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One of the best ways to protect your ride from thieves is to outfit it with a security alarm system. This security feature will give you peace of mind and a good night's sleep knowing that your precious investment is equipped with a feature that will help deter such criminals. However, installing this safety feature isn't as easy as it sounds. It involves the installation of several components and running necessary wires and cables to make these components function. But that doesn't mean it can't be done by DIYers. If you have basic electrical knowledge and DIY experience, you can carry out the installation of even the most advanced and amazing car security systems.

If you decide to do the job all by yourself, here are some tips to bear in mind to help you pull off your DIY project safely and more efficiently:

  • See to it that you're familiar with all the steps before starting off with the DIY task.
  • The procedures and specifics on how to properly install a security alarm system may vary from one vehicle to another, so it's best to consult your owner's manual first or the instructions included in the alarm system that you've purchased and study the entire process before attempting to install the alarm. By so doing, you'll know if you already have a complete set of tools and you can gauge whether to proceed with the DIY task or seek the help of a professional.

  • Choose the best spots for the different components of the security alarm system.
  • Mount the components of your alarm system in places where they won't interfere with your driving vision and your ability to operate and maneuver the vehicle. Do not make the mistake of mounting them under the hood or near the engine. This area usually gets hot as the engine operates, and that kind of temperature isn't friendly for the alarm system pieces that are usually sensitive to heat and vibration.

    The alarms in some vehicle models are installed in the trunk; other drivers prefer to place them under the dash or in the spots specifically assigned to accommodate the alarms, as suggested in the manual.

  • Disconnect the battery's negative terminal.
  • This is a rule of thumb when working with the vehicle's electrical system or any component that will be wired or has to be connected to any electrical piece. The negative terminal is actually the battery's ground cable, so disconnecting it can save you from experiencing accidental electrical shocks while working with your security alarm system.

  • Make sure the door triggers are working.
  • The alarm system will surely ignore a vehicle door that doesn't have a well-functioning trigger. One indication of working triggers is dome light or door-ajar indicator lights that turn on once you open the door.

  • Consult a wiring diagram that's specific for your model before running the wires.
  • When connecting the wiring of the security alarm system, don't forget that the particulars vary by vehicle make and model, so it is always wise to see a wiring diagram made specifically for your vehicle model. You can also refer to the directions that are usually included in the alarm system that you've purchased.