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astrostart, 06 equinox

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Forum Name: Car Security and Convenience
Forum Discription: Car Alarms, Keyless Entries, Remote Starters, Immobilizer Bypasses, Sensors, Door Locks, Window Modules, Heated Mirrors, Heated Seats, etc.
Printed Date: September 19, 2021 at 11:15 AM

Topic: astrostart, 06 equinox

Posted By: smokeshow
Subject: astrostart, 06 equinox
Date Posted: September 16, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Hello. I'm having an issue with the astrostart on my 06 equinox. It seems that it's not getting a signal from the remote. I tried the hood open, key on brake, cycle key off on 4 times and stop on off and that didn't work. Then tried the dip #8 up, brake,hit unlock on fob #8 done brake and that doesn't work either. The red led blinks with the engine on and when I touch the brake.This issue started right after I have a double din installed. Any help getting it working again?


Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: September 16, 2014 at 12:50 AM
It's a astroflex BBM part #392-127-317

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: September 19, 2014 at 1:41 AM
Here is the astrostart module. There are 9 dip switches. The plugs on top are the antenna and ground switch. posted_image
Here is the gm bypass. It has 10 dip switches

I checked the fuses and they are all good. Any help would be great. Its getting colder here every day and the remote start would be great. Thanks

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: September 19, 2014 at 1:43 AM
When I push the 8 dip up and press the brake the red led lights up and it blinks when the engine is running so I believe it's functioning properly. Could it be a bad antenna? And way to test the atenna?

Posted By: auto enhancers
Date Posted: September 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM
I would look at the remote being the issue. They are great systems but the remotes just die. they can work great for years then nothing even if the light is flashing. I assume you are holding the button on the remote and not just pressing it. Those systems you have to hold the buttons for about 2-3 seconds.

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: September 23, 2014 at 1:19 PM
Maybe. But when I had the shop work on the radio, they couldn't get it to work, it stopped working. It worked when I dropped the car off and when I picked it up it didn't work. I'm sure they disconnected the battery without flipping the switch for the astroflex unit and it lost its programming. But not it won't program the remote. Thinking it's the antenna but it looks fine. I'll take my voltmeter and ohm the wires and see if there might be a break or something somewhere. For the astroflex gm passlock III. There are 10 dip switches. What order are they supposed to be in?

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: September 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: September 27, 2014 at 12:35 AM
Anyone? I really need to fix this before the winter starts. Gets to -60 with the wind chill here.

Posted By: catback
Date Posted: September 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Wiring to the antenna is good? Did the installer work around or have to touch any part of the remote start system?

Connection to the brake pedal is good? Your evaluation of the LED during brake pedal application is conclusive?

With that check the battery in the remote. Batteries do die unexpectedly in remotes, especially if someone were to sit on the remote or otherwise cause the remote to transmit continuously. It's even possible they killed the remote by dropping it in the sink or toilet accidently. Does the remote look cleaner than before you left it?

Is this your only remote to the system?

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: September 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM
The installer shouldn't have touched anything for the remote start. But I did have to redo it because they did a horrible job.
When the dip 8 is up the red led flashes when I press in on the brake pedal. The antenna wires look good. The remote seems fine. The green led flashes and there is an audible tone when I press the button. I have another remote but the place that installed the radio said it worked on a different frec. The system was already installed in the car when I bought it. And nothing on the remote works. Door locks, panic or remote start

Posted By: catback
Date Posted: September 27, 2014 at 2:21 PM
I've had many remotes that would flash an led or make a tone but worked like crap right until the battery was too dead to light the led. It takes more power to transmit a clean signal than it does to light an led or sound a piezo. When's the last time you replaced the battery?

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: September 27, 2014 at 7:40 PM
Still the same battery. I'll try replacing them but I think something else is wrong. For the passlock bypass, there are 10 switches. What position do they need to be in? I've tried searching but I can't find it. Is there an online install/user manual for it? Thanks for the help.

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: October 04, 2014 at 4:41 PM
Replaced the batteries and still didn't work. Tried to reprogram the remote with the #8 dip up, brake, start button, #8 down brake and didn't help either. The led lights when the brake is pressed down and flashes when the car is on.

Posted By: catback
Date Posted: October 04, 2014 at 6:28 PM
This is an old system and apart from diving into the wiring and checking that arena. There's not much to do aside from making sure you have the programming instructions right (all dips down except for #8), resetting the unit, and verifying function of the remote.

