How to Install a Generator Remote Start Kit

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What You'll Need
Wireless remote start kit
Remote start connector
Safety gloves

A generator remote start kit will eliminate the need to be physically at your generator unit in order to start it. Once the start button is pushed, it will send a signal to the remote start kit, which will allow the engine to start immediately.

Step 1 - Look for Remote Start Connector

The remote start connector for the generator is usually located at the back of the control panel. Once you have located this, remove the plug from the connector.

Step 2 - Insert the Connector

A remote will have a connector, such as a 6-prong connector. Insert this into the remote start unit.

Step 3 - Remove the Backing

Take off the backing from the hook and loop strips on the back of the remote start unit. Then attach this to the side of the panel.

Step 4 - Find and Remove the Nut

Look for the nut on the battery side of the starter. This will be the positive side. In some remote start units, it will be located beneath and to the left of the generator’s start panel. Remove the nut. Join the red wire from the remote and the positive battery cable. Then put the nut back into its original position.

Step 5 - Turn the Key Switch On

Whether or not you will need to do this last step depends on the model of the remote start kit that you have purchased. Some models are designed for a wired remote start, which means that you will need to keep the key switch turned ON in order for the remote start to be activated. However, this will use up the battery. You can leave the key switch in the on position for up to a week without starting the generator. After that, the voltage will be reduced to below the voltage needed to make the generator start.

Following these steps will successfully activate your wireless remote start system. Before you begin the installation, make sure that you read the manual and follow all the instructions to the letter. Beginners should buy remote start kits that are simple and easy to install. Sometimes all you need to do is toggle a switch and plug in a wire. Save the complicated generator start kits for people who have more experience.

If you are confused about any of the instructions, you can try to ask for assistance at the store where you bought the remote start kit. You can also check online forums to interact with other people who have bought similar remote start kits. There are many people who are all willing to offer advice and help.

As long as you follow the instructions and ask for help if you need it, you should not have any problems installing your generator remote start kit.