Today’s video is on Carlock. I’m sure you’ve seen their product in tons of social media posts as I did. Last year curiosity got the best of me, and I contacted them to see if I could get one. In December of last year, Carlock hooked me up with the Carlock device and service, and I’ve been testing it over the previous 9 months. …and by testing, I mean using it daily on my vehicles.
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In this video, I will cover what Carlock can do for both a daily driver and a garage queen. How easy it is to install, along with other more discrete install options. How to use Carlock and how to use the Carlock Tag to make the product even better.
I’ll also cover some of the things that annoy me about the product! I’ve had a lot of time to use Carlock, so this is not going to be one of those videos where you watch someone read the package to you and say, “this is great; buy it now. “
What is Carlock?
Carlock is a real-time GPS car tracking and alert system. Because this device uses mobile connectivity to near-instantly send alerts to your phone and tracks your vehicle, there is a monthly service fee. For Carlock to work you need the device, an account on their site and the mobile app. If you buy from Amazon using the links below It’s pretty much risk free since Amazon allows 30 day returns in most areas and Carlock gives you the first month free. Once your free month expires, their monthly fee is $9.60, or you can go for a year for $113. There are no contracts you can stop using Carlock at any time. I’ll go into all the features in a moment; first, I want to cover the install.
Installing Carlock is simple. There are 3 options. The first is to simply plug it into your Onboard Diagnostics port, aka the OBD2 port. If you’re worried it sticks out or that it’s easy for a thief or your teen driver to spot, you can go with a right-angle cable extension to tuck it up under the dash. If you want to hide it somewhere in the car where no one will find it, grab the Carlock power connector and wire it directly to any always-on circuit or directly to the battery; if you go directly to the battery, just don’t forget to put a fuse in-line.
When mounting, I found I got the best shock sensitivity when I mounted it to the vehicle’s metal framing or the body. Stuffing it up under the dash zip-tied to a harness gave me almost no impact sensitivity.
After watching this video or reading this post, if you’re interested in grabbing a Carlock or any of the other items I show today, be sure to check the parts listed above or in the links throughout this article for my Amazon affiliate links. Every purchase you make from those links helps me pay for the products and tools I show in my videos.
Once you’ve set up your Carlock account and a free month of service, download the app and log in. Carlock protection activates via the app. Simply close and lock your car, open the app, and hit the lock button. Carlock will now protect your vehicle while you’re away. You will get alerts for things like impact, if the car is started and if it’s moved.
Along with real-time GPS tracking, so you always know where your car is. If someone unplugs Carlock or disconnects the battery, you will also get an alert. Disconnected Carlock will continue to run and provide info for 20 minutes on its internal battery. To disable protection, open the app and tap the lock to turn off security.
Suppose you want to automate the protection process. In that case, you can use Carlock’s Timer feature, which enables Carlock 5 minutes after the engine turns off, or you can also schedule when Carlock should enable and disable.
Or even easier, grab a Carlock tag. Pair this tag with your Carlock app, then hide the Carlock tag anywhere in your vehicle. Now, every time you walk away from your vehicle, Carlock will enable, and every time you approach, it will disable. After months of getting in the car 3-5 times a day, I can say it works about 95% of the time. It doesn’t disable on rare occasions, and I get an alert that obnoxiously goes off in my pocket. …then, shortly after, it disables the security. An Energizer lithium coin battery for the Carlock tag lasts about 6 months in my experience. However, the original battery that came with mine only lasted 2 months, so you may want to have a replacement handy. I’ll drop a link to the Carlock Tag and quality replacement battery below.
Alerts and Notifications
Now let’s talk about that obnoxious alert. Carlock’s alert when your car is In protected mode is loud. It also drops notifications on your home screen for each event. Carlock recently introduced a new feature for the iPhone notifications to use Critical Alerts. When enabled, the alarm will sound and show notifications even when the phone is silent or in do not disturb.
…Even more features
In addition to parking security, Carlock is great for tracking teen drivers. You can enable Harsh Driving and Speeding notifications which will send alerts to your phone in real-time. Great for keeping track of your new drivers or what your car is up to when it’s in for service.
One additional feature that comes in handy is the real-time monitoring of the battery. When my Hellcat sat all winter after about 2-3 weeks, the battery would get low enough to start then throw a check engine due to the low voltages. Carlock keeps tabs on your battery and warns you when it’s low. Then from the comfort of my living room, I can say – “Alexa… charge Challenger battery.”
Now I already mentioned one of the annoyances where the App and Carlock tag doesn’t connect right away, so when you hop in the car and start it up, the Alarm is going off in your pocket. This isn’t a major deal; it stops after a few seconds and eventually connects. The second annoyance is specific to certain trickle chargers. Carlock uses the sudden change in voltage from 12 volts with the car off to the 14 volts from the alternator when on. I use the Battery Tender Plus, which floats most of the time then boosts to over 14 volts to charge the battery. This means if I enable Carlock in my garage with the trickle charger connected, I get car start notifications often when I’m sleeping.
Besides those 2 minor issues, Carlock has been an excellent product, and I plan to continue my subscription at the end of my sponsorship. If you were on the fence, I hope you found this video and article informative. If you’re looking for any of the products I mentioned, remember to check out my affiliate links posted above, and every purchase helps the channel.
