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  1. Itchigo

    Itchigo FEOA Member

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    Kind of unrelated to the project but I had an electrical problem earlier this week. (only the 3rd time in 22 years an Escort has left me stranded). I had to have the car towed home as I went to lunch and the big alternator wire grounded against something and melted. This is while I was driving it. I pulled in the lot where I was having lunch and it wouldn't restart. When I popped the hood I found this. I had though I had smelled something days before, but couldn't find the source. My guess is the alternator wire rubbed against the oxygen sensor wires and grounded out.

    I repaired the connections but have to order an alternator because the terminals welded itself.

    Lunch: $6
    Tow:$151
    Alternator: $60
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/292002094827

    The most expensive lunch I ever had....
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    Maxwelhse FEOA Member

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    Damn... That's an expensive local tow. Chicago AAA (what I have... they cover a few states) is like $80/year for the basic package and you can use it as soon as you buy it. (so keep the AAA # in your phone and just buy a membership immediately if you ever need it towed again).
  3. Itchigo

    Itchigo FEOA Member

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    I guess I need some more help :D (1995 lx sedan)

    I'm looking for connection points and wire colors for the following wires to connect to my remote start.

    Tach signal input (- side of coil)
    Parking light +: Flashes lights when you hit the button
    Horn wire
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    Your tach wire is goito be a. Yellow with dark blue stripe behind the instrument cluster. Thats the best location to find it. The second location is on the ignition Control module which should be on the driver side fender under the hood. There is no actual (-) side if coil on your car.
    The park light wire and the horn wire can both be found in the box of relays that are mounted up under the dash above and to the left of where the clutch pedal mounts. The tail light relay has both connections, the negative trigger from the turn signal stalk and the positive lwire out to the lights after the relay. The ground trigger is light green and the positive out is red with a black stripe.

    The negative horn trigger is dark green with orange stripe.

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    Itchigo FEOA Member

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    Thanks for this! I was hoping to get to this this weekend but...
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    horn trigger can be carefully tapped from under the steering column plastics.

    blinker flash is part of the wiring loom out the very bottom of the fuse panel. its a bit easier to get from there than the relay up in the dash behind the fuse panel.
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    Looking for the tail light wire I believe.

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    Itchigo FEOA Member

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    Thanks for all this. It seems maybe my remote start unit isn't working. I have everything hooked up, and tested that I have the correct power connections, but I can't get any signs of life from my unit (led lights, etc).
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    Got part of it working. Keyless entry works so far. Haven't gotten to the tach wire or the power for the running lights yet. I also score a NOS Cruise control for a Probe, but I need to find the VSS wire. From what I read it's either a dark green or white/black coming off of the computer?
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    these are both for the car escort. What year is the probe?
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    Since the system has it's own accumulator, it shouldn't cause a problem coming from the back of.the brake booster, thats how the original systems were installed in older Fords. But I would tap off the vacuum distribution block. Tee off of the same size hose there.

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    Finishing up the remote start. I used the red/black wire coming off of the Dimmer switch for the flash. Works great. The beeper inside the car goes off when it flashes, but I'm outside the car- who cares? I'm going to try to add the horn wire to this splice so it blinks and beeps.
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    Do you have a tutorial as to how you hooked up your remote start? Where did you get the remote start button? Pics?

    John
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    Itchigo FEOA Member

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    Not yet. I don't have it fully working. The keyless entry works great with my keyfob, I need to add a relay for the trunk button to get it working with the keyfob, right now it's a button with fused power and a switch to the actuator. Works great with no relay. To get it working with the system, I need to add one. I want to add the horn button to the flashing lights when I lock/unlock, but I'm not sure if I'll be over 15amps with parking lights and horn flashing for a second. I also need to see what color the horn wire is, I saw above: "The negative horn trigger is dark green with orange stripe." I'm looking for a positive trigger.

    I don't have the tach wire hooked up yet, and the car makes no attempt to crank if I hit the button. All my other ignition wires are correct, I'm guessing it's a matter of properly programming the keyfob.

    I'll do a writeup when I have it fully working though.
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    The only way to get a positive trigger to the horn is to add a relay. The horn already has one that is triggered by the ground wire. Good to the12volt.com and look for switching a negative circuit with positive trigger

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    I may have to get creative then..... (wife cringes).

    I have a positive wire coming from the remote unit which powers the flashing lights. So can I connect this to the positive wire to the horn? Supposedly this wire is good for a 15 amp circuit. It's hooked to the red/black wire coming off of the dimmer switch. It flashes the lights great, but would the horn and the parking lights be too much?

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