Listed below are details of common operating issues for TVRs, in relation to vehicle alarming and security.
Alarm not responding to transmitter
- Transmitter battery low, may need replacing.
- Batteries not in correct order of polarity.
- Internal alignment peg of TVR Transmitter has broken - circuit board not lining up with button striker.
- Transmitter faulty.
- Micro-switch broken.
- Car battery low or flat – there is not enough charge to respond to transmitter.
- Local communication masts quashing signal - car may require towing away from area.
Short range with transmitter
- Low transmitter battery.
- RF circuit board on alarm ECU deteriorated.
- Alarm aerial shielded or disconnected (HPA).
Central locking bouncing
- Door not closed correctly.
- Door pin switch faulty.
- Door pin striker missing, not pushing pin switch in (Griffith).
- Faulty or seized central locking motor.
- Faulty central locking control module.
Alarm beeps on arming
- Boot, bonnet or door circuit sitting at earth on arming. M99T2 only.
- Vehicles with an interior light delay can cause the alarm to produce beeps upon arming.
- Should the interior light be fully extinguished upon arming, NO beeps are produced.
Transmitter will not switch immobiliser off
- The alarm will respond but not the immobiliser. Dallas key will switch immobiliser off but not the transmitter.
- Often the case when the vehicle battery has gone flat. Disconnect the car battery, or alarm ECU if accessible, then reconnect after a few minutes. Have a transmitter to hand on reconnection, as the alarm will come on in the armed state. Method occasionally known to solve issue.
- Corrupt immobiliser, communication has been lost. Usually down to jump starting of vehicle.
Power feed to immobiliser lost, receptacle not flashing, check fuse.
Starter motor not cranking
Fuel pump will prime but not starter motor, tends to mainly occur with the Griffith & Chimaera once engine is hot. Often referred to as a hot start issue. The cable run from the ignition to the starter solenoid is quite long, running through the immobiliser then on into the engine. The cable heats up within the engine bay and can become brittle. As it heats up, the resistance increases, therefore making it more difficult for a current to flow. The immobiliser can also be at fault as the correct circuit was not always put through the appropriate relay within the immobiliser. A little catch 22 as either the cable run could be at fault, the immobiliser or both.
Starter will crank but no fuel prime
Often the case with the Griffith & Chimaera. Those still with the old metal cased Bosch Fuel relays tend to suffer most, especially with damp weather. Best option is to replace or carry a couple of spares. Immobiliser could be faulty.
Hazard lights flash but no siren when alarm is triggered
Mostly occurs with Griffith, Chimaera & Cerbera. As the siren positions were not always the best considered, they either got cooked, disconnected due to ease of access, or suffered water ingress. Mostly, the early coded M11A siren was installed, which is no longer available.
Alarm triggers while on ferry
Due to the reverberation, the microwave or sonics (Cerbera) can be triggered. These can be isolated during the crossing. For some vehicles, when isolating, the central locking will also go off line, as TVR uses the output to the microwave on the M99T2 to also drive the central locking.
Hazard light(s) stay on permanent
Batch of Meta alarms suffered from sticking relays on hazard light circuit. If just one side, this can often be disconnected and the other feed configured to drive both sides.
Intermittent triggering of alarm
- Consult the relevant alarm LED table to see activated circuit.
- Bonnet-switch not aligned on Griffith/Chimaera.
- Microwave too sensitive.
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