How to Remove a GPS Disabler From a Vehicle.

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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

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

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

*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.

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

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

Step 6: Why?

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.

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168 Comments

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Heart
Heart

Question 4 weeks ago on Introduction

I have removed the tracker in my car but it's still not starting

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zachries4
zachries4

Question 5 months ago on Introduction

Yes I need to know what happens if you did not remove the battery cable if it will affect it in any way after uninstalling the tracker and relay

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LyndaW23
LyndaW23

Answer 4 weeks ago

DID ANYTHING HAPPEN?

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Rhon11771
Rhon11771

Question 7 months ago

My son's truck blew up and he purchased a truck that had been disabled for the engine. He's switched the engines out and it will not start. Could this be because the engine had previously been disabled?

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Rhon11771
Rhon11771

Question 7 months ago on Introduction

My son's truck blew up and he purchased a truck that had been disabled for the engine. He's switched the engines out and it will not start. Could this be because the engine had previously been disabled?

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awsmeBaby
awsmeBaby

9 months ago on Step 6

I have a 2012 Ford Fiesta SEL, will this work for my vehicle also? Did not know there was a tracker and looking through papers to see if it’s anything in the fine print, got my car from Automania

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wyn70328
wyn70328

9 months ago

I want take off audi q5 2021 . How can i take off? How can tech me today pleAse

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tate513
tate513

2 years ago

My wife purchased a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. She was 3 days late on her payment and they disabled the car remotely. In the contract it states that only if she is 11 days late can they disable the vehicle. We made the payment and they enabled the switch but now our jeeps sentry key remote module isn't recognizing our key to the jeep. Had to pay $265 for a lock smith to come reprogram our key. I have tried finding this gps switch under the dashboard and steering column and can't find it anywhere. Is there anywhere else they can be hidden?

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138BoogieDowm
138BoogieDowm

Reply 1 year ago

Try looking under the left fender well going ta have 2 take the plaste off ta get where it should b if its not under the dash. Mite try looking again under dash they luv ta make ya hunt lmao

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gddavis2454
gddavis2454

7 years ago

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?

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138BoogieDowm
138BoogieDowm

Reply 1 year ago

Here i did the work for ya by sending a pic this a 2015 VW Passat not tellin ya u should or shouldnt disable but now ya know where ta look..

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GpsRemovalServices
GpsRemovalServices

Reply 7 years ago

Yes.. We have techs nationwide

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Moeadams0079
Moeadams0079

Reply 4 years ago

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

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BrandiH26
BrandiH26

Reply 5 years ago

Got any techs in Denver?

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JuanH63
JuanH63

Reply 5 years ago

Are you in orlando

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JoacquinR
JoacquinR

Reply 6 years ago

Do you have near Beaumont Texas or Lake Charles Louisiana?

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endstalking
endstalking

Reply 6 years ago

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

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CharlesC112
CharlesC112

Reply 6 years ago

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

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fouadzanana
fouadzanana

1 year ago

Hola a todos, gracias por estos comentarios.
Resumo muy rápido mi historia...
Compre un BMW serie 1 a una persona y 2 dias después fue a la policía a declarar que le robaron el coche y 1 semana mas tarde el coche ya no arranca ni nada. Lo llevé a la casa de BMW me dijieron que mi coche comprafo tenia un rastreador con GPS que impide el arranque a distancia. Bmw no se quería hacercar al dispositivo (solo me ubicó donde estaba)
A dia de hoy no conozco nadie que me lo pueda desactibar o desinstalar.
Gracias por vuestras respuestas.