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Python Car-Alarm Troubleshooting

by Patrick Nelson

Python is one of the Directed Electronics brands for vehicular security applications. Other brands include Hornet, Viper and Clifford. System functions include options such as Remote Start, Remote Start with Security or Security. The latter is often labeled a car alarm. Shock-guards, six-tone sirens and remote controls are all featured. Problems with a Python include operation, interpreting the trouble chirps and false alarms.

Step 1

Change the battery if the remote control's buttons don't work the system. Two long beeps -- five seconds after you press a button -- usually indicate low batteries. Open the back of the remote and replace the battery or batteries.

Step 2

Listen for the chirps that identify specific issues. Four chirps when disarming indicate the system has been tampered with. Inspect the vehicle for evidence of a break-in attempt. Five chirps indicate the system went off so many times that a nuisance circuit was triggered. Check for nearby construction, or other anomalies. Don't arm the Python on a ferry or vibration-causing surface.

Step 3

Turn the ignition key -- and start the engine -- to reset the nuisance-prevention circuitry. Relocate the vehicle if necessary.

Press the correct button on the remote control if the Python car alarm doesn't function correctly. The closed-hasp padlock icon controls the locking, arming and panic functions. The unlocked icon controls unlocking, disarming and panic-off functions.

Items you will need

  • AAA Battery, 1.5V
  • 2 CR2016 batteries, 3V

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