What Is A Passtime Code And How Can I Have It Remove From A Vehicle?

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Anonymous answered
To remove a passtime device completely you must first locate the device.  Usually it's located under the dash near the ignition switch.  If your model has a remote eye then you can easily follow the wire from the eye to the device.  Some models will not had a remote eye, but no matter.  Take open your under dash panel, and sometimes the plastic steering column covers, (it really depends on your car.)
Find your ignition switch wiring harness.  It's not usually hard to spot.  You will find where the starter wire has been cut and the two ends are connected to wires leading into the passtime device, (usually purple and blue).  Cut those wires and reconnect the starter wire back so the passtime is bypassed.
The other wires are usually red(12V constant), pink(ignition) and black(ground). They are usually tapped into wires in the ignition switch harness right near the starter wire you just corrected.  That's usually it, except for maybe cutting some cable ties to remove the wires and retying up your harness.  If you's is a GPS equipped model, it may be harder to locate, but it's almost always in the dash above or near the instrument cluster, but behind the trim and dash.  Odds are if your passtime  is up under the dash it's not a GPS equipped model.
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You know, I have one of those in my car.  I have paid all but one of my payments on time.  In the other instance, I got my paycheck a day late and when I left work to go to the bank to deposit my check and thus make my payment, my car wouldn't start.  In an emergency, (think hurricane katrina), you would be pretty screwed.

That being said, you don't actually have to remove it, or even do anything that would damage it, or render it inoperable.  You just get something called a "Tap" from an electronic supply store.  Use that tap to bridge the blue wire and the purple wire.  This circumvents the disabling feature of the passtime.  What it DOES NOT do is disable the GPS transmitter, so if you don't make your payments, they will still repossess your car.

Actually damaging or removing the device is a breech of the contract that you signed when you got the car, and in some states is criminal.
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Anonymous commented
What type of TAP do you use for this thing. And can you get it from any auto parts store?
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Anonymous commented
i have a pastime on my 2005 trailblazer chevy its my first car and we always make our payments on time and my car wont start i even lost my car due to this wnd i cant seem to get any anserws from car mqx my place i purchased the car plz help
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Anonymous commented
I mean lost my job cuzz of this i even payed hundreds of dollars trying to fix this issue
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Big Mike answered
Why not just trace the 5 wires and remove them and reconnect the original wiring. Seems logical.  Each original wire has a pattern on the sheath that covers the wiring. Only 4 are actually hooked to anything.  One is a ground. In case your not following my train of thought, I am saying to make it all original again, like it was never there.
BE VERY AWARE: Be sure to disconnect your battery before attempting this, otherwise, it will be a 'shocking' experience.
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Anonymous answered
Now, I have paid off my loan but the dealership will not release the title until the passtime device is returned. I have moved over four hours from the dealership so this definetly presents a problem as they will not tell me how to remove it. Any help?
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Joe Crow answered

Predatory lenders and over priced dealers use these devices to further stick it to those that would allow this type of practice. I love how they come on sites like this one and call people losers, low lives, and dead beats but yet feed off these same people they insult. To all of you out there looking for a break and a way to fight back, learn all you can, stay on the legal side but do stick it back to them mother&%$%^ that feed off your misfortunes.

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Anonymous answered

Not everyone whom has bad credit is a loser; some people are just
unfortunate - and you may find yourself in that same position. No one
has brought up the fact that a dealership employee could cut your car
off for their own nefarious reasons, for instance disliking the way you
talked to them over the phone. Where does the responsibility and due
diligence begin to ensure dealerships and their employees aren't abusing
the privileges afforded by these devices?

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Anonymous answered

I bought my car from a repo sale and it was just bypassed I looked at the wires and it was poorly installed completely legal for me to remove so yes there is a reason for directions and the idea that someone hacked up the wiring to install is more criminal then removing.  In any case the blue and purple that were spliced with no cover went to a smaller gauge wire that was originally cut to make the loop.  I removed and spliced the original back together.  The other 2 wires had taps and I just unplugged them.  It was under my steering column towards the door side and had to remove the lower dash.

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Anonymous answered

Found one in the car I purchased free and clear cash. I am in Canada so I was thinking as the car was a fleet vehicle 3 owners ago it was used for the fleet monitoring.

Just removed it and car is fine.

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Anonymous answered

My problem is the dealer was a proprietorship and closed the doors.

Now, there is no one to remove this pastime unit. Being a lease to own, I cannot even get the ownership transferred.

There are a bunch of us who dealt with this dealership and none of us can get ownership transfers or the pastime removed.

We are not losers either! LOL!

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Anonymous answered
I have one also, & it's quite anoying I must say. I purchased a car from a dealership that doesn't offer buy here pay here and yet they still installed the passtime machine in my car. Like most big headed jerks would assume that your credit would have to be bad in order for a dealership to install the machine. Actually, my credit is in the 700 range, however, I've never financed a car before, therefore, the bank needed to trust me for a while. I don't know how to remove the machine, and I wouldn't recommend you doing that either, but yea, it's annoying. 
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Sarah Soda answered
You do know that if the lender sends a code to disable the vehicle and your vehicle is located in a place different from that in which it was disabled they will know that you tampered with the device? Think carefully before you do this. It most surely is a default on your contract.
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Anonymous answered
It is an algorythmically generated code that is put into an Ignition interlock device. You can remove it from the vehicle but the fact that it is there in the first place would make it a breach of contract between you and the Lienholder (Bank) and would therefore forfeit your ability to have that car. Best way to remove the Passtime from your car.... PAY FOR YOUR CAR....
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Anonymous commented
Don't matter those people are corrupt. I see a guy on here offering to give info on how to remove pte-1 passtime device. I have the answer for free. Carfinco screwed me so I went to my car after getting off the phone upset of course, turned on my car followed the beeping sounds to the foot area under steering columb, pop off panels by gas pedal, keep following sound, the device has a fuse ug and another tv looking cable plugged into the back of it, pull out the device and unplug the plugs from it and unscrew the cable, turn car on and to ur surprise no beeping sounds, no gps ability for them and no woRrrries, hope you all learn ur lessons from CARFINCO, and hope you all enjoy ur freedom and privacy now !!! Come find me losers! Sincerely Simon Blue
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jayspot1000 . commented
I remove these for 50 bucks! Screw passtime
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Anonymous answered
Get another deadbeat like yourself who want something for free and you both can be charged
with a Felony. You can't tamper with mortgaged property read your contract and make your
payments.
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jayspot1000 .
jayspot1000 . commented
I've removed over 30 at my shop no felonies here. Don't let dealerships scare you out smart them.
Anonymous
Anonymous commented
Can u help me remove one from a 99 chevy suburban I bought at an auction I dont l Ike having any foreign things in my cars thats not supposed to be there.
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Anonymous answered
Pay your car off and the dealership will remove it for you.
I am sure you will probably come up with some statement about how you don't owe any money or that it's annoying, but that's what it is there for.
Pass time units are used by Buy Here/Pay Here lots for a reason...because you are a VERY HIGH CREDIT RISK.
If you would have never let your credit get horrible, then you could buy a car like a normal person. But since you chose to let your credit get messy, you must deal with people who will loan money to high-risk consumers such as yourself, and this is a way for them to ensure that their car doesn't disappear for 6 months after you decide to stop paying for it.

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