DIY Car Starter Installation

An Easy Guide to DIY Car Starter Installation

Performing a DIY car starter installation is not a very easy job so you should be aware of the risks involved before getting started. Not doing it properly will not only cause the starter not to work, but can also damage the car's electronics so, if you feel you are not up to the task, leave it to a qualified technician. However, if you have some experience with DIY car repairs, particularly electronics, then you can pull this off by following these steps.

  • Check for compatibility. Not all starters will work on any car so the first thing to do is to make sure that the one you have selected is compatible with your automobile. Before you start actually doing anything, read through the installation manual carefully and have your owner's manual on hand.
  • Find a place for the main module. The module that operates the starter will need to be located in a place close enough so that the wires reach, but also a place which does not vibrate or overheat. Common areas used for this purpose include the center console or the spaces above the glove compartment or radio.
  • Remove the front seat. This step is optional, but it will give you more room to work so it is recommended.
  • Connect the wires. You will need to use a soldering iron in order to connect the wires and a relay if there is more than one wire for the ignition or the starter. When laying out the wires under the dashboard, make sure that they do not get into contact with any sharp objects.
  • Make sure you know what each wire is for. There are several wires which are included with every starter kit and must be connected. These are the power wire which is connected to the battery, the ignition wire which powers the ignition system, the accessory wire which powers the air conditioning, the starter wire which supplies the starter solenoid with power and the wires for the brake and parking lights. After these wires are connected you can also connect the tachometer wire which is harder to find, but you can use your car's owner's manual for that. Optional components such as anti-theft devices will also need to be connected.
  • Test the wires. A digital multi meter would be very useful in this situation in order to test that all wires are connected properly.
  • Secure the wires. Once the wires are done, you should use screws or wraps in order to secure them in place behind the dashboard.