Installing a Crimestopper RS4-G5 Cool Start remote start in a 1995 Mitsubishi Diamante

This is more like "Replacing a CrimeStopper RS999 Cool Start with an RS4-G5", but there are still a few bits that might prove useful. My brother-in-law is an auto mechanic by trade, and many years ago he installed a CoolStart RS999 in our mother-in-law's 1995 Mitsubishi Diamante.. Now the car is in my hands, and the remote start is fried. Over the years the car has been jump-started a few times, and I suspect that cooked the brains in the old RS999. On top of that, nobody can find the remote. Time for a new unit.

So I hit up Amazon and pick up a newer model from the same company. I cheaped out and got a RS4-G5 1-way remote instead of a 2-way remote like the old RS-999. The reason I went cheapskate is if I blew the install, I wanted to be able to take it to a shop and get one professionally installed, without feeling like I threw away too much money.

Googling online for manuals confirms that the old RS-999 and new RS4-G5 units share almost identical wiring patterns. Nice. This proved out to be crucial, actually. And let me say, I owe my brother-in-law big. He did a real nice job on the original install.

I had the manuals for both the old and new remote starts. You can find manuals online with some basic googling, so you won't have any difficulty finding manuals.

YouTube did not have much useful information to yield on the installation. But I did find one excellent tip amongst the junk. Check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L61LJcz7H6g and go in about a minute. The homemade gizmo with two alligator clips? This should be standard equipment with every single soldering iron sold. I wish I had thought of this myself, cuz' I'da been trying to market it for millions. That device is just plain required equipment for auto wiring. It just is. I made one, and if all you get out of this article is this bit about the alligartor clip gizmo, it's worth it.

Whenever I did a splice, I did it like Eric the Car Guy did. I used heat-shrink tubing for insulation, and when all the wires where done, they got a generous black electrical tape go-around. So that covers how I did the splices.

Anyhow, that said, because I was really replacing a remote start, and not installing one from scratch, most of the real blood, sweat, and tears had already been shed by my brother-in-law. I did not have to hunt down a tach wire, install the hood pin safety switch, and most importantly, not have to find the dreaded door lock/unlock wires.

If you google "1995 Mitsubishi Diamante Wiring Diagram", you will find this excellent site for auto alarm installers. With the information here, and an additional look at a Chilton manual for a 1995 Mitsubishi Diamante , I see I'm looking for a red/blue wire with dots, and a red/black wire with dots. Guess what? Those wires were probably the first two wires installed in the factory, installed right against a bright shiny body shell, then overlapped with probably a mile of wiring harnessess, fuseboxes, and so on. I decided I could live without the door lock/unlock capability; a tough decision. But the story has a happy ending, as I shall tell.

Oh yeah, the obvious: Disconnect the car battery before beginning, and if at all in doubt, give up and let an auto shop do the work.

Looking at the manuals for the old and new remotes side-by-side, they use the same wiring color scheme. On the high-voltage connector on the old RS-999 unit, there are seven wires; and the new RS4-G5 unit has six wires on the high-voltage connector. The only difference is the white wire on the high voltage connector of the RS-999 matches up with the white wire on the low-voltage connector on the RS4-G5. Otherwise, the other six wires match up color-for-color. I spliced in the new high-voltage connector color-for-color to the old high voltage connector, leaving the white wire from the old conenctor dangling for now.

The low-voltage connector was similar, but there were a lot more wires in there. Fortunately, the colors do match up wire-for-wire, so I spliced in the new connector in place of the old one. The only difference here is I attached that white wire which was on the old unit's high-voltage connector. The wire is for the dome light, and in both the old and new manuals, the even use the same illlustrations so I was pretty confident. Of course, the best thing to do would have been to use a voltmeter and spend a lot of time verifying this, but what can I say? I went for it.

So yeah, I spliced in the new low-voltage wire connector color-for-color in place of the old connector.

Because the old unit was a two-way, and the new unit a one-way, the antenna connectors were not the same, and neither were the antennas, I did run the new antenna in place, and had to pry off the interior trim panel which runs from the roof to the dashboard. It snaps in place, so it fortunately came out without too much of a battle. The antenna is attached with some two-way foam sticky tape, and adheres nicely. I ran the wire by tucking it under the headliner, down that side panel piece, and into the rubber door trim. The wire can then be tucked up into the dash so it is entirely hidden from view.

The new kit comes with little wire harnesses for adding in a temporary LED and pushbutton switch for programming the unit. Because the keys come pre-programmed, I found it unnecessary to use either the pushbutton or LED.

