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Auto-Lock disable / enable keyless while running

This hack lets you de-activate automatic locking doors, and allows you to use your keyless entry to lock and unlock your car while it's warming up and running on cold winter days...or anytime, for that matter

Time Required:
10-30 minutes

Tools Needed:

  • Wire Cutters
  • Electrical Tape
  • (All of the below are optional)
  • Extra 18GA or larger wire
  • Solder
  • Soldering Iron
  • Submini toggle switch from radio shack
  • Drill and Drill Bit of same diameter as above switch


    1) Open the glove box all the way for under-dash access as outlined in this hack
    2) Find the centra locking module. It's a black box strapped to the back of the big silver PCM canister on the passenger side wall behind the glove box.
    3) Locate the Green wire with a white stripe on it. Cut it with wire cutters. You may tape the ends of the wires up, and close the glove box if you want. Optionally, you may install some extra wire and a switch (highly recommended)

    Installing the switch:
    1) Solder wire to the ends of the green/white wire you cut.
    2) Solder the other ends of the wires up to the toggle switch from radio shack
    3) Drill a hole where you can mount the switch. I chose to drill the hole in the upper back wall of the glove box, so that I can open the glove box and flip the switch easily.
    4) Mount the switch in the hole you drilled
    5) Close the glove box and flip the switch to the OFF (Open Circuit) Position.

    When the swith is "OFF" or the wires are cut and not connected to any switch, this hack is active:

  • You will not have the automatic locking doors anymore.
  • You will be able to use the keyless remote while the car is running. This includes the panic and trunk/hatch release buttons.
  • You will be able to use the dash-mounted trunk/hatch release button while the car is running and the doors are not locked, even if the car is moving.
  • You will NOT be able to program any additional keyless entry remotes.

    When the switch is "ON", the car will act like normal.

    Care should be taken to make sure the trunk or hatch are not opened while driving. Even partially open (halfway latched but not sealed), they allow carbon monoxide into the car, which may or may not be accompanied by the normal exhaust smell. Also, contents of the trunk area may be lost, damaged, or cause accidents on roadways.

    Thanks to Muzz on the forums for info on which wire is the ignition-on lockout to the CLM.

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