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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-20-2003, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Dakota Auto-start question

I have a 2000 Dakota and was trying to install an auto-start for it.

Seems that the "box" will pick up and all the lights come on as they are suppose to, but it will not crank.

This is a cheapo model....BullDog RS82i

I have no power door locks, windows, or alarm system on it.
I bought the T Harness for it so I would not have to splice into the wires. What is strange is the fact that whenn I started probing the wires for voltages after it wouldn't work I was getting the 12 volts for the constant, but when I would try the "ON" position or the "crank" position it would drop to 6-7 volts. But it will work just fine with the key?????

Am I missing something here? I took the unit back to the store and got another one, thinkg that maybe the module was bad, but I got the same results.

All the wires for the T-Harness are correct. Any suggestions?
I already called the tech line at BUllDog...they said switch the crank and accessory wire, which I did, with the same results. Then he told me the module was bad. Thats when I got the new one. They can't all be bad.....LOL?
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Are the relays built into the brain of the unit or are they separate? Many of those cheaper units like that are very, very underbuilt and I've seen more than one self destruct because they simply couldn't handle the current requirements of starting and keeping a vehicle running. From the low voltage readings you're getting it sounds like this may be the case. The car is trying to draw more current than the module is capable of supplying and the voltage is dropping. Personally, I'd give up on the elcheapo remote starts and save up for a quality one. ;)

One other thing, you may want to make sure that all your ignition and accessory lines are powered. Most vehicles have more than one ignition and/or accessory feed in the ignition switch. Failing to power one or more could also produce the same results...
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Thanks.
Yes the relays are built into the "brain box".I have isolated all the ignition, accessory, and cranking wires. But I am getting the low voltage readings also when I probe the "original harness" using the the keyswitch.....If I can't figure this out, I will probably just go have one put in at the shop. I am an electrician by trade (industrial)....and I feel pretty bad that I can't figure this out.

Thanks for the response.
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Don't feel too bad about it. Many of them are not as simple as they seem. I got my ass kicked on a few back when I was getting started too... :blush:
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MikeMopar....check out DAKOTAUSA.COM for everything concerning your Dakota. There's tons of technical help on that site. I use the same screen name on that site.
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OK Thanks Intreper..will check it out
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hey mike,
I had a 2000 dakota and i installed the same one on mine. no problems.. only think i can think of.. make sure the hood switch is hooked up right. the truck shouldnt start with the hood up.
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my grandma has one of those Bulldog auto-starter things on her intrepid. it works fine after her having it for like 3 years now
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First of all, thanks for your help and input. I did finally find the problem. I was at work today and this auto start thing was buggin the shit out of me. Then it hit me......the electronics in the box worked good. But when I would check the original harness for voltage I was getting low voltages right around 6-8 volts.

The electronics didn't need a really good ground to work, but the starter does. I changed the ground from where I was taking my first readings to a much better ground and got full voltage. Reconnected the auto-start again using this ground and everything worked just fine.

Again, thanks for everything, you folks are great. Always willing to help. I hope to meet some of you in the coming months.

Peace.
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aww doesnt it make you all feel warm and fuzzy inside?? lol
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