How to Install a Push Button Starter

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How to Install a Push Button Starter
Installing a remote starter system is extremely technical, but possible for the advanced do-it-yourselfer. (car keys image by bright from

A push-button starter, also known as a remote or keyless entry starter system, is an aftermarket option that can an exciting and useful function to your car. Push-button starters are great during the winter months, allowing you to avoid the uncomfortable walk outside to warm up the car. Installing a remote starter system can also help you to keep up your car's maintenance and the tuning of your engine, since the system will not work if your engine is not properly maintained and tends to stall on its own.

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Things you need

  • Remote starter set
  • Soldering iron
  • Wire cutters
  • Digital multimeter
  • Screwdriver set
  • Wire strippers
  • Socket wrench set
  • Heat gun
  • Power drill
  • Electrical tape
  • Shrink wrap

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    Consult the vehicle's dealer or contact the manufacturer directly prior to purchasing a remote starter system, in order to make sure that you do not purchase a starter kit that is unsuitable for your car. At this point, it would also be wise to ask for a wiring diagram of your vehicle, so that you will be sure that you are hooking up the correct features of the remote starter system to the corresponding functions of the car.

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    Remove the negative battery cable from your car battery. This will eliminate the risk of electrocution while working on your car's electrical system.

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    Use a socket wrench or a screwdriver to remove the panels and coverings from underneath the driver's console and instrument panel. While doing so, look for a cavity where you might be able to fit the computing unit for your remote starter kit. Be sure to remove panels that are located beneath the dashboard, steering column and driver's side kick panel. You will need to have complete access to all of the wiring from your car in order to install your keyless starter system.

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    Look for a hollow cavity or space where the panels are placed; you can mount the computing unit for the push button starter in that location. Mount the computer by using epoxy or zip ties. Check to make sure that you will still be able to put all of the panels back into place while holding the remote starter computer in the proposed location for mounting.

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    Use a pair of wire strippers to trim the wires (to a length of six inches) and to strip the wires that you do want to use, so that you can solder them to your car's wiring system. The manual for the remote starter kit will tell you which wires match up with certain features. Bundle the rest of the wires together with electrical tape or a zip tie. Use the wire strippers to remove the sheaths from the wires to which you are attaching the keyless system. Expose at least an eighth inch of wire.

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    Label your wires (both on your remote starter computer and your car) by using masking tape and a marker. Use the vehicle's wiring diagram to double-check that you are using the correct wires for your automobile.

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    Solder the wires from the computer and the car together. Use electrical tape to wrap the soldered wire parts. Solder the black wire from the remote starter system to the frame of the car, so that the system is grounded.

  8. 8

    Reconnect the negative battery cable and test all of the functions from the remote starter system to ensure that they work correctly.

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