Start Button Install Progress (part 1)

The first place that I was going to install the button was in the larger hole cover that covers the hole in the dash where accessory switches go, but were not used. However, I found a better location while solving the steering lock issue.  The key cylinder also operates the steering lock, but if I’m not going to use the key to start the car, the steering lock just inconveniences me. I had to remove it.

CRX key cylinder removed
CRX key cylinder removed


 

Removing the key cylinder leaves a open hole in the steering column cover, which happens to be the perfect spot for a start button. After removing the key cylinder the start button has more than enough space in there.  I did have to widen the hole just slightly, but that was an easy job with a razor blade.

Enlarging the key cylinder hole to accommodate the start button
Enlarging the key cylinder hole to accommodate the start button

 

I had to cut notches to accommodate the start button
I had to cut notches to accommodate the start button

 

A nice snug fit
A nice snug fit

 

Wiring up the start button
Wiring up the start button

 

So, the key cylinder hole is probably a great place for most engine start buttons. There’s plenty of space behind it, and if the button your using is smaller, you could make an adapter.

Everything is still in the testing phase, thus the mess of wires…

The Arduino, relay module, and proto-board in the CRX
The Arduino, relay module, and proto-board in the CRX

 

This page is getting to long. I’ll split this into different parts. See you in part 2!

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