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Old 05-06-2009, 11:59 PM
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How to make remote starter

Hi, just wondering if some one can tell me if my theory is correct, or rubbish.

I am replacing distributor, and need to find TDC on the compression stoke. The plan is to stik my finger over the hole and crank the motor until i feel compression trying to get past my finger.

But I don't have a remote starter, and my arms don't reach into the cab to turn the key.

I found this somewhere about making a remote starter

'Learned this from a old school mechanic today: Hook a wire(alligator clips work well)to the big post that the + battery cable hooks to on the solenoid & other end of the wire to a toggle switch. Hook another wire to the small post on the solenoid closest to the "+" cable and run that wire to the other post on the toggle switch. Make sure key is on and hit the remote switch. If its a lock on type switch when the engine starts you have to click it to "off" manually to disengage the starter. A spring loaded push button this work better.
If you heard of this already sorry to waste your time.I guess its kinda like arcing across with a pair of pliers with a more little control."

However I dont have a pushbutton switch, or any switch for that matter.

It seems to me the switch is just closing the circuit. So without having a switch, Would I be correct in attaching one of my booster (jump start) cables to the + bit of the solenoid, and the othre booster cable to the small post closest to the + cable, and then just briefly touch them together to get the motor to bump over?

Or will i kill myself/my starter solenoid/engine? If so, is there any other way to hook it up to bump it over without a switch?

Thanks guys, save me from myself!

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Old 05-07-2009, 02:04 AM
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why don't you have someone bump
the car over while you put your finger
over the hole that is how i do it i have my
12 year old son bump the motor of my car over
while i find tdc try that
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yeah would if i could but work nights, so i am on my own during the day, which is the only time I can work on, mates and missus all at work!
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Your idea would work BUT be sure the key is OFF otherwise the motor might start. The other drawback is the large jumper cable is HOT. If you accidently touch ground sparks will fly. Why not visit your local NAPA store. The small remote starter switches are cheap enough and always handy to have.
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sorry for that if you have no one to help
you can go to www.advanceautoparts.com
look under tools then go to Specialty Tools
when you get their put in remote starter
in the search box then you will find it
they have one for around 12.00-15.00
this way you don't kill your self or blow up your car
trying to build one
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cool thanks for the replies guys. I will try the local parts stores but we just don't have the plethora of parts available like you guys, generally you have to pay massive $ or buy second hand for any kind of specialty parts. If its not off a jappa, its hard to get!
I might try it with smaller wires if you think the booster cables would get too hot, at least I know now in theory it should work, even if I have to buy a push button switch as the original post suggested.

Thanks again :-)
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Get a momentary push button switch at a store and wire it up with long leads, Keep the ignition off and bump the motor to TDC.
Cover the button connections with electrical tape. It don't have to be a big switch because you are not drawing a lot of current. Only enough to pull the relay and only for an instant.
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Many years ago I took a spring loaded push button switch, soldered long wires on the terminals, taped the terminals and about 3 inches of the wire, then slipped it into the big end of a plastic grip that goes on the end of bicycle handle bars. I fed the long wires out the small hole in the other end of the grip. Then I put alligator clips on the exposed end of the long wires. The bicycle grip already has a large opening on one end and a small hole on the other, so I didn't even have to cut holes.

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hi guys thanks for your help, took your suggestions.

Managed to find a electric winder switch in the garage, couple of smaller gauge wires to the correct terminals, and bingo, remote starter at zero cost! Initially, it was going to be a temporary solution, but it works so well I will keep it for next time.

Thanks again for the guidance
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