You can help another user on the forum who is trying to find out what remote to get for his astroflex. The two of you have near identical units.

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: October 04, 2014 at 7:03 PM
I have the j5f-tx2000 key fob. I also tried the hood up, key on, brake, cycle the key until the parking lights flash 4 times and still nothing. Going to ohm the antenna wires tonight to see if there's a bad wire

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: October 04, 2014 at 9:43 PM
Any info on the passlock III dip switches? I believe they may have been knocked around during the radio install.

Posted By: catback
Date Posted: October 04, 2014 at 9:59 PM
That's a good idea.

The hood up method is below but requires an installed and working hood pin.

•Open hood
•Place key in the ignition and turn to the “RUN” position
•Apply the brakes once
•You now have 10 seconds to turn the key from “RUN” to the “STOP” position 3
•If sequence is executed correctly, the control module flashes parking lights
(4 flashes). You may then proceed to the next step.
•Press any button on the new remote control (except the “Panic” button).
When access code of new remote control is memorized, the control module will
confirm with flashing parking lights (1 flash).
•Repeat the above procedures for each remote control that has to be pro
grammed (up to 4 remotes).
•Apply the brakes
•New remote(s) is (are) now added to the system.

The only other thing I can think, assuming a fully functional install, is I wonder if programming is/can be locked via a multitest programmer. Other alarm/remote start systems, DEI for one, have this capability and even lock automatically when a programmer is used.

Posted By: catback
Date Posted: October 04, 2014 at 10:05 PM
smokeshow wrote:

Any info on the passlock III dip switches? I believe they may have been knocked around during the radio install.

I hope not, they are set specific to your vehicle - see a bulldog security model 721 for a like product.

Posted By: auto enhancers
Date Posted: October 06, 2014 at 9:37 AM
the dip switches change the resistance inside the module that bypasses the passlock system, they will have nothing to do with it not responding. When you flip up dip switch 8 on the rs and hit the brake and press the lock button on the remote, what does the led do on the rs next to the dip switches? If it doesnt do anything then either the remote or receiver is bad.

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: October 06, 2014 at 10:04 AM
It does nothing. So I guess I need a new remote. Thanks

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: October 11, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Got a newish remote and it didn't work. But I'm not sure if the remote is good. Put new batteries in it and it just lights up. No sound

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: October 12, 2014 at 3:20 AM
Okay. Finally got around to ohm the antenna wires. The black had no continuity. Spliced in a new wire and was able to reprogram both remotes. But when I press a button I can hear the brain click and the parking lights flash but nothing else happens. What's my next step?

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: October 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM
Figured it out. Had a bad ground under the dash. Now I have lock/unlock. Gonna take it to an audio shop to reset the bypass to get the remote start to work

Posted By: catback
Date Posted: October 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM
If the dip switches weren't changed, you should need to have it reset. The necessary configuration/setting is hardcoded to the dip positions. If an audio shop tampered with the settings while do an audio install then and only then would I take it to them to fix it and I'd make them do it for free (if they didn't mess with it, it wouldn't need to be fixed so I'm not going to pay them to fix what they broke).

Posted By: smokeshow
Date Posted: October 12, 2014 at 3:48 PM
I'm never going back to that audio shop. I paid them a lot if money to install my double din and they didn't even do it right and I got the car back with the remote start not working. A friend told me about another shop that does all of his custom stereos and I'm going to call them on Tuesday and try and work something out with them.

Posted By: catback
Date Posted: October 12, 2014 at 10:45 PM
EDIT: "you shouldn't need to have it reset"

I'm guessing the vehicle isn't remote starting and displays the security light on the dash when remote starting? The only time that bypass needs to be setup is the one time so long as no one touches the dip switches and the vehicle doesn't change ignition cylinders it never has to be re-setup again regardless of dead batteries, sitting for ages, EMP pulses, or whatever power and memory loss scenario one can concoct.

Not going back to that shop is a good idea.

Posted By: steeft
Date Posted: May 24, 2015 at 8:47 PM
This might be a long shot as this thread was posted a couple of months ago but...

i own a 06 ford ranger and have discovered that i have an Astroflex remote car starter that is very similar to yours.

Part # 392-127-300 Rev-1
Bar code # MV1654171

However, the truck did not come with a key fob or an antenna, im wondering which ones should i purchase?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Posted By: tedmond
Date Posted: May 24, 2015 at 11:47 PM
you need a 613-TX (3 button) or 711-TX (1 button) each are 46 plus taxes

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