Confusion Regarding Code Alarm PT-6C and PT-7C Remote Key Fobs (Transmitters)

Prior to the acquisition by Voxx, Code Alarm did some very confusing things with respect to its alarm system remote transmitters. Code Alarm parts PT-6C and PT-7C are a case in point.

These 3-button (PT-6C) and 4-button (PT-7C) parts came in cases with a variety of different button styles. Some have words on the buttons, some have pictures (icons) for lock, unlock and panic. Some have red or blue buttons, others are all black. The cases also had a variety of FCC IDs embossed (or printed on a sticker) on the back. They include GOH-M41-014 or GOH-3BL98 on PT-6C, and ELVATKB, GOH-4BL98, GOH-FOUR or GOH-M51-016 on PT-7C. Note that GOH-3BL98 and GOH-4BL98 are not even valid FCC IDs according to the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology FCC search website.

All of this variation causes a great deal of confusion for consumers trying to make sure they are buying the correct part. Remotes Unlimited has over 20 years of experience selling replacement remote transmitters for Code Alarm and other aftermarket alarm systems and factory-installed keyless entry systems. So we can help you find the correct key fob for your vehicle.

By the way, Voxx lists both of these parts as obsolete but Remotes Unlimited still has replacement options in stock.

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Autopage XT-915LCD and XT-915s Remote Key Fob (Transmitter)

Remotes Unlimited receives frequent requests for replacement transmitters for AutoPage alarm systems that used the 2-way LCD remote XT-915LCD and the 1-way companion remote XT-915s. Here is one of our typical responses:

Thank you for contacting Remotes Unlimited.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Unfortunately, AutoPage left the alarm industry and did not produce a large enough supply of replacement transmitters before they did. We used to stock both the 2-way XT-915LCD transmitter and the 1-way companion remote (XT-915s). At this time, though, we have no new or pre-owned inventory of either part in stock. I wish we did; we would be able to sell a lot of them. Like you, we have turned over a lot of rocks trying to find some.

I would say, at this point, your best option may be to find a reasonably priced alarm shop that can put a whole new system in for you.

If you do further searching, I wish you good luck in finding a replacement. And, if you happen to find somebody who has a little cache of either part, please let us know and we will buy whichever ones you do not use.

It is hard for me to understand why companies leave an industry without providing for the long tail of replacement parts that would be needed. Not only is it unethical from the standpoint of customer service responsibility, it is a poor business decision. There nearly always are aftermarket service providers such as Remotes Unlimited who would gladly have purchased a large stock of replacement part inventory and provided awesome service to their customers, including warranty claims, long after they exited.

As we said to the hopeful alarm owner that contacted us, if anyone out there knows of a cache of these or other AutoPage transmitters, please let us know.

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Loss of Car Alarm System Programming When Car Battery Goes Dead

We recently received an inquiry from a customer whose ProStart car alarm remote transmitter no longer worked after jumping a dead car battery. Even more annoying, the car alarm sounded and would not turn off. This is a common issue with both car alarm and factory keyless entry systems. The control unit in the vehicle can lose memory of the key fobs synched with the system when there is no charge coming from the car battery. Remotes Unlimited can assist with this by helping to reprogram the car alarm system. To get this help, contact Remotes Unlimited during normal business hours and choose option 3 for technical support.

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Replacement Remote Key Fobs with FCC ID H5OT21 — Autopage Alert Guardian Marksman Silencer

Several marketers of add-on alarm and remote start systems sold products that used a remote transmitter with FCC ID H5OT21. These include Autopage, Code Alarm (Guardian) and Magnadyne (Alert, Marksman and Silencer). Many of these brands have gone out of existence, so it can be difficult to find a replacement remote key fob for these systems.

Remotes Unlimited stocks two 5-button remotes with FCC ID H5OT21. These key fobs will work as a replacement for H5OT21 transmitters originally sold with other brands, including Autopage’s transmitter parts XT-33 and XT-72s. If your system originally used a 2-button, 3-button or 4-button remote, the extra buttons on the replacement part will serve no function. If you are wondering what the center button (with “II” or a car image on it) does, it is a vehicle “shift” button. Some systems were made so that if you installed the same system on two vehicles, a single remote would operate both of them and the user pushed this shift button to switch operation from one vehicle to another.

One available replacement remote is Marksman part M5ARF or X7RF. It can be seen and purchased at the following link: Remotes Unlimited part 672-1672 (Marksman).

The other available transmitter is Alert part MT-75S. It can be seen and purchased at the following link: Remotes Unlimited part 079-7291 (Alert).

Remotes Unlimited also has a limited supply of pre-owned H5OT21 remote key fobs. These parts show signs of prior use, but cost much less than a new transmitter. We clean and test the parts and, if needed, install a new battery in these pre-owned parts. To inquire about a pre-owned remote, call our customer service staff at 877-719-1900 (toll-free) and then press “2” for sales. All add-on system remotes come with programming instructions and free phone technical support.

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Difference between OE and Aftermarket Remote Key Fobs

A website visitor contacted to ask what is the difference between our remote transmitters 512-1512 and 098-7397, and whether both would work for his 2004 Chevrolet Impala. This is a very good question. Often, there is more than one remote key fob that will work for a vehicle. In many cases, including this one, the difference is between the manufacturer of the remote. Here is our response to that customer:

Part 512-1512 (4-button GM fob with FCC ID KOBLEAR1XT for 2001-2005 sedans) has an OE (original equipment) circuit board. That means it is the same as the transmitter you would buy from a GM dealership.

