Introduction: How to Remove a GPS Disabler From a Vehicle.

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This instructable will show how to remove a GPS Disabler from your vehicle.

Warning: If your car is under lien, the lienholder may flip out when you disable the GPS.  That is their protection to make you pay your bills or take your car if you default.

I used:
Screw drivers to remove the trim under dash.
pliers/wire cuters
wire connectors

Step 1: Locate Device

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We were notified when we signed the contract that there was a device present somewhere on the car.  They said it was hidden and we would never find it.
I located the device using several key facts:
The device needs a clear shot to the sky to receive the GPS signal.
The device needs clear shot to receive and broadcast its status signal (through GSM)
The device works by interrupting the starter signal. (Therefor located near the ignition)
Humans are lazy and complacent.

Gain access to the underside of your dash and look for anything out of place.  Look for new wiring, new electrical tape, wires that are "thicker" than thin stock wires" and wires that go off to the roof of the car.  You are looking for a plastic device thats about the size of a deck of cards with two wires running into the ignition wires.
Don't be afraid to remove electrical tape and zip ties, but be careful not to break or cut the thin wires that belong to your car.

Step 2: Locate All Components

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Mine had 5 wires.
One wire was the GPS antenna or (eye) that needed a clear shot to the sky. I followed the wire to the top of the car and removed the top plastic trim around door.
One wire was the GSM antenna. It was located next to the eye.
One wire connected to the red wire on the ignition to provide power to the device (there is a battery in the device itself)
One wire to vehicle ground.
The two relay wires that wired into the black wire to the ignition.  When the device is "activated" the relay breaks contact with the black wire on your ignition key switch and your car wont start or turn over.

Step 3: Remove Components

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*Warning* remove the negative cable off your car battery.  This device will broadcast that the vehicle has no battery power.  It has a tiny rechargeable battery that will last approx 3 days.

Easy way to remove the components is to disconnect the antennas at the receiver and pull the eye or antenna part.
I did it the hard way at first and kept it connected and the eye part got stuck trying to fit itself through the tiny gaps in the frame.

Step 4: Fix Your Ignition.

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Now that you have the device removed reconnect your ignition wires.
The black wires should be connected together.
The guy who installed the device damaged the red wire and i chose to remove the damage section and reconnect it.

Reconnect the battery terminal. While everything is still open start your car.  If you did everything right it should start right up.

Step 5: Re Assemble Your Car

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Put the plastic trim pieces back together and carry the Medusa inside your house to show your wife.

Step 6: Why?

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Why I did this.
My wife purchased this vehicle from one of them "no credit no problem" car lots.  In the industry they are called "Buy here pay here" places.
We have had the car shut off a couple times when we were in-between blessings.  They promised us once we made the final payment that they would give us web access to the car so that in the event it is stolen then we could disable it ourselves and see where its at. They never did so there was no incentive to keeping it in the vehicle.

Here is a picture of the inside of the device.
There is a GSM module w/SIM card to connect to cellphone towers.
A rechargeable battery pack to power the device when the battery is removed from car.
Relay to control power to the ignition.
AT MEGA chips
GPS module.
Judging by the traces it looks like it hooks up via USB but i'm no expert or anything.
The system can be bypassed by jumping a wire to the two blue wires.

Comments

Troublemaker2316 (author)2017-08-09

Can anybody tell me how to take the factory tracking device out of nissan sentra 2017

gddavis2454 (author)2015-04-01

I have a 2006 VW Toureg, the dealership installed the device when I bought it. Some guy named Junior, came and installed it on the lot. It took him over an hour to install. Does anyone know how to remove this thing?

Yes.. We have techs nationwide

may I have your contact information. I'm in NYC and need a tech to remove mine on a VW passat

Got any techs in Denver?

Are you in orlando

Do you have near Beaumont Texas or Lake Charles Louisiana?

where is a tech capable of finding and removing one in new jersey?

CharlesC112 (author)endstalking2016-03-25

most are under the dash. drivers side. they use the wires there

Idominelikethos (author)2017-06-29

I have a 2006 bmw 530i how do i remove the tracker or location them??

AllenR37 (author)2017-06-26

So, I just pulled one of these from a car I paid off years ago. Now when I kill the ignition and remove the key, the car keeps running. I replaced the ignition switch thinking maybe I damaged it while working on the vehicle, but there's no improvement. I can't figure out where the problem is. Any suggestions?

DustinF28 (author)2017-05-22

I have one of these in my car and when I first bought it the headlight, tail(brake) light and the fog light didn't work on the driver side. I jumped power from the passenger side to the driver side to get them to work for law reasons. Could improper installation of this gps killswitch have been the cause of my power issue?

thematthatter (author)DustinF282017-05-28

Possible. I had a rental truck company install a brake light controller for a hitch that ended up popping tail lights cause of bad ground and worn wires.

