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Cat. No. 49-830

OWNER’S MANUAL

RS-3000Auto Security Alarm System

Please read this entire manual before you begin installation.

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RadioShack is a trademark used by Tandy Corporation.
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ã 1997 Tandy Corporation.

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FEATURES

Your RS-3000Auto Security Alarm System’s voice alert warns away potential thieves and alerts you to trouble in a clear, loud, male voice and shouts out a panic alert in a female voice. It also includes advanced features that help protect your vehicle from theft, yet you can install it in less than an hour. The two convenientkey-chaintransmitters lets you arm and disarm the system, sound a panic alert, or activate the car finder feature when you are away from your vehicle.

Your RS-3000includes these features.

Note: The following features marked with an asterisk (*) might qualify you for a discount on your vehicle insurance premium. Show your insurance agent the supplied certificate.

Talking Alarm with 120 dB Alert — advises you of the alarm’s status (armed or disarmed) and warns away potential thieves.

Piercing, 120 dB Siren — loud enough to be heard from hundreds of feet away.

Passive Arming — automatically arms the system after you exit the vehicle.

Starter Kill — prevents anyone from starting your vehicle when the system is armed.

Electronic Dual-StageShock Sensor— sounds a pre-alert warning the first time someone strikes your vehicle, then sounds the alert if it is hit again within 30 seconds.

Current Sensing System — triggers the alert when a door or trunk is opened and the vehicle’s dome or trunk light turns on, or when your vehicle is hot wired, by sensing the current draw.

Current Sensor Bypass — lets you turn off current sensing if other electronic devices in your vehicle (such as a high-power audio system or cellular phone) make your alarm sound false alerts.

Status Indicator — mounted in plain view, lets you easily determine the status of the alarm system (armed or disarmed) and warns away potential thieves.

High Theft Alert Mode — lets you set the alarm to announce that it is armed or to chirp every 30 seconds.

Two Easy-to-UseKey-ChainRemotes— let you easily control your alarm from a distance.

Car Finder — lets you make the alarm sound beeps to help you find your vehicle in a crowded parking lot.

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Instant Panic Alarm — calls out in a female voice to alert others nearby that you need assistance when you are in or near your vehicle.

Valet Mode — lets you easily prevent passive arming when the vehicle is being serviced, valet parked, or washed.

Programmable Options — lets you customize several of your alarm’s options.

Accessory Trigger Output — provides a negative trigger to activate (but not power) accessory sensors.

Violation Confirmation — beeps three times or says “I was tampered with!” when you disarm the system after the alarm has sounded, to let you know what happened while you were away from the vehicle.

Computer-ControlledFan Sensor

— can tell the difference between your vehicle’s dome or trunk light and an electric cooling fan (which can make other alarms sound a false alert) without using additional wiring.

Toll-Free Help — if you have any questions about or problems with your alarm system, just call:

1-800-598-2527

Your system requires one 9-voltalkaline battery to maintain operation if the main power lead is disconnected.

Warning: Your alarm system’s alerts are painfully loud. Take care during installation to keep your head away from the system once you connect power.

FCC INFORMATION

Your alarm system might cause TV or radio interference even when it is operating properly. To determine whether your system is causing the interference, move your vehicle out of the area. If the interference goes away, your alarm system was causing the interference. Try to eliminate the interference by:

Keeping your system away from the receiver

Contacting your local RadioShack store for help

If you cannot eliminate the interference, the FCC requires that you stop using your alarm system.

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CONTENTS

 

Installing the System .....................................................................................

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Supplied Items ...........................................................................................

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Installation Order .......................................................................................

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Connecting the Starter Disable Module .....................................................

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Connecting the System to Power ..............................................................

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Activating the Remote Controls .................................................................

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Installing the Backup Battery .....................................................................

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Mounting the System .................................................................................

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Installing the Status Indicator ..................................................................

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Using the Alarm System ...............................................................................