Part 098-7397 (Remotes Unlimited fob with FCC ID 2AHZT-GCRK12 – replaces GM remote with FCC ID KOBLEAR1XT) is a transmitter that performs the same functions, but is made by an automotive aftermarket supplier.

There is no difference in the programming requirements or functionality of the parts.

Many people believe that an OE part is engineered to more demanding specifications and therefore will last longer than an aftermarket remote. I think that is generally true. But either of these parts should last many years under normal use. The systems that use this remote were only installed on GM sedans during the 2001-05 model years, so the components in the 16-20-year-old vehicle (and the vehicle itself) are much more likely to fail before a new replacement remote. You should buy whichever one seems like the best choice to you.

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Chevy GMC and Oldsmobile Keyless Entry Remote Key Fobs with FCC ID KOBUT1BT

GM used remote transmitters with FCC ID KOBUT1BT on trucks and SUVs for the years 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 on a variety of vehicles — including full-size, S10 and Sonoma pick-up trucks and Blazer, Jimmy and Bravada SUVs. The systems in all of these vehicles have on-board programming, meaning a consumer can program the system to accept a new transmitter without special tools.

Unfortunately, GM has discontinued distribution of these remotes, so they may be hard to find. Remotes Unlimited has a limited supply of new and refurbished OE transmitters in stock. However, we also offer an aftermarket replacement key fob that works for vehicles that originally used an OE transmitter with FCC ID KOBUT1BT. Links for these remotes are provided below:

For Chevy and GMC trucks that originally used a 3-button key fob, see RUI part 517-1517 at 3-button remote replacement for GM key fob with FCC ID KOBUT1BT
For Chevy, GMC and Olds SUVs that originally used a 4-button remote, see RUI part 516-1516 at 4-button remote replacement for GM SUV key fob with FCC ID KOBUT1BT

IMPORTANT NOTE: For the 2001 model year, GM trucks and SUVs changed keyless entry systems half-way through the year. If your vehicle was built after February 2001, you probably have a system that used a remote with FCC ID KOBLEAR1XT. Those remotes look like but are not interchangeable with KOBUT1BT transmitters. Call Remotes Unlimited toll-free at 877-719-1900 and choose option 2 to speak with a sales associate if you have any question about which remote you need.

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Kia part 95430-3E420 with FCC ID PLNBONTEC-T016

Kia recently announced the discontinuation of another remote transmitter. Kia part 95430-3E420 with FCC ID PLNBONTEC-T016 was used on 2004, 2005 and 2006 Kia Sorrento vehicles. (In 2006, this key fob was only used on vehicles with the old body style.) It is one of few Kia factory keyless entry remote transmitters that can be programmed by a consumer. See this remote at the following link: Kia part 95430-3E420 with FCC ID PLNBONTEC-T016

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Replacement Remote Key Fob Transmitter for 2004 Acura TSX

A customer was having trouble finding a replacement remote for her 2004 Acura TSX. Here is our response:

We have replacement transmitters in three different condition grades, priced accordingly. You can see all three choices at the following link: 2004 Acura TSX keyfob

Part 648-1648 that appears at the top of this linked page for $69.00 plus shipping is a “Re-Newed” part. That means it is a pre-owned original equipment circuit board that has been placed in a new replacement case. At the bottom of the page are options for an entirely new Acura part (647-1647) and for a pre-owned remote (668-1668). You can order online by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button for 648-1648, or for 647-1647 or 668-1668, by clicking on “Buy This Instead” and then on the “Add to Cart” button on the succeeding page. You can also call us during normal business hours on Monday if you would like to place an order by phone.

Any of these parts should work for your 2004 TSX factory keyless entry system. You will be able to program the system in your vehicle to add the new remote. Instructions for doing so are included with the part and we offer free phone technical support with purchase if you need any assistance.

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Compustar 5400 Module

We had an interesting blog query recently from a customer who wanted a one-way transmitter that would work with his Compustar 5400 module. The 5400 module is an add-on component that enables phone communications with a variety of Compustar alarm and remote start systems. It does not have remote transmitters of its own. The key fob needed for a system with the 5400 module would instead need to be matched to system control module and antenna.

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Replacing GM Remote Key Fob Transmitters with FCC ID KOBUT1BT

GM used a family of 3-button and 4-button keyless entry remote transmitters with FCC ID KOBUT1BT on many vehicles at the end of the 1990s and into the early 2000s. These key fobs have been discontinued by GM. However, Remotes Unlimited does have replacement options for these parts.

The most common of the parts was the 3-button remote used on Chevrolet and GMC trucks and SUVs. You can see and buy this part (098-7401) at the following link: 3-button replacement key fob for original FCC ID KOBUT1BT remotes

Some SUVs used a 4-button key fob with a rear window button. That part is 098-7400: 4-button replacement key fob for SUVs with original FCC ID KOBUT1BT remotes

Most sedans that used a KOBUT1BT part used a 4-button transmitter with a trunk button. Many of these vehicles had seat memory, so some of the original remotes had a seat memory fob number on the back. Seat-memory and non-seat-memory remotes are identical except for the number on the case. So, our part 098-7435 works for all of the sedans that originally had Lock, Unlock, Panic and Trunk buttons. You can see and buy this part at the following link: 4-button replacement key fob for original sedan remote with FCC ID KOBUT1BT

Please note that trucks and SUVs using these remotes can be self-programmed (by you) to accept a new remote. This is not true for all sedans though. Some are self-programmable and others require a scan tool for programming. If you have any questions about this, read the programming note on our website carefully or feel free to call us during normal business hours.

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