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Viper remote start system installation

Learn how to install a remote start system

Robert Ferency-Viars is the managing editor for the Crutchfield car A/V learning content, and has been with the company since 1999. A Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he loves spending time with his wonderful wife and sons, listening to music, writing, and playing games with friends. Robert's love for car audio began at 16 when he installed his first car stereo.

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Installing a remote start system in a car

One of the best tools in the fight against cold temperatures is a remote start system for your car — so when it’s freezing outside, your vehicle will be all toasty and ready to roll when you get in it. Viper, the most popular brand of security and remote start systems, adds a whole new level of ease and convenience to your driving fun.

You'll also get some peace of mind along with convenience. The Viper Responder LC3 security system includes Starter Kill, which prevents hot-wiring, and a dual-stage shock sensor, which tells a siren to chirp a warning and then unleash ear-splitting blasts when an intrusion occurs. Additional features include 24/7 roadside assistance with your SmartStart service plan (subscription required), and SmartPark, which remembers where you parked and provides directions back to your car when you need them.

This video shows an installation in a Nissan Maxima, using the Responder LC3, XpressKit DB-ALL interface and the XpressKit Nissan harness. Check out all of our Viper remote start and alarm products.

Viper remote start installation video transcript

Adding a remote start system to your car is about more than the simple convenience of being able to start the car indoors when the weather turns cold. You also get peace of mind from the included security features. We installed a Viper Responder LC3 system in a co-worker’s Nissan Altima. It includes a GPS module that works with a smartphone app, and even gives her 24/7 roadside assistance with a subscription to Viper’s service plan.

Can you install a remote start system yourself?
As you can see here, installation involves a number of harnesses and translator boxes. Connecting them all is a very complicated process. Because of this, we recommend professional installation if you’ve never installed a security system before. But, for the intrepid DIYer, there are vehicle-specific harnesses and modules which will make your job easier.

Installation steps
To make our installation go as smoothly as possible, we first connect all of our harnesses and wires, taping off and separating any wires not used. That keeps things neat and organized, and also guards against potential shorts. Then we connect the harnesses to the appropriate translator boxes. Next, we remove trim panels and route the various wires for power, ground, and GPS antenna. Once it’s all back together, it’s time for a test.

So if you’re interested in adding the convenience and safety of a remote start system to your vehicle, just give Crutchfield a call. 

  • Ryan Thompson from Temple Hills, MD

    Posted on 8/10/2015 1:36:50 AM

    Whats is a good website or link for me to lookup the schematics of my car to install my remote start

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015 3:30:49 PM

    Ryan, You can search our online Knowledge Base for some of that information. Just type in the year, make, and model of your vehicle in the question field and click Search. For more extensive wiring information, try looking at forums specificaly geared to your model vehicle.

  • Justin from Mckinney, TX

    Posted on 12/11/2015 12:36:14 PM

    With the Viper system can you program your OEM fob to remote start the car? I've seen installations where if you hit lock 3 times on the OEM fob you can remote start the car. Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/11/2015 1:46:11 PM

    Justin, I don't think that feature ("3X lock remote start") is available for Viper remote starts, but I do believe it is for other brands. I've forwarded your questions to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member will get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions and help you choose the right remote start for you and your vehicle. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Cole Grosvenor

    Posted on 7/7/2016 8:33:30 PM

    I have a new viper alarm with a dball2 module and a viper smart start module. What is the best way to connect all three of those together.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/8/2016 9:36:29 AM

    Cole, I certainly hope that the gear you have will work together the way you want and with your specific vehicle. If you had purchased your Viper system from Crutchfield, a specialist would have reviewed your order and made sure you got all the right components. The DBALL2, for instance, needs to be flash-programmed for the vehicle. Normally, an alarm system can't remote start a car, but maybe I'm misunderstanding what you have. I recommend you purchase an InstallCard for prepaid professional remote start installation at your choice of over 1500 stereo shops. Then, make an appointment and take your vehicle and all the Viper gear you have and get a professional installer to confirm whether you have the right equipment or not, and if so, install it for you. Installing a remote start system is a very complicated process.

  • David from Los Angeles

    Posted on 12/15/2016 1:55:12 AM

    How much does it cost for installation

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/15/2016 10:58:41 AM

    David, The price of a remote start installation will vary from shop to shop, but you can buy an InstallCard from Crutchfield (presently $159.99) that'll get your remote starter put in by your local installer.

  • Ryan k. from Seattle

    Posted on 1/3/2017 11:02:43 PM

    I already have a viper alarm system. I believe it is one of the most basic but I was wondering if it was possible to add on the remote start feature even though my alarm system is already setup and functional

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/4/2017 4:08:42 PM

    Ryan, In order to add a remote start function you must add a remote start system to your vehicle's existing system.

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