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.
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.
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?
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.
How do you completely remove a pass time device from a car?
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.
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....
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
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.