Oh yeah, where to actually install the unit? The previous unit was up under the dash, held in place with zip ties. You could zip tie it up in there, but I found that there is enough space behind the knee kick plate whic surrounds the steering column and steering height adjuster. That kick plate comes off with three 10mm bolts and two screws. Right above the trunk release switch there is enough space to stuff the RS4-G5. Worth mention, taking that knee kick plate out will make the install a ton easier.

So at this stage, I got a RS4-G5 with a high-voltage connector, a low-voltage connector, and the antenna connector. I plug the connectors in, and reconnect the battery.

And it works! No doors, though.

And that is where the miracle occurs. I thank Jesus, and when I come across my bro-in-law, I'll thank him, too. I get to working on installing the RS4-G5 in its permanent home, and I find this small three-wire connector dangling, with a red, green, and blue wire. Which so happens to be the wire colors which plug into the three-connector door control jack on the RS4-G5. And yes, it fit! Which means my brother-in-law, God bless him, had previously tapped into those impossible-to-reach door control wires. And all I had to do was plug in the connector! Amen. No, make, that AMEN. The remote operates the door lock/unlock.

So yeah, I got the unit behind that kick panel, and everything all sanitized and looking respectul. It tooke me almost all of a Saturday to accomplish but it worked. If I had to do this from scratch, I'd say "forget this!" and pay a shop to do the install. But in this case, it was pretty cheap, and a learning experience.

It works. I'm happy.

So in closing, I'll say:

  • If you are thinking of installing an automotive remote start from scratch, and there is no existing remote start in there, you might want to pay somebody else. Save your hair.
  • If you got an existing remote start that is dead, and you are going to be sticking in a similar unit, get online and compare the old and new devices. You might get lucky like I did, and find most of the wiring is the same between the two units. This is a better candidate for do-it-yourself.
  • That two alligator clip thing that Eric the Car Guy has? You need one of those.

Yeah.

Paste into PuTTY with Windows 10, and/or paste into PuTTY from a laptop.

This might be a Windows 10 issue, or maybe my Compaq laptop, or who knows, but, if you use PuTTY (a very popular terminal emulator program), you might find it impossible to copy text from Windows, then paste it into a PuTTy session.

So, I have this laptop, where some of the keys require you to press this "fn" key to do things. Doubtless "fn" is short for "function". Anyhow, it just makes life complicated, particularly when trying to work with PuTTY.

Pasting into PuTTY? This worked for me. I cannot say it will work for you.

  • Highlight the desired Windows text and Copy it to the Windows clipboard.
  • For your own sanity's sake, verify the content is there by doing a Paste into a typical Windows application such as Notepad.
  • Switch over to your PuTTy session window.
  • Press ,and hold down, in this order, the following keys: [shift] [fn] [ins prt sc].

And that shoiuld be it. You hold down the Shift key. While keeping that key down, press the fn key. With both of those keys down, you press the "ins prt sc" key. (that "ins prt sc" key on my laptop is printed with "ins" on the top, and "prt sc" underneath it.

Brother MFC-8670DN Windows 10 Printer Drivers

If you own a Brother MFC-8670DN printer, and have a typical 64-bit Windows 10 laptop (or desktop), you may have discovered that the built-in Windows drivers only support the most basic of printing capability. You can't even duplex print. Ugh.

 

 

If you searched for print drivers, you probably ended up over at Brother's website, and discovered that they do not have Windows 10 print drivers either, and they say use the built-in drivers. Ugh.

 

 

There is hope, though: Use Windows 7 drivers instead. Go to the Brother site for the MFC8670-DN and choose Windows® 7 (64-bit). The driver download is about 40mb size, so it took a couple of minutes. During the install, you will have to reboot your PC. When all is said and done, you'll have the full printer driver package installed with all the bells and whistles. Duplex printing, manual feed, all that. Enjoy.

Thanksgiving breakfast and making your own coconut syrup


This is the bread we used.

This is not the sugar we used, but it looks like the same stuff.

This is the coconut milk we used.

So anyhow, we did some Kings Hawaiian french toast for Thanksgiving breakfast, and I shall now tell you all how to produce coconut syrup that looks like thanksgiving brown gravy, but tastes like coconut caramel. That wasn't the plan, it just worked out that way.

