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Viper remote start system installation

Learn how to install a remote start system

I've been with Crutchfield since 1999, where I began as one our advisors, helping our customers choose new gear. After a couple of years, I moved to the writing team where I spent a decade researching new products and getting hands on with car stereos, amplifiers, speakers, and subs. Yeah, I've been doing this for a while.

For the past few years, I've been the managing editor of Crutchfield's Car A/V web article content. I couldn't ask for a better job — we get to play with car audio gear every day! I'm a Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outside of work, I love listening to music, playing board games, and installing new audio systems for my friends.

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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    How much does it cost for installation

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/15/2016

    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

    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

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

  • Andreas Anastasiou from Oxnard

    Posted on 5/21/2017

    I need assistance in installing a viper 5706v into my Nissan Frontier 2004

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/22/2017

    Andreas, Remote start systems are very difficult to install properly. We always recommend our customers have a professional installer do the work. We offer a pre-paid InstallCard which will help you find a local installer to do the job prepaid.

  • Arnaud Palmer from Melbourne

    Posted on 9/23/2017

    Hi i have a viper smartstart in my nissan navara and i had a roller top on the tub with a trigger on the tailgate i have since changed my roller to a canopy and im wanting to put tamper switches in so when the canopy is opened the alarm goes off but for some reason there is only one wire coming from the alarm and when the tamper switch is hooked up it wont go off how do i set it with the remote so the back is alarmed and how do i wire it up properly

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/23/2017

    Arnaud, A Viper SmartStart system does not include any security or alarm features. That would be part of your vehicle's factory systems. I'm sure there's an auto shop in your city that can help you with your Navara's security system. That model vehicle is not sold in the US.

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