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.
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.
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.