring color code emailed to us.

Cons: -

Easy to install

Jon d from New Orleans on 4/12/2016

2003 Honda Element
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to install

Pros: Simple to install, inexpensive

Cons: Purchase FLCAN unit but was necessary to install because the unit doesn't have remote start

Far better than expected!

Phil T. from Fountain Valley, CA on 3/15/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For the price i expected a low end system, what i got was something way better than I had even hoped for. The options and instructions on this unit are dummy proof. Great system, lots of future proofing and easy to use. I installed this myself into an older vehicle and it works flawless. Great buy, totally recommend!

Pros: Ease of install, fantastic instructions and ease of programming.

Cons: wires are a little short in spots, but easy to extend if you know what you're doing, and I had to reach to put this under the cons.

Code alarm

Mike from Tulsa ok on 3/8/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Super easy install. Recommend for any one

Pros: All pros!

Cons: No cons!

Difficult to program- too many settings and program menu is difficult

Ab from San Diego on 10/6/2015

1999 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This model is by far the most difficult to program. For instance you cannot to begin any of tje programming process untill you program the 2 remotes you receive in the kit. Directions and outcome are not what you are told ot will be. In the old days, the remotes came synced with your master control module. Without a visual display there is now way to count beeps and listen to horn chirps to know where you are at any given point in the programming menu. I am a qualified electronic techinician with many alarm/ stereo / amplifier installs and this model will going back for a refund. For this price it is not worth this hassel over the last 3 weeks. Purchase a more expensive unit with an easier complete install direction and programmimg requirement.

Pros: None- only one remote could be programmed and low cost.

Cons: Difficult to program. Never could get unot working. I am a qualified degreed electronic technician.

Code Alarm CA1053

Johnny from Arlington, tx on 1/27/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Working great for what I needed. I bought this item just for the keyless entry but went ahead and hooked up certain features that I wanted and all works great.

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

Great alarm, poor instructions

Roadings from Hampton, Va. on 12/21/2014

2002 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Seems like a nice alarm, but the included instructions are for a generic install. When I called Crutchfield I didn't get much help. The manufacture's instructions mentioned a database for install particulars, however you have to be an install Profesional to access it.... not much help.

Pros: Nicely put together

Cons: Poor instructions

Car alarm

Crutchfield customer from Memphis, TN on 10/2/2014

2000 Ford Taurus SE
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works very well at a great price.

Pros: The price was great to have all the key features.


Good basic alarm - if that's all you need

Raymond M. from Oregon on 7/20/2014

1998 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I don't have a fancy vehicle (15 year old 4Runner) so I don't need a fancy alarm. My factory installed alarm's remote broke and I had no way of replacing it so had to get a new alarm. Crutchfield sends an electrical diagram sheet for my truck which helped a lot. I had the advantage of copying the previous wiring so if you are installing this new for the first time, it'll take you a little longer, and you may need a voltmeter so if you can't do that, then take the alarm to an installer.

Pros: Good selection of basic features.

Cons: None.

quality keyless entry at affordable price

Crutchfield customer from greenville, nc on 5/25/2014

1998 Jeep Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent range, simple installation, overall great entry level keyless entry and security kit. I have installed this kit on both my 98 Cherokee and 98 Grand Cherokee due to this costing less then one new OEM remote, and it gets MUCH better range.



Car Alarm

Mike from Jax, FL on 2/5/2014

1995 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed the car alarm over a two day period and it works great. It is challenging to find all of the wires you need to tap into but the wire color guide was a big help. Phoned Tech Support a couple of times when I got in the weeds and they put me back on track. I don't think I would try installing one without some good Tech Support to back me up. It's too complex unless you have experience.

Pros: Works great. Opens the door locks, arms, disarms, makes loud noise long time when tripped.

Cons: None


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Alarm Features

Alarm Features

Overview: The Code-Alarm CA1053 Vehicle Security and Keyless Entry System, a part of the Professional Series line, will protect your vehicle and its contents, and can remotely lock or unlock your doors. It comes with two remotes.

Remotes: The CA1053 comes with two 1-way, 4-button remote transmitters (CATX4). The remotes operate at 433 MHz with additional SAW filtering to give you excellent range with less RF interference. The remotes have four buttons for lock, unlock, vehicle locator/panic mode, and trunk release. Each requires one CR2016 battery (installed). Additional remotes (up to a total of 4) can be programmed to operate the alarm.

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 (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.

