INSTALLING A REMOTE STARTERImagine being able to start your car, let the engine warm up, and have ice-cold AC or your heater running full-blast before you even step outside - that's the advantage of a remote starter. And while it may seem like a big upgrade, with a little know-how and the right parts and tools, you can install one yourself.
Choosing a Remote StarterAlthough there are ways to install a remote starter on a vehicle with a manual transmission, it's easiest if you have a vehicle with an automatic transmission.
Before you purchase a remote starter, make sure it will work with your vehicle. Today's vehicles play host to a variety of complex electronic equipment, some of which may impede your ability to install a remote starter on your vehicle. Read the application notes carefully. If the manufacturer of the remote starting unit clearly states that their unit will work on your vehicle, chances are you won't have any trouble with the installation.
Tools & SuppliesSome remote starting units come with all the tools and supplies needed to complete the installation. Other units may require additional electrical connectors, nuts, and bolts. You will need the following items, and perhaps more, to complete the installation.
Basic hand tools, including wrenches, ratchets and sockets, and screwdrivers
A soldering iron, solder, and flux - use rosin core solder for best results
In lieu of a soldering iron, you may elect to crimp the connections using butt connectors and an adequate crimping tool
The InstallationSpecific installation instructions should be included with your remote starter unit. If your unit did not come with any instructions at all, you may be able to find them with a quick Internet search. Before you start, be sure to have a workshop manual for your specific vehicle on hand.
For more specific instructions, consult the documentation that came with your remote starter unit.
Troubleshooting the Remote StartBe sure to test your unit after installation.
Your remote starter unit should turn the car's engine just as quickly as if you were using the key to start it. If the starter turns slower with the remote starter than it does with the key, double check all your electrical connections to ensure that they do not draw more power than they should.
If the unit does not work at all, double and triple check all your electrical connections to ensure that they are properly connected to the vehicle's wiring harness.