Finding Model Information for Your Add-On Car Alarm or Remote Start System

Many people call us because they need a new remote transmitter for their add-on car alarm or remote start system but do not know which one to buy. In order to be certain you are buying the correct part, you should know the brand and model information of the system in your vehicle OR information from an original key fob that worked with the system. Often, remote information may not be available because printed or embossed information is too worn to read or a label has come off entirely. So system model information is always the failsafe method for specifying the correct remote.

If you do not have the original manual or purchase information for the car alarm or remote start system in your vehicle, you will likely need to locate the control module (receiver or “brain”) for your system. This component is a small (approximately 4″x3″x1″) box-like device. Most installers tuck it up under the dash board on the driver’s side of the vehicle, often securing it with twist or zip ties. It has several wired leading from it to the various other components of the system. Often, the easiest way to find it is to follow a wire from the shut-off (valet) switch or LED indicator light. The model information is usually printed or embossed somewhere on this control module.

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Remote Start 1-button Key Fobs for Add-on Systems Made By Audiovox

“Remote Start” is a very popular aftermarket feature, particularly in areas with extremely cold winters or hot summers. So popular that many add-on systems perform only that single function using a 1-button remote transmitter. The largest marketers of these systems have been Audiovox, through its Prestige and Pursuit brands, and Code Alarm, through the systems it makes for many car manufacturers and also for systems sold under its own brand.

Audiovox 1-button remote key fobs have had many different styles over the years. They are not all interchangeable. Often, the brand (Prestige or Pursuit) does not matter with respect to interchangeability. But the FCC ID does matter.

Audiovox 1-button transmitters have been made and sold with FCC IDs ELVATCC, ELVATFE, ELVATGA, ELVATIE, ELVATJB, ELVATJG, ELVATND, ELVATNG and H5OT45. Replacement key fobs are available for all of these 1-button remotes through the Remotes Unlimited website. Simply use search method 4 and enter the FCC ID that appears on the back of the remote that you are replacing. Or . . . you can always call us for assistance.

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FCC IDs That Aren’t! . . . M3M-40821302

Automotive remote transmitters – including key fobs, remote-head keys, flip keys and proximity (PEPS or “smart”) keys – are required by law to be certified with the FCC and to have the FCC ID marked on the outside of consumer products. This is for consumer protection – so that you can know that the product’s transmission characteristics have been tested, that the product transmits reliably and safely, and so that you can file a report if you experience an interference problem caused by the product.

However, in the automotive electronics world, products frequently do not comply with FCC requirements. This is possible because (1) FCC compliance is not an easy thing to police and (2) the FCC’s enforcement capability has been basically eliminated by successive rounds of budget cutting at the hands of legislators who favor business over the consumer and tax cuts over regulatory protection. I will let you guess with which party most of those legislators are affiliated.

Failure to comply with FCC requirements can take many forms. Some products are neither tested nor labelled. Others may be properly tested and certified, but are not properly labeled. And still others may or may not be tested, but are labeled with an invalid FCC ID. We know that the FCC has some awareness of the existence and nature of violations and chosen not to pursue enforcement. We do not know why that is. When the FCC does choose to act, it may be purely as a result of one business “reporting” another rather than because of a consumer complaint or through the FCC’s own compliance efforts. Of course, in these situations, the FCC may be serving the interests of one company versus another more than they are really serving the consumer. So, not only is regulation sometimes toothless, it can also be used to serve private gain rather than public service. Such is the absurd regulatory world in which we now live. Of course, automotive remotes are not medical devices or Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, but the forces shaping the outcomes are the same.

Having been in the automotive remote business for more than 20 years, we are aware of dozens of invalid FCC IDs shown on automotive remote transmitter cases. And there may be even more situations where no FCC ID label appears on a transmitter or it would be nearly impossible for a consumer to read. You might think it is mostly unscrupulous off-shore manufacturers who fail to comply with FCC requirements. While those suppliers certainly are a problem, you may be surprised to know that Chrysler, Ford, GM and most other automakers have also used and sold products that fail to comply. So do major add-on system manufacturers responsible for brands you know.

