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How to Install a Remote Starter on Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Remote starters are not available as a factory option on the Vehicles but they may be installed aftermarket by anyone with the proper tools and a strong understanding of automotive electrical systems. It is important to remember that the Vehicles may be equipped with an optional factory security system and/or ignition immobilizer that must be interfaced to ensure correct remote start operation. If the car is equipped with an immobilizer, additional equipment will be required.

Under The Hood:

 How to Install a Remote Starter on a Motorcycle

Plan the route from the alarm power supply to the ignition. Remove any molding or parts that hinder access and identify areas to secure the wire. Disconnect the battery power by removing the negative terminal.

Run and secure the wire through the frame and panels of the motorcycle. Wire must not be run along hot areas. Secure the wire with tie straps.

Identify the correct wires to tap in the manufacturer's documentation. Strip the ends of the wire and solder the connections by fanning out the wire and then twisting them together. Wire caps are an acceptable alternative as the silicon gel seals the caps. Wrap the bare ends or caps with electrical tape.

Tap the ignition wires using t-taps per the manufacturer's directions. Connect any ground wires and verify the t-taps made a solid connection.

Program the alarm module to operate the auxiliary wire for the remote. Set simple slide switches to on or use the programming port and software to assign the auxiliary.

Hook the negative cable back onto the battery terminal and place the bike into neutral. Engage the remote to verify it's working and the starter is disengaging properly.

Items you will need

  • Remote starter kit

  • Wire cutters

  • T-taps

  • Silicon caulk

 How to Install a Remote Starter in a Ford

Use the needle-nose pliers to remove the four pins holding the heat cover in place.

Mount the remote starter on the plastic molding on the inner left of the heat vent with a thin coat of rubber cement.

Open the vehicle's hood and bolt the hood pin from the remote starter kit to the plastic clamp near the vehicle's hood latch. Secure the hood pin with the 6-inch steel bolts and the adjustable wrench.

Thread the gray wire from the remote starter through the heat duct and into the hood of the vehicle. You may need to use an unwound wire hanger to push the wire through the duct.

Pull the gray wire through the hood, routing it along the vehicle's existing wire harness on the driver's side of the hood.

Fasten the gray wire to the hood pin by crimping the ends of the wire around the hood pin.

Thread the red wire from the remote starter up to the vehicle's ignition harness--the large harness running down the steering column.

Solder the end of the red wire to the middle of the ignition harness and wrap the connection area in electrical tape.

Mount the remote starter antenna on top of the driver's side dashboard with the rubber cement.

Run the wire from the antenna undern the dashboard to the remote starter mounted in the heat duct. Plug the antenna wire into the remote starter.

Items you will need

  • Remote starter kit

  • Needle-nose pliers

  • Rubber cement

  • Two 6-inch steel bolts

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Soldering iron

  • Electrical tape

 How to Install a Remote Starter for a Toyota Corolla

Remove the under-dash panel. This will give you access to the Corolla's ignition wiring. Locate the main ignition power, ignition, accessory, and starter wires in the main ignition harness. The horn wire may be found in this harness as well, if it is needed for the installation. Verify all wires with a digital multi-meter and strip a small amount of insulation from them.

Remove the driver's side kick panel. This will provide access to the door lock and unlock wires as well as the parking light, brake light, and security wires. Once these wires are located and tested for function with a digital multi-meter, the wires may be stripped of insulation.

Connect the remote start wiring to the appropriate wires in the car. Solder all connections and seal them with electrical tape. When possible, run all aftermarket wires next to factory wire harnesses, and connect them with nylon wire ties.

Mount the antenna to the windshield. For maximum range, mount the antenna as close to the center of the windshield as possible.

Test the unit for proper operation. Verify the correct operation of the remote start and all installed functions. Arm the factory alarm, if equipped, and confirm that the alarm does not go off when the car is started.

Items you will need

  • Digital multi-meter Wire strippers Wire cutters Electrical tape Solder Soldering iron Nylon wire ties Assorted hand tools

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