HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

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HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by JayW » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:13 pm

An idiots guide!

Having done it many times now I thought i'd document the process.

Many cars no longer have working Plips or never had one installed in the first place, so you may wish to install your own with the added benefit of not having to point your fob through the window!

The installation costs less than a tenner and takes half an hour for the more adept hands or an hour for the novice.

To carry out the job you will require:
10mm socket wrench
Wire snips
Electrical tape
Soldering iron (optional)
One of these (or similar) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280935117931" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The process:
Your central locking controller is located under here:

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After sliding the left front seat right forward just pop the oddment pocket out of the back of the console (pictured) & remove the 10mm nut & washer, then at the front of it remove the round plastic cap & remove the 10mm bolt. With the handbrake in the UP position just lift the console up from the back and fold forward until it removes completely. (some higher spec models have a 12v accessory socket in the back of the console, this will need to be unplugged).

This will reveal this:

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Unplug the module so you can't damage it (it has a constant live connection)

The plug is numbered thus:

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Now you will need to look at your Chinenglish instruction manual that came with your kit. You are normally presented with 3 options. Negative Trigger, Positive Trigger, Positive AND Negative Trigger. For the BX you will require the NEGATIVE TRIGGER diagram.

Something like this:

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The installation requires only 4 wires: Live, Negative, Lock Trigger and Unlock Trigger. (on some kits you may have to bridge a pair of wires for the triggers making 6 wires but they still only connect to 4 on the car). Trim the loom that came with your kit leaving 6-8 inches of wires as there's little space for excess. Most of these kits can also trigger your lights to flash too but I've found that pointless and the original Plip didn't!

Once you have identified the wires required connect them to the wires on the above plug in the following order (I splice & solder but you can use whatever method you prefer but not scotchblocks, they're crap):

Lock Trigger to either wire at number 7
Unlock Trigger to either wire at number 5
Negative at number 2
Positive (live) at number 1 - Ensure this one is very well insulated.
Gather & tape up the remaining spare wires.

It should then look something like this:

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Refit the original control module & test. You should now have Remote Central Locking! Well Done!

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Refit the centre console with the original module back in the correct place, the new module will fit snuggly down the opposite side of the handbrake. Ensure you route the cable neatly and well away from the handbrake levers mechanism, then refit the oddment tray.

Tidy up, put a plaster on that cut, make tea & feel smug.
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by Mickey taker » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:32 pm

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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by JayW » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:34 pm

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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by electrokid » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:05 am

Nice one Jay =D>
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by Defender110 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:36 am

Excellent, I will be giving this a try. Spot on thanks Jay.
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by KevR » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:20 pm

Top advice. I haven't got any need for remote locking (and neither car ever had it from new as far as I know) but I did wire up my Kawasaki project bike with keyless ignition using one of these (apologies for the long link):
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC-12V-Remote ... 3346wt_815" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I'm sure it would do just the same job as the unit you've used, the advantage being it appears to be a lot smaller - about the size of a matchbox, from memory.
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by saintjamesy89 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:31 am

Would it be possible to purchase a used citroen plip, take all the bits out and transfer the internal bits from the kit plip to it and it still work? Reason is that most of the kit plips are hideously plasticcy or just hideous.

Great write up Jay, i'll be treating the GT to remote locking at some point then \:D/
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by JayW » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:40 am

Not really i'm afraid, the plip only has one button and it's mounted on the side of the pcb.

My remotes are different to the ones in the picture and actually look similar to the standard Sigma ones.

There are loads of different ones if you shop around.
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by toddao » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:13 am

That's great Jay. What kit did you actually buy as I wouldn't have a clue about such things? I've got a central locking loom lying about from a scrapper.
I've never had the late 20th/early 21st century experience of walking away from my car and casually plipping over my shoulder.. for me it's still the 70s - unlock the driver's door, get in then flick up all the others from inside to let the passengers in. My kids are still too young to realise they're stuck in a time warp.
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by toddao » Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:54 pm

Though it's labelled as 'An Idiot's Guide' - I completely missed the embedded ebay link for the actual piece of kit. Does that mean that I'm not an idiot?
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:16 pm

Erm, you still need the central locking solenoids etc to actually operate the door locks - the linked kit is only to operate an existing central locking system remotely!
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by toddao » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:05 pm

I had those 'solenoids' once - couldn't sit down for a week til I got the creme from the doctor
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by Mickey taker » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:12 pm

still waiting for my kit to arrive from China , hope the delivery guy dosen't expect a tip !!!
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by JayW » Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:12 pm

Patience my young Jedi... the Farce is strong in Chinapost...
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Re: HOW TO GUIDE: Aftermarket Remote Central Locking

Post by Mickey taker » Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:15 pm

Lol awived troday
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