Three examples are Chrysler parts 68155686AA, 68155687AB and 68394195AA. These three “tombstone” style smart keys used on recent model vehicles. All are labeled with FCC ID M3M-40821302. There is no listing of FCC ID M3M-40821302 on the FCC’s public information website. The first three or five characters of an FCC ID are the grantee. The grantee identification for “M3M” is a UK company that certified one device in the 1990s and is not active in the automotive transmitter industry. One might argue that the labeling of these products violates FCC requirements, in addition to the fact that the FCC ID shown on the label is not a valid one. This is because the average consumer will never find the FCC ID on these products because of its size (very small) and location (under the emergency key insert). Our staff often needs work-table lighting and a magnifying glass to read the FCC IDs on Chrysler tombstone transmitters.

It seems unlikely that Chrysler is knowingly selling non-FCC-certified products. It is possible that M3M-40821302 was printed on these parts by mistake. The FCC is one character different from a valid FCC ID number – M3N-40821302, for which the grantee is a large automotive component supplier, Continental Automotive Systems. Interestingly, though, while tombstone smart keys with FCC ID M3N-40821302 are basically interchangeable with each other, parts marked with FCC ID M3M-40821302 are not interchangeable with those others. So, maybe the invalid FCC label M3M-40821302 was not really a mistake after all.

One ironic effect of a situation like this is that now there are countless sellers of remotes who include the “FCC ID” M3M-40821302 as a search term for the Chrysler parts that are marked that way. We have a search for that FCC ID set up on our website because; otherwise, consumers might not find the remote they need. Almost any one of sellers who references M3M-40821302 would tell you that it is a valid FCC ID. Thus, by repetition on the Internet, fiction becomes truth. Can you think of any other circumstance in which this has happened?

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Ungo (Clarion) Car Alarm System Remote Transmitters

Remotes Unlimited recently received an inquiry from a customer needing to replace his Ungo transmitter SAA477U with FCC ID EZSDEI477T. Car alarm systems that use that 2-way transmitter also can use Ungo 1-way companion remote SAA474U with FCC ID EZSDEI474V. Unfortunately, Ungo went out of business years ago and remotes for their systems are no longer being manufactured. Remotes Unlimited is out of stock of both SAA477U and SAA474U. We do still have remaining stock for a few different Ungo remotes, but most Ungo transmitters are very hard to locate at this point.

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Replacing Hard-to-Find Autopage remotes with FCC ID H5OT21, H5OTR07AM, H5OTR13 or H5OTR29

Remotes Unlimited receives many calls these days requesting Autopage remotes. As many of you may know, Autopage went out of business a while back and now it is very difficult to find replacement transmitters for many of their most popular car alarm and remote start systems. Whenever we find new or used Autopage remotes for sale, we buy them. Still, it is a challenge to meet the needs of the marketplace.

Fortunately, Megatronix is marketing replacement remotes for some Autopage systems.

Autopage 2-way LCD transmitters with FCC ID H5OTR07AM – including Autopage remotes XT72LCD and XT-73LCD – can be replaced by RUI part number 079-7322. You can see and purchase it at the following link:
079-7322 Replacement for Autopage XT-72LCD and XT-73LCD

Autopage 2-way LCD transmitters with FCC ID H5OTR13 or FCC ID H5OTR29 – Autopage remotes XT42LCD and XT-43LCD, respectively – can be replaced by RUI part number 079-7321. You can see and purchase it at the following link:
Replacement for Autopage XT-42LCD and XT-43LCD

The very popular Autopage 1-way key fobs with FCC ID H50T21 – Autopage remotes XT-33 and XT-72s – are replaced by the Alert-branded remote 079-7291, which can be found at the following link: Replacement for Autopage remotes with FCC ID H5OT21

Free programming instructions and phone technical support are included with purchase of any of these remotes.

