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How to Remove a Remote Car Starter

by Dianne Christensen-Herman

Remote controlled car starters offer you the convenience of warming up your car before you get into it. However, they can respond to commands from transmitters other than the ones they are programmed to. To avoid the occurrence of another person starting or entering your car, you may want to remove the remote starter altogether. This task requires some knowledge of the vehicle's motor and electrical system, as well as a few household tools.

Set your car's parking brake. Pop the hood and prop it open.

Put on work gloves to protect your hands. Use a wrench to remove the negative battery cable from the battery.

Find the car starter located beneath the dashboard on the driver's side. Use wire cutters to snip the cable or plastic ties securing the car's starter.

Loosen the screws on the car starter's wire module with a Phillips-head jeweler's screwdriver. Lift the wires off the screws with your fingers.

Lift the remote module from the car starter. Follow the wires attached to the module up to the fuse box located underneath the dashboard.

Use wire cutters to snip the wires coming from the module at the point they meet the contacts to the fuse box. Wind pieces of electrician's tape around the cut ends of the wires to insulate them.

Using wire cutters, snip the tachometer wire attached to the car's starter module inside the hood. Wind a piece of electrician's tape around the end of the wire to insulate it. Use wire cutters to snip the plastic ties securing the module.

Reconnect the negative cable to the car's battery. Return the locking rod to its original position inside the hood and close the lid.

Tip

  • Avoid removing wiring other than that used for the car starter or it could cause problems with the vehicle's electrical system.

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