A Ghost Immobiliser is one of the most full-proof after-market security solutions available today, but for those looking to upgrade their vehicle, and wanting to take their Ghost Immobiliser with them, what are their options?
In this blog, we will share with you how to remove a Ghost Immobiliser.
the keyless entry has become a common feature that criminals capitalise on by finding ways to ‘hack’ the mechanism and break into your car in as little as 20-30 seconds.
As contactless theft becomes an ever-growing threat to car safety, it’s understandable that many are looking into security solutions that prevent it, which is where Ghost 2 Immobilisers come into the picture.
What is a Ghost Immobiliser? What does it do?
The Ghost 2 Immobiliser is a security device that can be installed in your vehicle discreetly, (without causing any damage to the vehicle) which works by preventing your engine to start unless certain buttons within your car are pressed in a specific sequence. Similar to a password on your phone, but instead using the buttons in your car.
The Ghost 2 Immobiliser serves as a discreet method of security as the ‘password’ of buttons you press is only known to you, and if your car is ever broken into thieves will not be aware of the sequence needed to unlock your vehicle. As a result, thieves will not be able to start the car at all, deterring them further so they leave.
You can experience these benefits when investing in the ghost immobiliser.
- Adds a full prof extra layer of security
- Can not be detected, its location is only known to installers (and the owner if they choose to)
- Creates ease of access for the user whilst making it impossible for thieves to steal
- Help protect a vehicle you have invested a lot of money and time into
- Cloned keys are nullified
- Even if a thief gets into the car, the engine will not start without the required code etc
- There is no trace of instillation, meaning the aesthetics of your car in the interior and exterior will be unaffected.
- Ability to change your pin as much as you like
- If you have invested in personalising your vehicle, or own a very expensive or rare vehicle, this is the best investment to make to keep your vehicle safe at all times, so you don’t lose the time and money you invested into the vehicle.
How to Remove a Ghost Immobiliser
When it comes to how to remove a Ghost Immobiliser, we recommend you do not remove it yourself unless you installed it or have experience successfully doing this. The reason being, is that the system directly affects your engine, and any mishandling of removal may damage the engine.
If you have had a Ghost Immobiliser installed by use and would like it removed, or are looking for guidance for removal, don’t hesitate to contact us to see where we can help you.
There may be instances where you need to turn off your Ghost Immobiliser for services such as a valet or servicing. If this is your need then here is how to activate Service/Valet mode on your Ghost Immobiliser according to the AutoWatch website.
How to enter service / valet mode
- Disarm the system using your disarm sequence or mobile app
- Drive to, and park up at the dealership, airport, valeter’s etc and while the engine is still running, turn the app completely off then press your service button 5 times
- The indication lamp will flash back at you 5 times to confirm service / valet mode has been entered
How to exit service / valet mode manually
- Simply enter your normal disarm sequence (must have an ignition cycle since service mode was entered)
- There will be the normal disarm 2 flash confirmation
- The next time the ignition is switched off the Ghost will rearm as normal
How service / valet mode exits automatically
- Drive up to 31 mph (50 kph)
- Continue to drive (at any speed) for 15 minutes
- Once the time as elapsed there will be 2 flashes to indicate that service / valet mode has exited
Note 1: If you switch off the ignition before the 15 minutes time has elapsed the Ghost will stay in service / valet mode
Note 2: Should you not know what your service button is, contact autowatch or your installation company
Are Ghost Immobilisers Thatcham approved?
Ghost Immobilisers are not Thatcham approved, this is because the method that the Ghost Immobiliser works on does not have a banding category within the Thatcham mode of certification anymore, this is alongside vehicle trackers, as they are aftermarket security measures.
Despite this, since March 2020, The Autowatch Ghost Immobiliser is TASSA approved and recognised by some insurers.
TASSA stands for ‘Tracking and aftermarket security systems association’ a legally recognised body that deals with the certification of security & tracking devices installed after the purchase of a vehicle.
So even though Ghost Immobilisers don’t have Thatcham approval, you still do have the approval of TASSA, an established and trusted organisation in its own right.
Although there are Thatcham approved alternatives, TASSA verified Ghost-II systems include a special vehicle marking system used by insurance companies across Europe linked to the International Security Register. Giving an extra level of security to vehicle owners.
An after-market security alternative
The Pandora Alarm is a security system that protects your vehicle from wheel jacking, towing, hijacking and tampering. This is achieved by using not one but two immobilizers, which are electronic devices that stop the car’s engine from starting without the correct key or fob.
Pandora Alarms also have smart-device compatibility via the Pandora app, giving you full control of your system and an instant update of the current status of your car when you can’t physically see it, like if you parked on a street unfamiliar to you, or are far away from your vehicle, or even when you’re in bed.
Additional features of the Pandora Alarm
- Extra-strength immobilsation: The extra immobiliser with the Pandora alarm means an additional layer of security, which means thieves will be even more deterred from attempting to steal your vehicle.
- Next-gen encryption: Everything in the Pandora alarm uses 128bit encryption. This prevents code-grabbing or relay boosting, ensuring another comprehensive layer of security agains thieves.
- Phone notification: With the ability to customise notifications, you can be notified via call, text, or app alerts as soon as the system detected an incongruency in it’s environment.
- Control from afar: Through the app, you are able to start your car remotely, arm or disarm the alarm system and control your vehicle regardless of where you are. Presenting the future of premium security.
- Next generation smart sensors: The Pandora alarm systems come with dual shock, tilt, motion and internal sensors, which will protect your vehicle from wheel jacking, towing and general tampering. Using special algorithms with customisable sensitivity creates a unique sensor which can be adjusted to your needs, meaning your alarm won’t go off over the slightest of movements.
Whether you want your Pandora Alarm system instaaled by us, or if you want to buy one and install it yourself, we have you covered. To make an investment in the next generation of vehicle preservation, whilst securing your vehicle click here to get your quote, or click here to browse our stock of Pandora Alarm systems.
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