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Code Alarm CA5153SST

Long-range remote start system with keyless entry

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That's right — Code Alarm's CA5153SST remote start system allows you the luxury of being able to climb into your pre-warmed and defrosted vehicle even when it's parked at the far end of an airport parking lot in the dead of winter, for instance, Or, imagine leaving a hot amusement park in the summertime, crossing a sweltering parking lot, and jumping into your cool, air-conditioned ride. The CA5153SST will work with most diesel, hybrid, and fuel-injected vehicles with automatic transmissions, and can be programmed to work with many vehicles with manual transmissions as well.

We offer vehicle-specific interfaces that you'll need to complete your remote start installation. Please identify your vehicle as we review every order to make sure you've got everything you need.

Start your engine from up to a mile away

That's right — Code Alarm's CA5153SST remote start system allows you the luxury of being able to climb into your pre-warmed and defrosted vehicle even when it's parked at the far end of an airport parking lot in the dead of winter, for instance, Or, imagine leaving a hot amusement park in the summertime, crossing a sweltering parking lot, and jumping into your cool, air-conditioned ride. The CA5153SST will work with most diesel, hybrid, and fuel-injected vehicles with automatic transmissions, and can be programmed to work with many vehicles with manual transmissions as well.

More features

The CA5153SST 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 stands ready 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 $60 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
  • works with fuel injected, diesel, and hybrid vehicles with automatic transmissions
  • Programmable Manual Transmission Mode
  • two 4-button 1-way remotes — up to 1-mile range
  • remote door lock/unlock and trunk release
  • glass mount antenna with blue LED and valet switch
  • Progressive Car Finder
  • 24 Hour Time Start Mode
  • user programmable run time
  • Panic Mode features Real Panic Sound randomized horn warnings to attract more attention
  • one auxiliary output for adding a function
  • DBI port for vehicle interface connection
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • CA-5153SST control module
  • 2 CATXMSS 4-button 1-way remote transmitters (each with CR2032 battery installed)
  • Key ring
  • Glass-mount antenna with dual-sided adhesive pad (part # 41800470)
  • 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

Code Alarm CA5153SST Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

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GregD from San Antonio, TX on 1/4/2014

2011 Chevrolet Traverse
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Great value. We purchased this alarm for our 2011 Chevrolet Traverse and are happy with it. It was simple to install with the interface kit recommended by Crutchfield and works seamlessly with the existing features of our vehicle. We're especially happy with the remote start, which works for plenty of distance. We'll have our car warming/cooling while still in the Mall or grocery store. Exactly as advertised, and slick looking key fobs.

Pros: Easy to use. Works from long distances. Remote start works great. Nice looking key fobs. Good price point.

Cons: Tricky to install in 2011 Chevrolet Traverse without careful planning as interface kits work better/easier with other brands.


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Keyless Entry Features
Remote Start Features

Keyless Entry Features

Overview: The Code-Alarm CA5153SST, 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 CA5153SST comes with two sturdy, extra-long-range metal remotes.

Remotes: The CA5153SST comes with two 1-way, 4-button remote transmitters (CATXMSS). The remotes have sturdy metal bezels, and operate at 900 MHz to give you a 1-mile range. The 1-way remotes contain four buttons for lock, unlock, vehicle locator/panic mode, and remote start. Requires one CR2032 battery (installed). Additional remotes (up to a total of 4) can be programmed to operate the remote start/keyless entry system.

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 CA5153SST 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 CA5153SST 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 CA5153SST'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 CA5153SST security system. Additional CATXMSS 1-way 4-button remotes can be purchased and programmed to operate your system.

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Thanks for your question Jon. For information on compatibility with equipment you already own, please contact an Advisor. They can help determine if this is compatible, and if it is not help find something that may be compatible. [ Jeff  Dec 13, 2013 ]  Staff