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post #1 of 35 Old 21st July 2007, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on installing push engine start button?

If anybody has done this before, can you please help me with what wires are what in the ignition. I am done with installing the push button just need to connect the wires coming out of the relay to the cars ignition wires.

Ignition has 2 green wires, 1 purple wire, 3 red wires and one black and yellow wire. I want to know which ones is the ignition power wire and which one is the starter power wire.

Here is are picture of all the wires exposed. I am stuck
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post #2 of 35 Old 21st July 2007, 02:04 AM
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If I remember correctly from my Kit ... It's Yellow (from switch or button) to Starter (Black/yellow or Green/Black) ... Red (from switch or button) to Ignition (green wire) and Black to e-brake or to ground, which ever is your **preference.

This is of course IF you are using the Z8 Starter Button Kit. (SEE BELOW) ++

** Preference meaning is: IF you connect the BLACK wire to the e-brake ... The e-brake would have to be pulled UP for the Starter Button to work.

That is of course IF you are using the Z8 Starter Button Kit.

++ This is assuming that the color wires coming from the Z8 starter button harness are as follows: Yellow for Starter ... Red for Ignition and Black for Ground.

I hope this helps you and does not confuse the issue.
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The kit came with a relay also. So am using the starter switch and relay together. The green wires are the IGN wires but which is the starter wire, the black and yellow one???? Input highly appreciated...dont want the beast to be down as its the weekend guys.....anybody...

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Does this replace the keyed ignition entirely? If so, doesn't it compromise security and if not, how does it increase function? Seems to add a step to starting the car.


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post #5 of 35 Old 21st July 2007, 10:02 PM
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I figured it out on my own....but the link in the previous post is helpful.

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Glad to see it all worked out.

Mine has No Relay.

The Button gets its power from the ignition (which btw is Yellow & Black ... OR ... Green & Black {from the ignition} depending on the vin # of the M5. BMW Changed the ignition wire color for no apparent reason)

Rick ... NO ... It does NOT replace the Key entirely BUT it can if you want to do some add'l wiring BUT ... It's designed to work in conjunction with the Key ... For the obvious safety reasons.
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I think *IMO* installing a keypad would be cool. put in a code like the movie "The Transporter" to get the car to start. it might make a quick getaway difficult, but then you wouldn't have to worry about your wife/ someone else taking the car when you're out of town.
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Interesting. I hear the newer cars are going to (of not already) have a push button starter that works in conjunction with a "card" type of device that you can keep in your wallet. Now that's something I would be interested in doing. If I still need to use the key just not worth it. IMO.

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Are you referring to "keyless go"? High-end Mercs have a key fob that when in close proximity to the car will not only unlock the car but also enables the keyless pushbutton start.

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