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Arming the Alarm ......................................................................................

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Temporarily Reducing the Shock Sensor’s Sensitivity .......................

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High Theft Alert ..................................................................................

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Sounding the Panic Alarm ........................................................................

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Alarm Violations .......................................................................................

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Disarming the System .............................................................................

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Using the Car Finder ...............................................................................

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Setting the System’s Options ..................................................................

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Setting the Shock Sensor’s Sensitivity ..............................................

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Setting the Current Sensor ...............................................................

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Setting the Valet Mode (Passive Arming/Disarming) ........................

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Troubleshooting ...........................................................................................

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Care and Maintenance .................................................................................

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Replacing the Fuse ..................................................................................

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Replacing a Remote Control’s Battery ....................................................

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Specifications ...............................................................................................

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INSTALLING THE SYSTEM

SUPPLIED ITEMS

Your alarm system includes the following items:

Two Four-ButtonRemotes

Main System

Mounting Screws

Starter Disable Relay

Wire Tap-InConnectors

Status Indicator with Bracket and Harness

Double-SidedTape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wire Ties

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INSTALLATION ORDER

You can install your system in just 6 easy steps:

1.Connect the starter disable module.

2.Connect the system to power.

3.Train the remote controls.

4.Install the backup battery.

5.Mount the system.

6.Install the status indicator.

We recommend you get a wiring diagram for your vehicle before you begin, so you can easily find your vehicle’s starter solenoid wire. Wiring diagrams are available from your vehicle’s dealer or from the Auto Security Helpline at 1-800-598-2527.

You also need a 12-volttest lamp or DC voltmeter and awire-piercingprobe adapter (such as RadioShack Cat. No.278-715)to ensure proper installation.

CONNECTING THE STARTER DISABLE MODULE

The starter disable module interrupts power to your vehicle’s starter solenoid so the vehicle does not start when the system is armed. Follow these steps to connect the module.

1.Using the starter solenoid’s colorcoded wires as a guide, locate the wire that goes from your vehicle’s ignition (key) switch to the solenoid. This wire is most easily found where the wires connect to the ignition switch near the steering column.

2.Connect the negative (usually black) lead from a 12-volttest lamp or DC voltmeter to a metal vehicle body part.

3.Connect the wire-piercingprobe to the positive lead and press the pin tip through the solenoid wire’s insulation and into the wire itself.

4.Start your vehicle. The test light should light or the meter should indicate voltage only while the engine is cranking (not while it is stopped or running).

If the test fails, repeat Steps 2–4using a different wire until you find the correct one.

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5.Turn off the engine. Then cut the wire you located in Steps 2–4at a point where there are several inches of wire on each side of the cut.

Note: After you cut this wire, you are unable to start your vehicle until you complete the installation.

6.Use one of the supplied yellow wire tap-insto connect the starter disable module’s white wire to the wire going to the solenoid.

To Starter

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Ignition

Solenoid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Switch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To the Starter Disable Module

7.Use the other yellow wire tap-into connect the starter disable module’s red wire to the wire going to the ignition switch.

8.Route the main system’s orange wire through an existing hole in the firewall, or drill a 1/4-inchhole in the firewall, taking care not to damage anything on the other side of the firewall. Then plug the starter disable module’s orange wire into the main system’s orange wire.

Note: If you drill a hole, use a rubber grommet to protect the wire from abrasion.

9.Use a wire tie to secure the starter disable module under the dashboard.

CONNECTING THE SYSTEM TO POWER

Warning: We recommend that you muffle the alarm’s speaker before you connect the system to power. The alarm is extremely loud.

Follow these steps to connect the system to power.

1.Connect the system’s red lead to your vehicle battery’s positive (+) terminal.

2.Connect the system’s black lead to a metal part of the vehicle’s body that is not insulated from the main chassis by a plastic part, or to the battery’s negative (–)terminal. The system says “Thank you!”

