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Viper remote start system installation

Learn how to install a remote start system

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Welcome to this article from the Crutchfield archives. Have fun reading it, but be aware that the information may be outdated and links may be broken.

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.

This video shows an installation in a Nissan Maxima, using the Responder LC3, XpressKit DB-ALL interface and the XpressKit Nissan harness. Check out all of our Viper remote start and alarm products.

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.

Installation steps
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. 

  • eddie j meador from Charleston

    Posted on 10/31/2020

    /I had a after market remote start installed in my 2004 Buick at Barracks in charleston wv .. Barracks has went out of business and I having issues with my remote start. Who can I get to chech/repair the remote start, Help

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 11/2/2020

    Eddie, Sorry about your situation, but it seems that an online search for remote start installers in your area will be a good place to start.
  • John from Ridgefield pk

    Posted on 11/2/2019

    When i changed the batery i my rav4 2015 the remote not working, in the antena de blue ligh stays on all the time, any sugestion

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 11/4/2019

    John, It sounds like your system has been set to valet mode, where even your remote won't start the car. Viper says: "To enter or exit Valet Mode: 1. Turn the ignition on. 2. Turn the ignition off. 3. Press and release the control center button within 10 seconds."
  • Jeff campoli from Bushkill

    Posted on 10/28/2019

    I recently bought a 07 Escalade it has factory remote start but since it also has a biker alarm the factory fobs don't work for the remote start what buttons do I need to press on my 7345v fob in order to remote start it???

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 10/31/2019

    Jeff, If you bought your alarm system from Crutchfield, you could call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. Their toll-free number is on your invoice. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Click on this link for details.
  • Mazen Khabbaz from Hayward

    Posted on 7/7/2019

    Do these things work with the range rover p38?

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 7/9/2019

    Mazen, Go to and enter your vehicle information to see if they have a remote start system that'll work for you.
  • frank reno from WILMINGTON

    Posted on 3/11/2019

    I purchased the vsm 550 upgrade I installed it but how do I activate it. I tried calling directed but says need to be authorized dealer extremely hard to reach them thank you for any help

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 3/12/2019

    Frank, Remote start systems are among the most difficult aftermarket improvements one can do to a vehicle. That's why we recommend hiring professional installers. If you bought your remote starter from Crutchfield, you could call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. Their toll-free number is on your invoice. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Click on this link for details.
  • Jim Julian from Elizabethton, TN

    Posted on 11/27/2018

    Hello, I'm having a really hard time finding a remote start for my 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport. When I do run across one, the units are intended for automatic transmission. Mine is a 6-speed manual transmission. Any suggestions? I just tried the MPC and Fortin websites with no luck. Fortin has one, but automatic transmission is implied but not stated outright. Thank you, Jim Julian

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 11/28/2018

    Jim, Remote start systems are inappropriate for vehicles with a manual transmission. The reason is that if the vehicle has been parked in gear, it could crash and injure or kill someone if it was remotely started. Maybe you can find an installer who can put in a system that'll work with a manual transmission, but we don't recommend it. Viper's Responder LE seems to have this feature - but I don't know if one will fit your vehicle.

    Posted on 8/10/2018

    How do you reprogram the brain for remote start if you change the battery of the car?

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 8/13/2018

    Angel, There is no need to reprogram anything in your remote start system when the car battery's changed out.
  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/1/2018

    Georgette, The answer is a firm maybe. There are a few remote start systems that'll work in most Nissan Versas, but not every model. If you're interested, give us a call and an Advisor can help you qualify your vehicle (model, trim, transmission, radio details, etc) and find out from our vehicle database which remote start, if any, will work in it.

  • Georgette Mullens from Chicago

    Posted on 1/31/2018

    Can you install the viper remote starter to an pre-existing factory alarm on a 2015 Nissan versa?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/23/2017

    Arnaud, A Viper SmartStart system does not include any security or alarm features. That would be part of your vehicle's factory systems. I'm sure there's an auto shop in your city that can help you with your Navara's security system. That model vehicle is not sold in the US.

  • Arnaud Palmer from Melbourne

    Posted on 9/23/2017

    Hi i have a viper smartstart in my nissan navara and i had a roller top on the tub with a trigger on the tailgate i have since changed my roller to a canopy and im wanting to put tamper switches in so when the canopy is opened the alarm goes off but for some reason there is only one wire coming from the alarm and when the tamper switch is hooked up it wont go off how do i set it with the remote so the back is alarmed and how do i wire it up properly

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/22/2017

    Andreas, Remote start systems are very difficult to install properly. We always recommend our customers have a professional installer do the work.

  • Andreas Anastasiou from Oxnard

    Posted on 5/21/2017

    I need assistance in installing a viper 5706v into my Nissan Frontier 2004

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/4/2017

    Ryan, In order to add a remote start function you must add a remote start system to your vehicle's existing system.

  • Ryan k. from Seattle

    Posted on 1/3/2017

    I already have a viper alarm system. I believe it is one of the most basic but I was wondering if it was possible to add on the remote start feature even though my alarm system is already setup and functional

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/15/2016

    David, The price of a remote start installation will vary from shop to shop, but you can buy an InstallCard from Crutchfield (presently $159.99) that'll get your remote starter put in by your local installer.

  • David from Los Angeles

    Posted on 12/15/2016

    How much does it cost for installation

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/8/2016

    Cole, I certainly hope that the gear you have will work together the way you want and with your specific vehicle. If you had purchased your Viper system from Crutchfield, a specialist would have reviewed your order and made sure you got all the right components. The DBALL2, for instance, needs to be flash-programmed for the vehicle. Normally, an alarm system can't remote start a car, but maybe I'm misunderstanding what you have. I recommend you purchase an InstallCard for prepaid professional remote start installation at your choice of over 1500 stereo shops. Then, make an appointment and take your vehicle and all the Viper gear you have and get a professional installer to confirm whether you have the right equipment or not, and if so, install it for you. Installing a remote start system is a very complicated process.

  • Cole Grosvenor

    Posted on 7/7/2016

    I have a new viper alarm with a dball2 module and a viper smart start module. What is the best way to connect all three of those together.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/11/2015

    Justin, I don't think that feature ("3X lock remote start") is available for Viper remote starts, but I do believe it is for other brands. I've forwarded your questions to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member will get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions and help you choose the right remote start for you and your vehicle. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Justin from Mckinney, TX

    Posted on 12/11/2015

    With the Viper system can you program your OEM fob to remote start the car? I've seen installations where if you hit lock 3 times on the OEM fob you can remote start the car. Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Ryan, You can search our online Knowledge Base for some of that information. Just type in the year, make, and model of your vehicle in the question field and click Search. For more extensive wiring information, try looking at forums specificaly geared to your model vehicle.

  • Ryan Thompson from Temple Hills, MD

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Whats is a good website or link for me to lookup the schematics of my car to install my remote start

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