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Replacement Remote Transmitter for Cool Start RS-1303.DP.II Car Alarm System from Crimestopper

A reader wrote to ask us if we have a replacement key fob for her Crimestopper aftermarket car alarm system. We responded:

Your Cool Start RS-1303.DP.II system originally used Remotes Unlimited part number 964-1964. That part is no longer made but our part number 071-6497 will work as a replacement for it. You can see both parts and buy 071-6497 at the following link:
Part 964-1964 with 071-6497 replacement

The price is $49.00 plus shipping. Instructions for programming your RS-1303.DP.II system to accept the new part are included along with free phone technical support to help with this process if you need it. We also offer free ground shipping if you buy two remotes.

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Replacement Cases Now Available for Common Remote Transmitters

Remotes Unlimited now offers replacement cases (shells) with button pads for many common remote transmitters. To find a replacement case, simply search as you would for a key fob and the replacement remote shell, if offered, will be listed as a substitute part below the transmitter. For an example, see this link for a replacement remote for a 3-button Chrysler/Dodge Fobik with FCC ID IYZ-C01C:
3-button Dodge IYZ-C01C Fobik

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Replacement Remote Key Fob for 1999 Nissan Pathfinder

We recently were asked about a replacement remote for a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder. This vehicle used two different factory keyless entry systems. The remotes for these systems are not interchangeable. Some Pathfinders used our remote 861-1861 with FCC ID KBRASTU09. The other used our transmitter 525-1525 with FCC ID KOBUTA3T.

If you have an original remote that worked with the vehicle, you can choose the part that matches the FCC ID on your original remote. If not, I suggest you call us and provide your VIN so we can determine which transmitter you need. You can reach tech support by contacting 281-820-0300 and choosing option 3.

Both of these factory keyless entry systems can be programmed by a user to accept a new keyfob. Programming instructions and free phone tech support are included with purchase.

Please note that we have B-grade remotes (previously owned) transmitters available for both of these key fobs at much lower prices than the new parts. They do not show on our website, so you will need to call us if you want to buy a B-grade remote.

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1997-2000 Chevy Corvette Replacement Remote Control

The original factory keyless entry remote used on 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 model-year Corvettes is a 4-button remote with FCC ID ABO0216T. However, this part was discontinued by GM years ago. It is Remotes Unlimited part number 129-1129. We sell a newer replacement transmitter from GM for $119.00 that has a different FCC ID but will work for the original key fob. That is our part number 088-6240. The only functional difference is that the newer remote does not have a “PASSIVE” switch on the back.

You can see both parts at the following link:
1998 Chevy Corvette Remote Key Fob

The factory keyless entry system in 1997-2000 Corvettes is user programmable for adding a new remote. Programming instructions and free phone tech support are provided with purchase.

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CompuStar 1-button remote start transmitters with FCC ID VA5JR760AM433

CompuStar has marketed many add-on remote start systems that use a 1-button remote transmitter with FCC ID VA5JR760AM433. There are many styles and part numbers associated with these key fobs. They were used on systems marketed under the CompuStar, Arctic Start, FTX and NuStart brands.

The best way to make sure you buy the correct replacement remote for your system is to match the part number from the sticker on the back of your old remote. These part numbers include 1BR-AM, 1BAMR, 1BR-SH, 1WR1R-AM, and variants of these that put an abbreviation of the system brand in front of these basic identifiers – such as AR1WR1R-AM for the Arctic Start branded version of the 1WR1R-AM remote.

You can see most of these parts by searching the Remotes Unlimited website using the FCC ID number. Or simply go to the following link:
CompuStar remotes with FCC ID VA5JR760AM433

The systems that use these remotes are easily programmed to accept an additional remote. When you buy a remote from Remotes Unlimited, programming instructions and free phone tech support are included.

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