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ACTIVATING THE REMOTE CONTROLS

You must train the system to respond to the supplied remote controls.To activate both remote controls, immediately after applying power, press ARM TALK on one of the remotes. The system says “System Armed.” PressARM TALK again to disarm the system. The system says “System Disarmed.”

If the system loses power and the backup battery is dead or not installed, the system stops responding to both remotes. Simply follow this procedure again to reactivate them.

Both of the supplied system remotes share the same remote code, but your system can learn two remote codes if you want to add another remote control (Cat. No. 49-845).To activate a second remote control code, be sure the system is disarmed, then hold downARM TALK for 10 seconds. The system says “Thank You.” Press any button on the new remote to activate it.

INSTALLING THE BACKUP BATTERY

A 9-voltbattery (not supplied) powers your alarm if its main power is cut. Follow these steps to install the battery.

Note: For the best protection and longest life, we recommend you use an alkaline battery, such as RadioShack Cat. No.23-553.

1.Slide off the compartment cover.

2.Snap a 9-voltbattery onto the battery contacts.

3.Place the battery in the compartment.

4.Replace the compartment cover.

A new battery powers the alarm for about 21 hours with no alert, or 15 minutes of continuous alert. The alarm’s volume is reduced when it is operating from the battery.

We recommend you replace the battery every 6 months, even if it has not been used to power the system.

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MOUNTING THE

SYSTEM

Select a location for your alarm system in the engine compartment. For the best results, the location should meet the following conditions.

All wires should reach their connections without going near moving or hot engine parts.

Note: If necessary, you can extend the wires usinghook-upwire and butt connectors. Use at least18-gaugewire and an insulated wire connector to extend a wire.

The mounting location should be solid and have no mechanisms or moving parts on its other side.

For the best remote range, the mounting location should allow the system’s yellow antenna wire to hang straight down. Do not cut or extend the wire — its length is optimized for best operation.

For the loudest siren, the siren horn should point down toward the pavement.

The alarm should not point straight up, as moisture could collect in the siren horn and damage the system.

To prevent water damage, the system should not be mounted in a wheel well, directly behind the radiator grill, or close to the ground.

Once you select a location, follow these steps to mount the system.

1.Hold the system against the selected location and mark the locations of the three mounting holes.

2.Drill 1/8-inchholes at the marked locations, taking care not to drill into anything behind the mounting surface.

3.Secure the system to the surface using the supplied screws.

Note: For the bestshock-sensoroperation use all three screws.

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INSTALLING THE STATUS INDICATOR

The status indicator goes inside your vehicle’s passenger compartment. Either drill a mounting hole in a dash panel or use the supplied mounting bracket to hold the indicator. Follow these steps to install the indicator.

1.Locate an existing wire harness that goes through your vehicle’s firewall, and push the indicator into the passenger compartment through the existing hole.

If you cannot find an existing wire harness, drill a 1/4-inchhole through the firewall into the passenger compartment. Then push the indicator through the hole.

Cautions:

Before drilling, be sure you can reach the other side of the hole.

Do not drill into any mechanism on the other side of the firewall.

Protect the wire by placing a rubber grommet (not supplied) in the hole, and route the wire through the grommet.

2.If you are using the supplied mounting bracket, use denatured alcohol to clean the mounting surface and let the surface dry completely. Peel the backing off of one side of the doublesided tape and press it onto the

bottom of the bracket. Then peel off the adhesive backing from the other side of the tape and press the bracket onto the dash.

If you are mounting the indicator in the dash, drill a 5/16-inch hole at the desired location.

3.Press the supplied grommet into the mounting hole from the front of the surface.

Grommet Indicator

4.Press the indicator into the grommet from the back of the surface.

5.Plug the indicator’s harness into the matching harness on the system.

6.Use the supplied wire tie to secure the wire out of the way.

7.If you drilled a hole in the firewall, use silicon sealant (not supplied) to waterproof the hole.

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