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I have various hobbies, including automotive, electronics, and computer related things. Sometimes I write about these things here.

Cheap PKE, Remote Start/Start Button

I’ve noticed that many people are interested in engine start buttons and the such. These days you can find cheap remote start/push button start modules on Ebay and Aliexpress. But, are they worth buying and the trouble of installing? I’ve purchased a cheap PKE(Passive Key-less Entry) system for $60(USD) from Ebay to find out. Continue reading Cheap PKE, Remote Start/Start Button

USB Charger Install

These days everyone has a device that is charged using a USB port. Sometimes those devices run low on power before the day is through. I thought any passenger who rides in my car would appreciate being able to plug their devices in and charge them. Yes, I could use a charger the plugs into the 12 volt power outlet, but my car only has one in the front, which is not ideal for any passengers in the back seat.
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RFID/NFC with Engine Start Button

A lot of people have been telling me that I should add RFID to my engine start button project. That’s exactly what I did. I’m using an Arduino Nano connected to a  RC522 RFID reader/writer. When the Nano recognizes a scanned RFID tag, it sends a code via serial to the ATMega328 that controls the ignition/accessories/starter motor.  When the ATMega328 receives the code, it enables the engine start functionality. If no RFID tag is scanned or if an incorrect tag is scanned,  pressing the engine start button will not start the engine.

My first test of this setup.

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Civic Type R Coming to America

Honda unveiled a new stunning Civic design this past week at the New York Auto Show. John Mendel, Honda’s executive vice president in the U.S., said “this is the return of the sporty Civic.”

Honda also confirmed that for the first time ever it will release the Civic Type R in the America. The Type R is a more aggressive performer than the Si. Some of the new Civics will have turbocharged engines, with available CVT and 6-speed transmissions. The Honda Civic has been one of America’s best-selling cars for decades. Honda sold in the U.S. more than 300,000 Civics per year for the last 3 years.


How to Install a Start Button

Here’s the best low-cost way to put a fully functional engine start button in your car! Absolutely no key needed to start your car! Just press the button and go!

You may have seen others put engine start buttons in their cars, but they still had to use a key! It’s like, “really, guys? You’re adding a step to starting your car“! You definitely don’t want to be like those idiots. You, you’re much smarter than those hook-it-straight-to-the-starter guys. You know there’s gotta be a better way… and there is!
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