Active Noise Canceling, or ANC for short, is available in many Jeep, Dodge Ram vehicles. Microphones throughout the cabin pick up undesirable sounds, and the ANC module plays soundwaves through the speakers in an attempt to cancel these sounds.
When adding an amplifier or, in my case, speakers with a broader sound range, the Ram’s Active Noise Cancelling sound waves become loud, audible Bass drone that makes the vehicle undrivable. Shutting off the radio does not stop the sounds as it’s a separate system.
This video will walk you through disabling the 2019 Ram ANC by de-pining the connector that holds the microphone wires. Once you remove the four positive microphone wires, Active Noise canceling is disabled, and the annoying bass drone goes away. I also cover the other option of using the PAC Factory ANC Module Bypass Harness for Select Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram Vehicles. This Active Noise Cancelling bypass harness quickly installs in less than 2 minutes in most cases.
IMPORTANT NOTE: After disabling the Active Noice Cancelling in my 2019 Ram Rebel, I Do NOT notice any difference in cabin noise. ANC Disable also DOES NOT impact the noise cancelling in your phone calls. A different system handles Noise Canceling for mobile calls.
I’ve been staring at the Spoilerking Rear window spoiler since my buddy Ryan over at Hemifam installed one on the old hag. I received a partial sponsorship for this so I figured it was time to go for it. I still paid well over $100 for this item, but the discount really helped. The spoiler featured in this vide is the Spoiler XL w/ Center Cut (380RC)
I installed the Luxe Forged Carbon Chopped Metallic vinyl in my dashboard and center console trim to compliment my new Forged Carbon Steering wheel. Each piece took just over an hour to wrap and the results were amazing.
Originally I wrapped it and left the silver trim ring around the edges and I was not happy with the results. You can see photos in the video at 0:19 so I peeled it off and wrapped the entire trim piece.
This is not an instructional video, but I do offer a few tips and as requested I show the entire wrap process for both pieces. Be sure to check out the Awesome Color Matched Paddle Shifters from CCH Customs and my new Forged Carbon Steering Wheel.
We’ve worked with Scalia-Motorsports many times in the past and while their new Shaker riser doesn’t fit on my hellcat, I really felt we needed to do a video on it. This kit raises the height of your Challenger Shaker Scoop by 3/4” giving it a more aggressive look. The kit comes with everything you need to install in about 20 minutes.
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Our Kit contained
1ea New lower profile Shaker seal
5ea magnetic spacers and applicable bolts, standoffs and nuts depending on your install (5.7L or 6.5L)
Only one kit required per vehicle; comes with parts to emulate BOTH exhaust valves.
If you want to remove the active exhaust valves on your Dodge or Chrysler vehicle, you need a valve simulator to prevent the Check-Engine light and diagnostic trouble codes.
Here is the simplest, fully electronic solution! Other options on the market are purely mechanical; require re-using the valves and mounting them to a dummy plate.
1: Crawl under vehicle and unplug both active exhaust valves.
2: Plug in the Inactive Exhaust modules. Secure in place with a zip-tie.
3: That’s it! You can leave the valves in place if you have a stock system and just want the valves open all the time. Or you can remove them completely – even sell them!
Great for those that:
just want the valves open full-time
want to remove or disable “noisy valves” as it is common for them to rattle
have faulty valves and don’t want the expense of replacing them
installing aftermarket exhaust and are completely removing the valves
This kit contains two parts – one is the inactive exhaust module, with an automotive-grade microprocessor that communicates with the vehicle to make it think that the valves are installed and functioning properly. The other part is a dummy waterproof connector to keep the second valve’s plug from corrosion.
Works on all systems used in Chargers, Challengers and 300’s from 2015 to present.
The Zenfox T3 is a great option especially for taxi and uber drivers, or anyone looking for all-around coverage on the road. Offering coverage of the front, interior and rear of your vehicle, the Zenfox T3 provides clear images for accidents, attempted theft and other accidents. The front and rear camera offer a combined 300° field of view. Infrared lights are included so you can see what’s happening in the passenger cabin even at night.
The front camera is fitted with a 5MP Sony STARVIS IMX335 image sensor to offer you clear 2K QHD videos of the road ahead day and night. The camera view angle is 160-degrees, allowing it to capture a broader footage with fewer blind spots.
The camera can also be tilted in four directions for a better angle that best fits your need and the shape of your vehicle.
The T3 offers multiple bitrate options and uses the latest H.265 video recording codec for maximum quality, with H.264 as an option.
Also mounted on the main (front) camera is the interior IR camera that captures the activities inside your vehicle.
The interior IR camera is designed with rideshare drivers and vloggers in mind. The camera uses a Sony STARVIS IMX307 image sensor that is capable of recording in 1080p Full HD and can retain its picture quality even in grayscale.
The Zenfox T3 comes with a built-in GPS that you can use to record your speed and route data in your video footage files. The GPS will also synchronize the T3’s internal clock with the GPS time so that your video files can be correctly time-stamped.
Did you know that your footage with speed and location information can be used a defense if you believe you received the ticket in error or need evidence to dispute wrongful claims.
The Zenfox T3’s built-in Dual Band WiFI lets you connect with the Zenfox mobile app to control dash cams settings on the spot. The mobile app also lets you watch a Live View of any or all the three cameras all at once. You can also download recorded videos directly from the camera to your phone without having to remove the SD card inside.