Ingredients:
 1 typical 14oz. can of coconut milk.
 3/4 cup coconut sugar (we got it from either Costco or Sams)
 maybe a tablespoon or less of cornstarch

We had picked up this coconut sugar some time ago, and there it was unopened. I broke into it, and its brown, and cooks and tastes very close to brown sugar, except with even more of a caramel taste to it. Excellent stuff.

I grabbed to can of coconut milk this morning at Carrs (i.e. Safeway for everybody else), and here is where reading the label pays off. They had a few different brands of coconut milk, My go-to brand, Chaokoh, was like $3.99/can! Crazy talk. Nope. The other brands, I read the label, and they got extra gunk in there like guar gum. Turns out the cheapest can, some mystery ghetto brand, at $2.19/can (still overpriced, imho. Wish I was at Red Apple buying this), contained only coconut milk and water. Perfect. Back home with the bread and the cococnut milk.

So, put the sugar and the coconut milk in a saucepan and heat it up until it starts bubbling. I let it go like this for like 10 minutes, using a rubber spatula to skim around the pan and recirculate any caramel forming. The stuff turns the white coconut milk a perfect caramel brown. I worked in a bit of cornstarch to thicken it up a bit, but instead of going from watery to syrupy, it went from watery to gravy-y (so how do you make 'gravy' into an adjective?). Anyhow, that notwithstanding, the taste was just wow. This stuff could be used for a caramel substitute. I was imagining a bowl of really good french vanilla ice cream with this all over it. Or maybe some apple pie. Or maybe some apple pie with the vanilla ice cream, and this stuff all over it! Oh yeah. Or bread pudding!

Oh yeah, the French toast. Kings Hawaiian bread makes the best French toast, no secret there. This syrup all over it was just perfect for thanksgiving. And here is the bonus: If you add on maple syrup along with this coconut syrup, it looks and tastes like eating a maple bar.

In retrospect, I'd suggest maybe just a half-teaspoon of cornstarch, and if you don't mind runny syrup, forgo it entirely.

And as always, I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day! May Jesus sweeten your day more than this coconut syrup ever will.

What Would Jesus Do?

In light of the horrific November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris, France, the question arises "What would Jesus do?" I have also heard this same question posited when the request comes up to house hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in the USA. What would Jesus do?

Interesting question. Well, what did Jesus tell the disciples to do?

[Luk 22:36 KJV] 36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take [it], and likewise [his] scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

Looks like Jesus told the disciples to arm themselves. And it looks that way because that's what Jesus told them to do.

Now what about those refugees that President Obama wants to salt across the entire USA? It's a safe bet to assert that there will be many ISIS terrorists amongst the refugees, and any attempt to screen them out will be mostly for appearances and primarily useless.

Also, by taking in those refugees, we are aiding ISIS in their pogrom; driving out hundreds of thousands from their homelands so they can brand the land Dar Al Islam and fly their evil black flag over those lands. Our nation should not be making it convenient for ISIS to steal homelands from people.

Imagine if the same people saying "What would Jesus do?" were around in 1939? Actually there were quite a few people back then saying just that; calling the USA to not get involved in Somebody Else's War. Imagine if, instead of fighting the Nazis, we were preoccupied with providing shelter to hundreds of thousands of Polish refugees driven out of their homelands? And when Hitler proceeded to blitzkreig beyond Poland, we responded by simply taking in more refugees?

There comes a time when the answer is to fight evil, to the death if necessary. That time is now. Our nation, along with the nations of Europe, need to give hope to the refugees by supplying their able-bodied men with arms to exterminate every last ISIS terrorist. We need to wage war against this evil horde as if our lives depended on it. It very well may.

In the Old Testament, things didn't go too well for the enemies of the Israelites. Pharaoh's entire army was downed. Sodom and Gomorrah were burned to a crisp. In a single evening, an angel slew 185,000 Asyrrian soldiers. In Jesus' day, Herod was smitten with worms so badly his innards blew out.

So what would Jesus do? Imagine you live in a little village in the middle of, oh, Iraq. In the distance you see a convoy of trucks coming your way. You hear over the radio it is ISIS, and they spent the previous week in the previous village; raping the women, killing the old, and giving the young men the gun-to-the-head choice of "Join or Die." And, in your village, right now in 2015, JESUS was there. Let's say there He was, just like you'd picture Him. Robe, brown hair, all that.  He's hugging some children, laughing with them. And word comes. "ISIS is coming!"

You want to know what Jesus would do? I'm pretty sure that if Jesus showed up in your village while ISIS was raping the women and killing the old men, what would come next would look just like this:

 

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