RuthB76 (author)thematthatter2017-06-06

How illegal is it to remove on lol

RuthB76 (author)2017-06-05

How would i find one on a 2013 dodge caravan. Its just the tracker. We did notice that there is wiring hanging loose by the brake pedal.

kristens67 (author)2017-05-29

How did you remove the lower dash? Please explain in details.

MichelleB321 (author)2017-02-11

Will lien holder shut my car off while I'm driving it? That scares me..

it wont cut off power to the car while its running. It blocks the ignition from starting.

ManuelP87 (author)2017-02-15

I'm amazed how people get angry with dealerships for doing what THEY WERE TOLD IT WOULD HAPPEN if they failed to pay. I agree, problems happen and any reasonable dealer will give you a grace period or a partial payment if you had an unexpected situation and have proof of it (let's say you got sick and worked less hours) but it's entirely up to the dealer if they do you the favor or not, remember, you signed a contract and you assumed a responsability, period. Try calling your credit card or your local electricity company and tell them "hey I don't have the money right now, can you wait a couple of weeks and not charge me any late fees?" They'll laugh at your face. I'm fascinated as how people say "I'm broke" while 99.9% of the time they have a big a$$ led tv and an iPhone 6, you're not broke, you're a spender. Believe me, if I had a dollar for every time I hear the "I'm a single mom/ disabled/ minority so you need to help me" story I would have payed off my current car. People, it's simple math, don't buy what you can't afford, easy as that. You can't afford a newer car? Buy a $1500 beater that will take you from point A to point, find a local shop to get it serviced for cheap, and by local I mean local, not the local Jiffy Lube and you won't own any money for that car.

chevyhater2016 (author)2016-12-27

Anyone know where this device is on a 08 equinox and is it illegal to remove in Michigan?

crash138 (author)2016-12-15

couldnt you just pull the SIM card? wouldnt keep it from transmitting and receiving?

aysa1571 (author)2016-11-06

So I found my passtine device behind the steering column, pushed very far into the steering column. Anyway, I cut the blue and purple wires leading to the device, leaving the red, black, and pink wires alone. After cutting the blue and purple wires, tried to start my car and it would not start. So I connected the blue and purple wires together and my car started. Now the device still blinks, which means it's still activated but it will not stop my car from starting. I don't know if they can still track it, since I just bypassed the system. Does anyone know if they can?

BrandiH26 (author)2016-09-20

Can someone please tell me how to get to the GPS tracker on my 2014 Dodge Challenger? My ex is friends with the guy that sold me the car and now he knows my every move.

Stongcomfort2345tango made it! (author)2016-09-18

Hey mister judgemental prick!! You obviously havent lived long enough to understand that life happens... it is constant and ever changing and fluxuates no matter what our circumstances may be or how many chances life gives us... no one can predict the future!!we live in a society that is permeated with crooks, thieves and oppression at the highest levels!! But yet the misgivings of these educated derilects are swept under the rug and soon forgotten... have you ever thought about them before you made your malicious comments!! Pull the rafter out of your own eye before trying to extract it out of someone else!!! Are you getting my point now? If life were peak to peak for all of us, we would be perfect!! None of us can save our fellow man but only try to encourage! You obviously believe strongly in this oppresive crooked system that allows the high and mighty to take advantage of others who either lacked the oppurtunity, didnt have the encougement needed to succeed or just plainly didnt know because of lack of knowledge!!! You believe in the same crooked system that these car dealers helped make, that is why you feel the way they do!! Even when its done all right people are still taken advantage of!! This happens all the time. i do encouge honest but the system and the people who made it, including you ... is broken in the worst way... and for you to support such a system that is in such disrepair is an abomination!! Its all about the dollar no matter what, even if it means hurting or subjugating other people!! RIGHT!!!people are not like the puppies in your pictures where you can sell them no matter what... Yet your comments support that statement...we all have to be understanding that life can change for us at any moment, place and time. Lets make allowances for those moments, then and only then can we be encouraging, positive and help others to succeed... after all we all have to eat and get to work!!

KimberlyC97 (author)2016-08-27

I bought my vehicle, agreed to the terms when the vehicle is paid off then I can take it back to the dealership and have it removed. Guess what? The dealership filed bankruptcy and closed the doors to 3 stores. I had no way to have it removed once it was paid off. Now here is the kicker! I paid the vehicle off 2 months ago. Left work and my vehicle wouldn't start. Checked the battery, tried to have someone jump it...NOTHING! Called a tow truck and he suggested calling the finance company I went through. So I did. There records show I still owe on it even though they mailed me a copy of my payoff statement. They refuse to turn the vehicle back on until I send them a copy of what they originally sent me and they investigate the situation. Day 3 and I am still without my vehicle!

