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Buick Encore: Theft Deterrent - Description and operation

Buick Encore 2012-2019 Service Manual / Accessories & Equipment / Theft Deterrent / Theft Deterrent - Description and operation

THEFT SYSTEMS DESCRIPTION AND OPERATION

When armed, the content theft deterrent system is designed to deter vehicle content theft by pulsing the horns and exterior lamps for approximately 30 seconds when an unauthorized vehicle entry is detected. However, the content theft deterrent system does not affect engine starting.

An unauthorized entry can be any of the following with the content theft deterrent system armed:

  • Unauthorized entry into the underhood area
  • Unauthorized entry into the rear compartment
  • When any door is opened without using the UNLOCK command from a keyless entry transmitter
  • After a battery reconnect, if the battery was disconnected with the content theft deterrent system armed

The components of the content theft deterrent system are:

  • Body Control Module (BCM)
  • Remote control door lock receiver
  • Door ajar switches
  • Rear compartment ajar switch
  • Hood ajar switch

Arming the Content Theft Deterrent System

Use the following procedure in order to arm the system:

  1. Place the shift lever in P (park).
  2. Turn OFF the ignition.
  3. Open any door.

NOTE: The system is not armed if the doors are locked manually; the power door lock switch or remote keyless entry transmitter must be used to arm the content theft deterrent system.

  1. Lock the doors with the power door lock switch or by pressing the LOCK button on the transmitter. The system is in standby mode and will not start the arming timer until all doors are closed.
  2. The system will begin the arm sequence immediately after the last door is closed. If the keyless entry transmitter is used to arm the system after the vehicle doors are closed, the arm sequence will begin as soon as the LOCK command is received from the transmitter.
  3. Pressing the LOCK button on the keyless entry transmitter a second time will bypass the delayed arming function and force the system to arm.

Locking the Vehicle Without Arming the Content Theft Deterrent System

Locking the Vehicle Without Arming the Content Theft Deterrent System Locking the vehicle may be accomplished without arming the content theft deterrent system. Use of the manual door locks will lock the vehicle, but will not arm the content theft deterrent system.

Disarming an Armed System/Silencing an Alarm

If system arming has been requested by the power door lock switch or the keyless entry transmitter, it must be disarmed.

NOTE: Disconnecting the battery or removing fuses does not disable the arm or alarm modes, since the BCM stores the content theft deterrent mode status in memory.

To disarm the content theft deterrent system in standby mode, perform one of the following:

  • Press the UNLOCK button on the keyless entry transmitter.
  • Insert a valid key into the ignition and switch to the ON position

To disarm the content theft deterrent system in the armed mode (non-event) or when activated (during an alarm event):

  • Press the UNLOCK button on the keyless entry transmitter.
  • Insert a valid key into the ignition and switch to the ON position

Content Theft Deterrent Circuit Description

The following is a description of each component used in the content theft deterrent system:

Body Control Module

The content theft deterrent system is an internal function of the BCM which utilizes serial data and various switch inputs information to perform content theft deterrent functions. When the BCM detects an unauthorized entry, it activates the horns and exterior lamps. The BCM has 4 basic modes (disarmed, standby, armed, and alarm) for operating the content theft deterrent system. The different modes are described below.

  1. The BCM has the content theft deterrent system in a disarmed mode until the following conditions are detected:
  • Ignition key turned to the OFF position.
  • Doors locked by either the power door lock switch or the LOCK button on the transmitter.
  1. The BCM enters the standby mode when the above conditions are detected. If a door was already opened when the arm mode was requested, the standby mode does not start the timer until the last door is closed.
  2. When the last door is closed, a 15 second timer is activated. Once the timer has expired, the BCM enters the armed mode. After this delay, any unauthorized entry will activate the alarm mode.
  3. When the BCM detects an unauthorized entry, the BCM enters the alarm mode. The BCM activates the horns and exterior lamps for 30 seconds. This is followed by a three minute time-out with the horn no longer active. If no new intrusions are detected after the time-out, the horn is not active. The system must be disarmed or the intrusion condition removed after the time-out for the system to exit alarm mode.

Remote Control Door Lock Receiver

The keyless entry system can arm and disarm the content theft deterrent system. When the remote control door lock receiver receives a door lock or unlock signal from the transmitter, the remote control door lock receiver sends a message to the BCM via serial data to perform the appropriate arm/disarm functions.

Door Ajar Switches

The content theft deterrent system uses the door ajar switches as a status indicator to activate the alarm. The door ajar switches are monitored by the body control module via a discrete input from each door ajar switch. If the BCM receives a signal indicating a door is opened when the content theft deterrent system is armed, the BCM activates the alarm.

Hood Ajar Switch

The content theft deterrent system uses the hood ajar switch as a status indicator to activate the alarm. The BCM monitors the hood ajar switch via a discrete input from the switch. If the BCM receives a signal indicating the hood has been opened when the content theft deterrent system is armed, the BCM activates the alarm.

Rear Compartment Ajar Switch

The content theft deterrent system uses the rear compartment ajar switch as a status indicator to activate the alarm. The BCM monitors the rear compartment ajar switch via a discrete input from the switch. If the BCM receives a signal indicating the rear compartment has been opened when content theft deterrent system is armed, the BCM activates the alarm.

Inputs

The BCM monitors the following inputs for content theft deterrent:

  • Door ajar switches
  • Keyless entry transmitter LOCK/UNLOCK buttons; a message from the remote control door lock receiver
  • Immobilizer status-The BCM uses the immobilizer status for disarming the system or silencing an alarm when the correct vehicle key is used to start the vehicle
  • Rear compartment ajar switch
  • Hood ajar switch

Outputs

The BCM controls the following for content theft deterrent:

  • Horn relay
  • Exterior lamps

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