Engine Start Button
- 1 Genuine Honda S2000
- a good crimping tool and
- a few colors (green,
black) 18 gauge copper core wire
- several 18 gauge vampire
taps or or 3M T-Tap Quick Disconnect Terminal and insulated spade style
- electrical tape
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Other misc. tools
replaces the dash mounted factory power outlet and cover with a functional
Engine Start button. The car will not be able to start unless the key is
in the ignition and turned to on. Also, the transmission must be in park
or neutral, or if you have a stick, the clutch must be fully depresses.
several buttons to choose from ranging in price from about $20 to $150, but
they all do the same thing and none is really better then the other.
The S2000 starter
button is fairly inexpensive, its available at $45 from your local Honda dealer
or about $35 shipped to your door from HandA-accessories.com.
If you’d prefer a ford part, the engine start button from the Ford GT is
available form your ford dealer. The part number is 4G7Z 11572 AA and
the Suggested Retail price is $208.42.
this procedure, do not cut any wires. Use Vampire taps or strip the
insulation from the wires and wrap the new connections around the exposed
wire. This will allow you to operate the ignition key as normal and
will allow you to undo the starter button in the future if you so desire.
the center dash. Start by opening the center console compartment.
Remove the 2 Phillips screws on the top by the hinge. Apply the parking
brake up and then pull up the console from the back after pulling the side
pieces of the console away from the lower part of the console. There are
clips there that hold the console tight. Maneuver the console around the
parking brake handle and put it aside. Next, remove the 2 side pieces on
each side of the radio and controls by prying them forward CAREFULLY!!!
There are clips that hold them in place. Next, remove the
center instrument panel finish panel by removing the 6 mounting screws and
disconnecting the 3 connectors. Finally, you will need to remove the
Lower Steering Column Cover. It is just held on with 3 screws.
the Cigarette lighter. From the Center Dash finish panel. This is
where the Start button will mount.
into the starter wire, it's located at the rear of the ignition cylinder,
under the steering column. The starter is the darker solid green wire as
shown in the picture. The green wire is covered in electrical tape;
you need to remove the tape to find the wire. Use a vampire tap or 3M
T-Tap Quick Disconnect Terminal to splice a piece of green stranded copper
wire to this connection. Feed the wire through dash near the cigarette
- Next, the switch needs power. A convenient
source is the hot lead from the cigarette lighter connector.
This is the blue wire w/ stripe. Tap into this wire and attach the red
3 amp fused lead to this wire. The only problem with using
this source is that the light on th button will always be on. It
does not draw a lot of power so there is no need to worry about it
draining the battery. The good thing about using this source is that
if you forget your keys, you can provide accessory power to the car for
about 10-15 minutes. This will allow you to put the windows/top uo
or down, listen to music, use your wipers, etc. Overall, I think the
advantages of using this source far outweighs the inconvenience of having
the light on all the time.
- Finally, attach a black wire to ground.
- Now you need to make the connections. Get a 5 pin computer
floppy drive power connector and attach pin 1 to the green starter wire, pin 2 to the red
power wire and pin3 to the black ground wire. The other pins are not
used. Connect plug to the switch and test it. if you need to purchase a power cable, you can get one here for about $5/pair.
the switch and install it on the Center panel. You will need to open
the hole up with a Dremel tool or small file and cut small slots for the
ribs on the button. Remove as little material as possible for a tight fit.
the center dash panel, center console and steering column cover by
reversing the procedure above.
I did not take
pictures while I was doing this mod. The idea and some of the pictures for
this came from the starter button thread on the Mustang Source forum.