Disable Ignition Cut-off

My wife's 1998 Honda Accord has a security device installed that cuts off the ignition switch after about 30 seonds of shutting off the engine. The
button on the remote must be pressed to enable ignition again and also unlocks the doors if they were locked. This feature has been a terrible pain and now one of the remotes is not working. Transmit light comes on, but does not reset the system.
The remote does not match the one shown in the owners manual for the car, so I am not sure if it is a Honda system or not and I don't have any further documentation.
Does anyone know if this system can be disabled?
Thanks, Dave Patnaude
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David Patnaude wrote:

Not easy to guess about this without knowing what type of alarm system it is. Usually the main unit is mounted somewhere in / under the dash. You can remove the lower dash cover under the steering wheel fairly easily. Usually a screw or two (often hidden behind the coin pocket) and a number of clips. Peek inside there and see if you can read a model number and a manufacturer on a box that looks like an alarm unit. You are likely looking for a box about 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", somewhere around 3/4" thick. Typically mounted with tie-wraps or other method that looks quite non-stock. While you are under there, look for the valet switch. You most likely will need it to reprogram the features you don't want.
When you say it cuts off the ignition switch, what exactly do you mean? Do you mean that you can not engage the starter, or do you mean that power to everything is off even if you turn the key to the "RUN" position?
Both the alarm unit and the remotes will have FCC ID numbers on them. If you poke around on http://www.fcc.gov , you'll find a place where you can look up the manufacturer if you know the FCC ID. This may or may not help, often the actual manufacturer is not the one whose name is printed on the box.
If you find the manufacturer and model of the alarm you can probably locate the manual for it on the web. http://www.dei.com/ is a good starting point, they make alarms under a variety of different names (Clifford, Viper, etc.).

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There is power through the Run position, but the starter will not engage until the unlock button is pressed on the remote.
My wife has been stuck by this feature a few times when the battery in the remote has become too weak to reset the system and no her remote is dead.
No valet switch was ever shown to us when we purchased the car, but I will check around under the dash panel.
The only ID easily known at the moment is on the remote: ATV.
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David Patnaude wrote:

That is a configurable option on most newer systems, so you should be able to turn it off once you get the instructions for the alarm system.

That is just classic. When I bough my '94 Civic the dealer put in a non-Honda alarm and neglected to tell me where the valet switch was. It took quite a bit of searching to find it, it was mounted to a flange on the steering column.

Did you find an FCC ID on the remote? If you are in the US, the remote will have an FCC ID number printed somewhere on the unit. I know Excalibur uses the ATV trade mark on some of their alarms, check http://www.caralarm.com/manuals.html and see if you can find a manual that looks like it would apply to your alarm system.

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I dug around under the dash tonight and the only identifier I could see on the unit was Model REC-9. A Google search and the manual page provided did not turn up anything for this model.
The Executive/Model One had the same remote shown in their manual, but the instructions for setting the options did not work with this model.
I tried to trace the wires from the valet position of the unit, but they just went into a taped mass of wires and I didn't feeling like pulling it all apart tonight.
Oh well.
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