Lesduff (author)2016-07-01

Best advice, buy a $1,00.00 beater to get you where you need to go, stop trying to inpress, impress with yor skills!

dav4276 (author)2016-04-11

There is one flaw though, it will keep your GPS and cell phones from working at the same time, that's how you know it's working.

thematthatter (author)dav42762016-04-12

You do realize that that is highly illegal and that not only could you face severe fines you can also face jail time for operating a jammer device in the US.

https://www.fcc.gov/general/jammer-enforcement

GaryH8 (author)thematthatter2016-06-16

Most folks who that do this don't care about the FCC or the current Federal Goverment entities and Administration.

thematthatter (author)GaryH82016-06-16

they do when faced with jail time and fines

SamV27 (author)2016-01-15

Do not tamper with this device!! On some vehicles it may disrupt other electricals in the vehicle rendering it unstartable after removal or disconnection. Some newer devices have a battery backup in them should the vehicle's battery need replacement and will keep broadcasting, but they will also send a signal indicating disconnection from its main power source, the vehicle's battery, or tampering should such an event occur. This device is not only in the vehicle to protect the lienholder, but to disable and locate the vehicle if it is stolen. If the vehicle is paid for, feel free, but if the vehicle is under lien don't screw with it.

CharlesC112 (author)SamV272016-03-25

take the device out of your car, get a 12 volt power supply and take the gps and the power supply anywhere other than where you live and wire it back up to the power supply and bam gps working but not where you are lol.

DickP7 (author)CharlesC1122016-05-23

Remove it from your car and install it on your bicycle. Ride it around once in a while, and then keep it in your house. Keep the car inside the garage when not using it. They can't come into your garage in Florida.

Illiest (author)2016-05-22

03 gmc sierra 1500????

Howcome33 (author)2016-05-08

Got a pontiac g6 gt need to now how or were to disconect dealer gps and kill switch

ChristineW70 (author)Howcome332016-05-17

Up above the break pedal under the dashboard

FredyC6 (author)2016-05-10

Got a infinity g35s where could they have put it

mommyvelez (author)2016-04-15

Once its disconnected from my car and my car starts can the leinholder still locate my car even though its disconnected?? And also will they be notified its been disconnected??

MelB22 (author)mommyvelez2016-04-19

Mine was accidently disconnected by a mechanic changing the battery. (VW by the way). Within an hour I was being called by the finance company to say that "there is an issue with the car and you need to take car into an authorized dealer". It took about 20 minutes before I could get out of them the truth. I told them, no I was not taking car into an authorized dealer as I could not afford any repairs there and saw nothing wrong with the car, that I have my own local mechanic I use. Finally he told me that the tracking device had somehow become disengaged and I would need to take it to a dealer to have it re installed, at their cost. So...yes, they will know...quickly as well.

Also, it is in my contract that I have to have the tracking device for the life of the loan and that I cannot tamper with it...read your small print, it is probably there.

MelB22 (author)mommyvelez2016-04-19

Mine was accidently disconnected by a mechanic changing the battery. (VW by the way). Within an hour I was being called by the finance company to say that "there is an issue with the car and you need to take car into an authorized dealer". It took about 20 minutes before I could get out of them the truth. I told them, no I was not taking car into an authorized dealer as I could not afford any repairs there and saw nothing wrong with the car, that I have my own local mechanic I use. Finally he told me that the tracking device had somehow become disengaged and I would need to take it to a dealer to have it re installed, at their cost. So...yes, they will know...quickly as well.

Also, it is in my contract that I have to have the tracking device for the life of the loan and that I cannot tamper with it...read your small print, it is probably there.

mommyvelez (author)2016-04-15

Once its disconnected from my car and my car starts can the leinholder still locate my car even though its disconnected?? And also will they be notified its been disconnected??

MarkBowman (author)2016-03-28

I have removed mine and trashed it car runs fine without it

mommyvelez (author)MarkBowman 2016-04-15

Mine is disabled i want to disconnect it so i can get to work just curious if its against the law to disconnect it in oklahoma

mommyvelez (author)2016-04-15

Is it against the law un oklahoma to disconnect or remove a passtime gps tracker on a vehicle??

dav4276 (author)2016-04-11

If you know you're going to be behind this plug the jammer in and keep it away from your address until you can pay it. Be smarter than what you're working with people

dav4276 (author)2016-04-11

If you know you're going to be behind this plug the jammer in and keep it away from your address until you can pay it. Be smarter than what you're working with people

dav4276 (author)2016-04-11

You can get a jammer for less than forty bucks and plugs right into the cigarette lighter it only works when you plug it in and you don't have to remove anything

MIRANDA91 (author)2016-04-11

I found mine but its just a gps tracker they dont cut the car off it has a black and red wire going up into my steering wheel can i cut those,

KatelynL3 (author)2016-03-28

would putting foil around it all stop the signal.....by the way its not illegal to remove it so its only a scare tactic. They can only repo the car and nothing else. Not a criminal offense. So its really easy to find and once removed the car starts up.

thematthatter (author)KatelynL32016-04-02

no putting foil around it will not block it as it has two antennas one for the antenna and the other for the GSM.

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