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Alarm system questions cannot be answered on this forum. These systems are not what I can answer. Without being physically at the vehicle and not knowing what kind of electrical service has been done on the vehicle, there is no possible way to give an accurate answer over the internet. My expertise is in Ignition/key based anti-theft systems. These issues include GM VATS (resistor chip in key blade) PASSLOCK (MRD)-ignition lock rotation based, no special ignition key and the PKIII Transponder (computer chip in key) systems. These systems are not alarm based and are integral with the starting of the engine. This is why I cannot diagnose alarm problems without physically looking at the vehicle: Alarm systems are a completely different annimal than ignition key/lock based anti-theft system. Many alarm questions come from vehicles 10 years old, and since older, many hands that had been involved over the years.I am an expert in all GM factory (ignition/key based)systems. Alarm system questions pose to many situations beyond my knowledge as to what has been done to the vehicle over the years. Some guy may have actually wired the stereo into the alarm system. Who knows? Over my past 30 years in vehicle wiring repair, I have seen unbelievable wiring disaters done by guys that consider themselves "mechanics." I have seen stereos and alarms intalled using surgical tape. I have seen modules burn up, un-fused circuits, wiring jambed between the doors and even lamp cord used for a starter kill. To answer alarm questions over the internet without examining the vehicle is like asking; What does it take to remove a dent?

Experience in the area

Education/Credentials-ASE certified. 11 years with a GM dealer and 17 years with a repair facility dealing with only the repair of theft recovered vehicles.

What do you like about this subject?

Although repair to ignition lock/key anti-theft systems can be frustrating on the diagnoses, once the problem is determined, its actually fun to look at what you went through.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Stay up to date with these systems.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

These systems are considered and reffered to as anti-theft, but they do not stop the theft of the vehicle. These systems are seperate from alarms.

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Recent Answers from Rob Painter

2017-04-22 Dash Warning Lights:

Hi, I hope you are doing well.  You are asking me a question I am not qualified to answer without being at the vehicle and having the ability to scan the computer electronically when it comes to these

2017-03-30 86 fleetwood:

Hello,    I apologize, but I need more information.  You state you changed the fuel center on digtal dash and that did not solve your problem. Then you satate the heater is no longer illuminated.  Did

2017-03-29 Re: 96 Deville:

Hello,    I am not looking at the car which puts me at a disadvantage. Sometimes, there will be seperation in the padded horn area. That may or may not be the issue.    I have run across bad air bag clock

2017-03-29 1996 deville:

Hi,    I would tell you to look at the pinch area inside the driver's door where the pillar meets the hinges.  It has been extremely common over the years to find broken wires inside the rubber boot. Disconnect

2017-03-11 overheat:

Hello,Your tech may be right on waterpump, but could be wrong too.  It does sound like a circulation issue, but there are many things in Cadillac cooling systems that can cause circulation issues.  I assume


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