Disconnecting Annoying Auto Bells

I asked a local mechanic, who has helped me with my trailer lights, and disconnected the seat belt warning bells in my ’88 Toyota truck. “I can’t do it, it’s a computer,”he said. “These cars, they want to drive you.”

I believe in wearing a seat belt and I want to put it on when I fuckin want to and not be nagged by 6 — count ’em –6 bells. One-minute pause and 6 more bells. Sheee-it. Plus I don’t need to be hassled about leaving keys in car. Panicky continuous loud beep beep beep. (I’ve got spare key in magnetic box under car.)

Anyone know how to circumvent this audio bullying?

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

17 Responses to Disconnecting Annoying Auto Bells

  1. does the audio serve any useful purpose at all? if not, then disable the speaker.
    if it uses the stereo speaker then you have to fool it at the seatbelt -find the switch/sensor that indicates that the driver's belt is fastened. then disable it -try disconnecting it or shorting it. it will be one or the other.

  2. Can't speak for your truck in particular but in my Ford Ranger, I just push the seat belt release button once after I get the warning bells and it doesn't come on again.

    It's worth a try.

  3. Super frustrating. I've been able to do it in my '85 Toyota Tercel, but never in anything newer. You undo a few fuses and solve the seatbelt thing – and then the start doesn't work. Too many interconnected systems! Good luck.

  4. pick one annoying bell at time. stop off at a dealer, tell them it on / off makes funny noises. can they please tell you how to temporarily disconnect, as you are leaving on a trip. (of course you will assure them, you will come in to get it properly maintained when you return..grin)

  5. I'm assuming it's the Honda that's doing this? The 6 beeps, silence, 6 beeps sounds like my mom's Fit…I disabled the seatbelt beeping in an older Honda with a series of clicking and unclicking the seatbelt in rapid succession. it was something like this: turn the car off, then to the on position without starting it. Then buckle and unbuckle the seatbelt 60 times within 60 seconds and presto, beep-be-gone. It was weird but worked. Search the forums (my vehicle was an Element, so active user groups) and you'll find it for the Fit.


  6. To echo Jesse's comment, with Ford trucks, there is a section in the user's manual in the glove box on how to disable the warning dings through a series of clicking and unclicking the seatbelts. It helps to have a partner there to read the directions while one does the clicking steps.

  7. Like Steph said, I de-programmed the seatbelt warnings in my Ford truck, it was a rather elaborate sequence of buckling and unbuckling. I have never been able to get rid of the key in ignition tones which is annoying because you can never listen to the stereo with the driver's door open. Usually I locate the little relay that contains the speaker for the warning tones and remove it, it's buried so deeply in this truck I have never been able to find it.

  8. Lloyd, try googling

    Honda Fit Warning Noise

    you should get some links come up which might be helpful



    Both sites had some pertinent suggestions

    sorry, cant give you the link, by copy function is broken

  9. Good post, Lloyd, thanks. I managed to disable my pickup's obnoxious seatbelt torment buzzer after reading the comments.

  10. When I was throwing the newspaper, I carved a piece of wood to jam into the seat belt thingie, so I could get in and out of the car without waking the whole neighborhood with those ding dings at 4am every morning.

  11. Not personally, but I once went to some car stereo place in Marin, not sure of the name, where a friend of a friend disconnected the beeping items. It was an older Toyota Corolla, so I don't know if things have changed since then, but he seemed quite familiar with how the wiring, etc. worked as part of his job installing high end car stereo systems.

  12. Pick up a used seat belt buckle (straps removed) for your truck from a junkyard, easy to leave clipped in or removed, and no messing with your truck. Fasten your unattached seatbelts!

  13. Wow – I'd love to know how to disable the 'door open' beeping on my aging Ford Escort. It doesn't beep for anything useful, like, 'you left the lights on!' or, 'keys! you forgot your keys!' … only when the doors are open. To which I say, I KNOW THE DOOR IS OPEN, I JUST OPENED IT, the handle is right here in my hand still, sheesh, shut UP already. But the lights! I can't necessarily see the lights. It doesn't beep for that. Only the doors being open.

    I figured out which fuse to pull to disable it, but sadly that affects the radio too. So I drive in silence. Sigh.

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