125dB Siren: The CA1053 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. When Silent Choice is activated, a second press of the "lock" button is required to activate an audible arming response from the vehicle. The system default is Silent Choice disabled, which means the alarm will chirp for arm and disarm on the first button press.

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.

Hidden Alarm: You can set the alarm to activate the Hidden Alarm function. The security system will arm with the Hidden Alarm function in which the siren and/or horn will be silenced if the system is triggered.

Door Locks/Trunk Release: The alarm can lock and unlock the vehicle's doors using the remotes. The alarm works with negative switching locks. All other locking systems will need a Code Alarm Door Lock Relay Kit, or two relays (120E5000), unless you are using a data interface with door lock control. In addition to unlocking and locking the doors, the system can also open the vehicle's trunk or hatch.

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 remaining doors.

Built-in Shock Sensor: The built-in 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.

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.

Progressive Car Finder: To assist you in locating your vehicle in a crowded parking lot, the Progressive Car Finder 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 CA1053 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 disabled.


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, factory alarm arm/disarm, 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 be 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 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 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 CA1053'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 CA1053 security system. Additional CATX4 1-way 4-button remotes can be purchased and programmed to operate your system.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Price and options are exactly what I'm looking for. [ Jose  Aug 13, 2017 ]
The selection for a simple alarm system on my Toyota 4Runner. [ Richard  Jul 24, 2017 ]
Functions and price, good reviews. Meets my requirements for a simple alarm and keyless entry. [ GLEN  Apr 30, 2017 ]
old car needed a good alarm [ JOHN  Mar 03, 2017 ]
We just need simple functions (keyless entry & theft deterrent) and Code Alarm has always been a good brand for me. [ Rhett  Dec 05, 2016 ]
customer reviews, simplicity and discussion w/ tech support last week [ William C.  Sep 17, 2016 ]
Good Reviews [ Vismantas  Aug 17, 2016 ]
Price [ Anthony  Aug 15, 2016 ]
Performs the functions that I needed at a very reasonable cost. Replacement for a 15-year old unit no longer working. [ David  Jun 17, 2016 ]
Price and features [ Rick  May 22, 2016 ]
A good value for the application. [ D  Apr 11, 2016 ]

6 questions already asked

I did not use a motion sensor. I don't think it has provision for adding one. It does have a shock sensor which works well. This is a basic alarm, but does the job very well. Probably need a more advanced unit to have a motion sensor. Hope this helps. [ David  Aug 22, 2017 ]
The alarm is expandable for sensors but I am not sure that they offer a motion sensor for this model at the time I purchased it they did not. This is a very good alarm and does what is needed. [ JUSTIN  Aug 21, 2017 ]
This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what is compatible and what you will need for an installation. [ Kenny  Apr 08, 2017 ]  Staff
Yes, as long as they are connected correctly. [ Victor  Oct 19, 2015 ]
Yes [ Eric  Oct 19, 2015 ]
Yes. [ Raymond  Oct 19, 2015 ]
yes. 2 flashes for arm. 1 flash for disarm. [ LEONARD  Oct 19, 2015 ]
Unfortunatly i never used the alarm,but i do know there is a lighting wire in the harness and if installed properly YES the lights will flash. Thanks for askiing,Paul [ Paul  Oct 19, 2015 ]
Yes [ JERROD  Oct 19, 2015 ]
Yes, if it is installed correctly the lights flash when arming, disarming, and when the alarm has been triggered. [ Bobby  Oct 19, 2015 ]
Yes [ Alex  Oct 19, 2015 ]
I do not know the answer to this question. I had a related query for Crutchfield and I was referred to the Manufactured of the alarm: Audiovox Electronics Corp. customer service. [ LEONARD  Jun 14, 2014 ]
Don't know about this situation. [ GEORGE  Mar 17, 2014 ]
Are you talking about the interface module that is the alarm system? If so then yes you need it as it has the shock sensor built in and controls the arming and disarming of the sensor and start kill. If your talking about the dbi controlled interface that attaches to the alarm, then no as it only benefits you if you have a lot of power features. Hope this helps. [ Victor  Mar 10, 2014 ]
I understand the interface module was to run door locks, we put this on a 90 Miata that did not have power anything too, we added lock actuators and used the interface module. Works really well [ THOMAS  Mar 10, 2014 ]
For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to discuss use in vehicles outside the US. [ Jeff  Jan 16, 2014 ]  Staff