A remote starter is a device that allows a driver to start the car from a remote location, such as the inside of a house or office. The main benefits of a remote starter are to allow a car to warm up prior to being driven and to run the heat or air conditioner so as to establish an ambient internal temperature before the driver enters. Some newer cars have factory-installed remoter starters, but if you own a Honda Civic you will have to install an after-market remote starter.
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Things you need
- Remote starter kit
- Needle nose pliers
- Rubber cement
- Two 6-inch steel bolts
- Adjustable wrench
- Wire hanger
- Electrical tape
- Soldering iron
Open the Civic's bonnet and disconnect the vehicle's battery. Make sure that the car is turned off before doing this.
Remove the heat cover underneath the driver's side dashboard by pulling out the four pins holding the cover in place. Use the needle nose pliers to remove the pins.
Affix the remote starter on the plastic moulding on the inner left of the heat vent using a thin coat of rubber cement.
Bolt the hood pin from the remote starter kit to the plastic clamp near the Civic's hood latch. Use the 6-inch steel bolts and the adjustable wrench to secure the hood pin in place.
Unwind the wire hanger and attach some electrical tape to the end. Use the hanger to push the grey wire (the power wire) from the remote starter through the heat duct and into the engine area of the Civic.
Pull the grey wire around the engine, routing it along the vehicle's existing wire harness located on the driver's side of the hood. Fasten the grey wire to the hood pin by crimping the ends of the wire around the hood pin with your hands. If necessary, secure the wire to the hood pin with a small amount of electrical tape.
Feed the red wire (the ignition wire) from the remote starter up to the vehicle's ignition harness. On a Honda Civic, the ignition harness is located behind the steering column. Solder the end of the red wire to the gauge wire in the middle of the ignition harness and wrap the connection area in electrical tape.
Thread the remote starter's ground wire through the heat duct and secure it to a ground (such as a metal object) under the Civic's hood. Wrap the ends of the ground wire around the ground and crimp firmly with your hands.
Mount the remote starter antenna on the top of the driver's side dashboard with the rubber cement. Run the wire from the antenna underneath the dashboard to the remote starter mounted in the heat duct. Plug the antenna wire into the remote starter.
Reconnect the Civic's battery and make sure the car's lights and electrical system are functioning properly. Test the remote starter to ensure that it works.
Tips and warnings
- You can order the remote starter kit from an automotive aftermarket parts supplier such as Auto Parts Warehouse, directly from Honda, or from an electronics retailer such as RadioShack.
- Always wear appropriate clothing when working with automobiles, particularly engines. Close-toed shoes, gloves and eye protection should be worn at all times.
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