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Fly by night security precaution

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by zdog, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Apr 5, 2010 at 10:34 PM
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    zdog

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    I am getting ready for a 10 day road trip in my new Tacoma. I will be leaving Oregon and heading to Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. I know that my truck will be high on the list of nice rigs to steal.

    My question is: Is there a easy way to disable the engine when I park at a motel overnight so if the scum suckers come they will have to tow it off? In the good old days you could just remove the rotor from the distributor and they were screwed. Is there an easy way to do something similar to my 2010 4 cylinder motor.

    I just saw that Costco has the sale on coverking seat covers going again till 25 April. $139 shipped.

    ZDog
     
  2. Apr 5, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    Thanks, I have in mind something I could physically remove from the engine when I park the thing over night.

    ZDog
     
  3. Apr 5, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    Probably a few things you can try... since you have a manual, put it in gear, turn the wheel all the way toward the curve, set parking brake. Maybe also disconnect your battery, and if you want to take it a step further disconnect some wires in the glove box?
     
  4. Apr 5, 2010 at 10:42 PM
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    EricT

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    Maybe pull a major fuse. Isn't there a fuse for the starter?
     
  5. Apr 6, 2010 at 12:24 AM
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    back in the day I had a fuel cut switch in my honda accord. The switch was tapped between the power for the fuel pump, and hidden. Whenever I needed to park in a sketchy place, just flip the switch before leaving..
     
  6. Apr 6, 2010 at 12:29 AM
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    SurfInferno

    SurfInferno Dont be stupid, its not smart.

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    take the battery out, pull some fuses......LOCK IT! make sure the steering wheel is locked before you get out
     
  7. Apr 6, 2010 at 6:24 AM
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    How bout pulling the fuel pump relay, I think its 14 in the box under hood on the 1GR motor and test it.
     
  8. Apr 6, 2010 at 6:55 AM
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    This has possibilities. I will look into it.

    Thanks,
    ZDog
     
  9. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:00 AM
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    Zombie Runner

    Zombie Runner Are these black helicopters for me?

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    yea i would say pull a fuse. on the auto trans trucks there is a fuse that makes it to where you cant put the truck in gear.
    try and find one for the ignition or similar
     
  10. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:06 AM
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    How about not staying at a shady motel?

    I would just pull the ECU fuse or the fuel pump fuse. My girlfriend went to college in downtown atlanta (for 1 semester becuase it was super ghetto) at GA state University and I used to stay with her some nights. I would take the ECU out of my honda accord and bring it with me. Or I would park two exits up in the Holiday Inn parking lot that had lights, cameras, and a security guard on duty all the time and she would come pick me up.
     
  11. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:16 AM
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  12. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:26 AM
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    As a pro mechanic I would not pull the ecm fuse... There are lots of things you could take off to disable the truck, but your best bet for quick and simple is the fuel pump relay or fuse. It will cause no further problems if you forget to put it back and try to start the truck as some other components would. AND if you happen to lose it overnight, you can swap the ac relay in its place till you can find a replacement.
     
  13. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:33 AM
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    install a hidden battery cutoff switch. or pick up a hitchhiker. no1 will steal/break into your truck with a stinky drunk bum passed out in the pass seat
     
  14. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:52 AM
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    Caduceus

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    Wow, paranoia!

    Why's it going to be stolen? Seriously, is yours the ONLY tacoma in those states? All the folks that live in CA, AZ and NV don't have their tacoma's anymore? Is yours diamond-crusted or something?

    I just went on a 2000 mile road trip - never once did theft of my truck bother me. Now, the stuff in the bed is a totally different matter.
     
  15. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:57 AM
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    skunk what did I miss?

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    leave a rotweiler in the truck.
     
  16. Apr 6, 2010 at 8:04 AM
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    I'm not real familiar with the 2nd gens but the fuse idea seems good. Maybe find one in the interior fuse box so if the weather is crappy you don't have to fumble under the hood. Also post some pics of your rig so we can see how steal worthy it is.
     
  17. Apr 6, 2010 at 8:42 AM
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    Except that would then provoke me to break into the truck just to save the rotti, then send me on a mission to find the piece of shit who locked their dog in the truck overnight.
     
  19. Apr 6, 2010 at 8:53 AM
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    Just make sure that you have insurance on your ride and dont sweat it. I have heard of paranoid but this goes kind of over the top. It is not like you are going to LA, Portland, or Seattle. You are talking about states where people could really give a rats butt on what you drove. Now if you park in a bad area then you deserve what ever happens.
     
  20. Apr 6, 2010 at 9:03 AM
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