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:evileye I need a little help troubleshooting a remote start I just installed.


Vehicle = 2003 Ford Escape

R/S = Avital 4200

Bypass Unit = 555u

I printed up all wiring info, I tested all of the factory wires, I ran a 12v from battery through the firewall (because 12v constant is only rated 10amp in this vehicle)... etc. etc.

To make a long story short...

In the end, I was able to learn tach... BUT... when I tried to remote start, it activated the unit, and would NOT crank. I've done all the troubleshooting I could think of with no success. I have a feeling this is a rather simple issue, I just cannot think of an answer on my own. Just to give you an idea of some of the things I have tested for, here's a short list... and yes... I am a newbie

1. Tested for a good connection on all 12v/Ground wires. good.

2. Tested for Remote Start "Crank" with spare key in ignition (off position), nothing.

3. Re-tested all factory wires for continuity and Voltage. good.

4. Made sure I had Purple starter wire going to key side starter, and Green starter wire going to starter side starter. good.

5. Ensured that the neutral safety switch was "ON". good.

6. Ensured that all cables were secure, plugged in, and well connected. good.

Thanks in advance!

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Thanks for the response seracis, but I'm afraid this was an overlook on my part.

purple starter wire -----> starter side, not key side

green starter wire ------> key side, not starter side

I really do appreciate you taking the time to respond anyhow. Thanks!

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I was reading that and was lik THERE IT IS and as I was going to type it, I saw you had corrected it. :lol6

as a side note the way I remember those, is the purple wire is for starter like some OOOLD GM vehicles :lol6

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Damn, I also saw the problem, and was going to tell you how to fix it, also you should know, you don't need the green wire at all, you can just use the purple, and splice into the starter wire, which saves cutting the starter wire, any questions, just let me know

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Thank you all for the responses and good info. I'm trying to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can. Being a newbie, and still trying to understand it all... it really helps to have a good community of installers to communicate with. Thanks again!

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