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Figols
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11/19/2004
15:03:14

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I looked it up in the archives and I see the same problem I have, but I don't see a solution mentioned. Disclaimer.....I've installed several remote starters in varous vehicles without any problems, so I know how to do it.

I've installed a remote starter on my '00 4.7 auto and I have a check engine light when it is started remotely. According to the arhcives it is VERY common for the 99 & 00 Dakota. Has anyone figured out how to wire it correctly? One post in '01 said it took the installation shop 6 months to fix it, but they didn't know what the remedy was.

I have a Bulldog system that uses the original keyless remote. I've contacted Bulldog and they don't know how to fix it. I tried a Design one originally and had the same problem with the same response from their tech department. Someone has to know by now how to install one correctly! Anyone??????

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HSKR
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11/19/2004
15:28:43

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I installed a remote start on my '99 that used the factory remote and had no problems with it. Also, had a remote start/alarm installed on my '00 and haven't had any problem with it either. Sounds like maybe there is a signal that the PCM isn't picking up that is related to the remote start. I'd start by making sure you have the correct wiring diagram for your vehicle(every model year is different) and double check to make sure everything is hooked up properly. What is the MIL code that is shown for the check engine light?? Do the keyon/key off trick to check your codes. Knowing what the code is will help troubleshoot it.



Figols
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11/19/2004
15:55:07

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Off the top of my head the code is a 1648 which seems to be the common code. It basically means that the TCM isn't getting a signal. The way I undersatnd it is this is a problem that happens with the 4.7 because it has the electronic 45rfe tranny. It seems like there is another ignition wire that needs to be hooked up, but I don't know. I have a factory shop manual which is correct for my truck, but doesn't seem to match the on line wiring diagrams. I'm sticking with my factory manual diagram. My starter module has 2 ignition inputs, but I think there is a 3rd some where that will most likely have to be relayed? I don't hink they can be joined together safely.

For your '00, do you remember how many ignition wires you needed to hook up?
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HSKR
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11/19/2004
16:09:40

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Can you re-check the code?? I'm not finding anything for P1648 listed for Dodge vehicles. Only found it for a Ford which was knock sensor code.

As far as how many ignition wires I hooked up, I don't know. I had the alarm with remote start professionally installed so I could have a warranty on it.



Figols
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11/21/2004
18:23:56

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Thanks to my handy dandy factory shop manual I actually found the correct ignition wire! It is a green w/red stripe 18 gauge wire that runs along the column harness. There are two of them, but obviously the one with juice with the key on is the one. In total I only needed to hook up two ignition wires. The others aren't needed for the remote start to work. What a PITA this one was! Now I have remote start that works with my original keyless entry key fob. Finally! I've tried this several times since I bought the truck new in '00!



Lurking Troll
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11/23/2004
10:19:53

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I too have installed several remote starters, and several GPS tracking modules with remote shutdown capibility. I'm curious what button you used to trigger remote start from the factory key fob. On the ProStart modules, there is a positive trigger wire to activate the module (ie; touch this wire to positive and it will start the car). Is this what you used?

As a side note, I did an amazing install on a friends Dodge Daytona. He commuted by train, and wanted to be able to start the car while still 5 minuites away from the station. I took a standard numarical pager with vibration apart, and used the vibration motor output to trip a relay in the car. The relay applied 12 volts to the remote trigger wire for the Prostart module, which in turn started the car. In this way, he could use his cell phone to call a pager number, and it would warm the car from anywhere in the country.



Figols
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11/23/2004
10:47:18

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I bought a Bulldog system that can be used with either the supplied remote or the factory remote. I bought a Design tech originally that worked the same way, but was a little more complicated to install. As for the trigger I hit the lock button on the key fob 3 times and the truck starts. I used a relay to convert the (+)signal from the lock wire out of the factory control module(NOT the lock motor as the starter manual states)to a (-) signal that the remote start module needs. This way it will only start with the key fob and not the lock switch on the door. I connected it to the aux input of the remote start module. I actually found this one on sale at Walmart(of all places)for $40.00 last year.



Snael
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12/31/2022
15:36:57

RE: Remote starter???
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Has anybody had any problems with
putting a remote starter on a 2007
Dodge Dakota 3.7 L automatic?
And which kind was used
successfully.
Thanks for the help.



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