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post #1 of 9 Old 11-10-2010, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Install a remote starter (generic brand, 1 button style)

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I'm just wondering how it's hard to install a remote starting system on a 2k10 Jeep Compass (4WD, CVT2)? I'm located in north Quebec (Canada) and winter here are very cold and a remote starting system is a must-have!

I got a friend who sell car electronics and he offer me a simple 1-button generic remote start system and a specific bypass/MUX module for the Jeep Compass.

Because the Compass have the keyless entry remote built into the key, I don't see the point of hooking up the door locks and panic button to the remote starter control... in my mind, if I don't hook up any extra features on the remote, it gonna make the installation a lot easier, true?

So how complicated is the installation? Anybody have written a "HOW-TO" for that? In fact I never do installation of remote starting system, but I do a few aftermarket keyless entry system and I do SEVERAL custom audio system installation in many brand/model of cars.

Thank you very much!!!


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Well I'm not sure I understand what you mean. You can't install any generic remote starter from eBay or other source without adding a specific bypass/mux module for your Jeep Compass because the Compass used a electronic controller starting system, so you can't hook up the remote starter directly on the "starting" wire in the main harness of the car like older cars. My 2k10 Chevy Cobalt was exactly the same than the Compass.

But with the correct specific bypass module you should be able to use ANY generic remote starting system...
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The Compass absolutely needs a module that "speaks" with the ECU for any alarm or remote starter. And the best module to use depends on the brand of your remote starter.

The installation of a remote starter is really complex and should be done by a professional only and even more on vehicles like the compass when the ECU commands everything.


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Well, what you're talking about is called a "multiplexer / bypass combo module". The company "XpressKit" (a brand made of Directed USA) build some cheap and good ones for around 30$. The installation is pretty straight forward, you have around only 3 wires to hook up to the ECU and you need to program the module using both of the factory remotes/keys and that's it. This module provide you the "STARTER WIRE" where you connect the "STARTER OUTPUT" of the remote start module.

Actually I'm pretty confortable with the bypass/MUX module and remote start module wire side. Where's I'm not sure is the vehicule's side of the wires... I'm not sure where all required wires are located in the car... you know what I mean?

For my old 2k3 Chevy Cavalier I found somewhere on the web a VISUAL how-to showing pictures where's the required wires are located in the car. That's exactly what I'm looking for my Compass. Sometime some wires are hard to find or kinda hidden...
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Yeah I know what you mean, but I've searched for Compass wiring diagram before and I never found one.

And the bypass module that was used for my 2-way alarm/starter combo is a "idatalink" and worth 100$.


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and thats why i paid the money to have mine installed by the pro's, this area doesnt have alot of info surrounding the do it yourselfer. i thought about installing mine myself for about 1 minute while i looked at the wiring diagrams, then booked an appointment with certified radio.


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I'm a technician in computers/electronics/networking so reading diagrams is part of my job daily, so it's not a problem at all. The only part I'm not perfectly sure about is the vehicle's side or the install... anyway thank you for all yours comments, I'm gonna figure out myself out to install that.

BTW I ask most of the local shops where they do remote start install and they are all asking around 250-300$ (CDN) for the MOST basic model available... it's totally outrageous considering I can get all the required material (remote start + bypass/MUX unit) for under 100$... 150-200$ for labor! WTF!?
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