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Five Hours ...

I spent today installing a remote starter into one of our cars. And I'm not nearly done. I hope the weather holds through tomorrow so I can finish the project without getting frostbite.

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elusivebyte
Jan. 3rd, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
I've been thinking of doing the same thing recently. My drive to and from work is only about 8 minutes. Five of those are spent cold. But I think I would rather pay a professional. How much did your system cost? I heard from friends that their's cost $200 or so installed.
hostirad
Jan. 3rd, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
The cost of professional installation in my town is $250, which is why I went the route of installing it myself, at a cost of $80 for the unit and 7 hours of whatever my time is worth. I look at it as part of the gift I was giving my son, who is the principal driver for the car.

The installation was successful, by the way. I had a scare when I got to the point where the wiring was done, I went through an initialization process, and the initialization failed. The instructions when initialization failed told me to check the troubleshooting section, which gave a dozen possibilities and suggested solutions. I picked the possibility that seemed most reasonable, tried it, and it worked. It is pretty cool to push a button inside the house and watch the car start up in the driveway.

Most people, especially people who regularly work on cars, should be able to do the installation easily, in much less than seven hours. I spent two hours alone on finding a way to run some wires through the firewall without drilling any holes. It took me a while to figure out how to do certain things that were not explicit in the instructions, such as how to mount the hood release shut-off switch and how to actually connect the units' wires to the existing ignition wires. The instructions suggested soldering all connections--but where? There are no open terminals. I ended up jamming the stripped ends of wires into the back of connector plugs and securing them with electrical tape. This trick has worked for me when I have modified my PC--except for the time a wire came loose made smoke pour out of my computer.
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