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kreg357 
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Posted: January 01, 2019 at 8:41 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote kreg357
This is a quick no-frills Remote Start Pictorial on the 2015 - 2018 Ford Transit. These are the full size replacements for the Econoline series of vans, not the smaller Transit Connect series. This install will cover the common work vans, not the passenger vans with many rows of seats. This van was a 2017 Transit 250. It had the 3.7 L engine, no Factory Alarm system and no PATS engine immobilizer system. Most work vans do not come with the PATS system. The van did have power locks and "one-touch" starting.   The factory key FOB's include the power lock control buttons and continue to function during a remote start-up so a simple One Button Remote Start system was chosen to provide a bit of extra range over the factory remotes and a 3x Lock system.
There are many brands and models or R/S system to choose from.    The Avital 4113 / 4115 and the Viper equivalents, Compustar CS801-s and CS910-s and the Prestige APS901E or the newer APS901Z are all excellent low cost 1-way units. For this install I used an Avital 4115. No PATS system means no bypass module, less money and a very simple install.
While this Pictorial includes photos of the lower dash removal, I would recommend that before attempting this install you visit YouTube and do a search on "2015+ transit remote start". There is a 14 minute video posted that shows all the necessary trim panel removal in good detail.
Disassembly :
First pull the trim panel below the steering wheel off.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
Next use a trim tool to pop the cup holder up and off.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
Use a 7mm socket to remove the three screws shown.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
Remove the fuse access panel and then the two 7mm screws indicated.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
Release and pull this left side trim piece away from the dash.
To remove the inner brace panel, remove the seven 7mm screws. This is shown in good detail in the previously mentioned video. One screw is on the left side. You must gently lift the center console trim to access one hidden screw at the top right corner on the brace panel.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
Remove the two T20 Torx screws indicated at the bottom of the steering column. Then turn the steering wheel to expose plastic releases at the 10 and 2 o'clock positions. Separate the steering column cover halves and remove the bottom piece.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
That's it for trim removal. At this point you should verify that there is no black plastic PATS antenna and connector on the ignition switch. Below is a photo of this Transit without the PATS system. If you have the PATS antenna, you will need a bypass module.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
Wiring :
Here is a photo of the main Ignition connector removed from the plug with the wires marked. Only 3 connections are needed, IGN, ACC and Starter.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
Below is a photo of the vans BCM located to the left of the steering column.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
The lower left connector has the left side Parking Light wire as shown.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
The connector at the upper right has two needed wires.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
The bottom right plug has the Horn wire ( optional ).
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
As shown, +12 Volt constant power can be obtained from either wire indicated in the above pictures. With a basic Avital 4115 system and it's low power draw, using the Purple/Red wire is acceptable.
The Brake wire is easiest to obtain at the Brake Pedal switch as shown below :
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
For the Hood Pin wire, there is a large rubber grommet behind the BCM and strut tower for firewall pass-thru as shown in the following photos.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.
Besides the 4115 R/S system, you will need two 3 Amp diodes. If you choose not to use the 4115 kit supplied hood pin, a Direct 8613 tilt switch is a good, rust-free choice.   Total cost ~ $60.
Below is the necessary wiring if you use an Avital or Viper 4115 R/S system.
H1/1 LIGHT GREEN/BLACK....... FACTORY ALARM DISARM............. not used
H1/2 GREEN/WHITE.................... FACTORY REARM.............................. not used
H1/3 YELLOW............................... (+) IGNITION OUT (TO ALARM)....... not used
H1/4 WHITE/BLUE....................... (-) ACTIVATION INPUT........................not used
H1/5 ORANGE............................... (-) GROUND WHEN LOCKED............ not used
H1/6 BROWN................................ (-) HORN OUTPUT................................. Blue/White @ BCM
H1/7 RED/WHITE......................... (-) TRUNK RELEASE OUTPUT........... not used
H1/8 BLACK.................................. GROUND................................................. Chassis Ground
H1/9 WHITE.................................. (+/-) LIGHT FLASH... set to (+)............. Diode split* to Purple/Green and
...............................................................................................................................Brown/Yellow @ BCM
* The two 3 Amp diodes are necessary to keep the right and left side Parking Lights seperated.
   Install the diodes with the bands towards the vehicle wires.
H3/1 BLACK/WHITE............ (-) NEUTRAL SAFETY SWITCH INPUT...... to H1/8 Chassis Ground
H3/2 VIOLET/WHITE.......... TACHOMETER INPUT WIRE........................ not used
H3/3 BROWN......................... (+) BRAKE SWITCH SHUTDOWN WIRE.... Purple/White @ Brake Pedal switch
H3/4 GRAY............................. (-) HOOD PINSWITCH..................................... to Hood Pin switch
H3/5 BLUE/WHITE.............. (-) 200mA 2ND STATUS/REAR DEFOG........... not used
4-pin satellite harness diagram
1 BLUE........... (-) STATUS OUTPUT.............. not used
2 ORANGE.... (-) ACCESSORY OUTPUT..... not used
3 PURPLE..... (-) STARTER OUTPUT........... not used
4 PINK........... (-) IGNITION OUTPUT........... not used
Heavy gauge relay wiring diagram
1 RED...................... (+) (30A) HIGH CURRENT 12 INPUT........... Purple/Red @ BCM fused at 25 Amps
2 PINK/WHITE...... (+) PROGRAMMABLE OUTPUT.................. not used
3 RED...................... (+) (30A) HIGH CURRENT 12V INPUT........ combined with Pin 1 Red
4 ORANGE............. (+) (30 AMP) OUTPUT TO ACC..................... Purple/Green @ Ignition Switch
5 PURPLE.............. (+) (30 AMP) OUTPUT TO STARTER............ Blue/White @ Ignition Switch
6 PINK.................... (+) (30 AMP) OUTPUT TO IGNITION........... Brown/Yellow @ Ignition Switch
Door lock harness, 3-pin connector
1 LIGHT BLUE..... (-) UNLOCK OUTPUT...... Purple/Gray @ BCM
2 EMPTY............... NOT USED
3 GREEN............... (-) LOCK OUTPUT............. not used
There are many good locations to make the Chassis Ground connection
under the dash.
Avital 4115 programming :
Menu 1 Feature 1 to Option 2 ( if you made the horn connection )
Menu 2 Feature 1 to Option 3 ( van has "one-touch" starting )
Menu 2 Feature 4 to Option 3 ( one second Starter output )
Menu 2 Feature 5 to Option 2 ( two button presses to prevent false start-ups )
That should do it. Solder all your connections. Ensure that the tilt / telescopic steering wheel adjustments won't chaff R/S ignition wires. Test everything and put it all back together.
Soldering is fun!
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Posted: February 03, 2019 at 7:57 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote mustyk@att.net
I have done hundreds of these vans because I work at a company that does fleets of Transits, Promaster Vans, Transit connects, and Promaster City"s. I can do a complete alarm/remote start combo from the BCM ONLY and don't have to access the steering column. I have attached a copy of the wiring diagram that I wrote and sent in to the "Tech Tips (misc.)" category of your uploads. *Note: the door triggers differ in wiring if its a "swing door" or "sliding door"2019 FORD TRANSIT VAN
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Posted: February 03, 2019 at 8:02 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote mustyk@att.net
If you would like to contact me about this install please use the following address: tigershock3@gmail.com
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Posted: February 08, 2019 at 7:25 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote kreg357
Excellent info. 2015-2018 Ford Transit Remote Start Pictorial -- posted image.   That wire chart is a great addition and covers a good bit more than the "basic" install above. Doing everything at the BCM can save time and keep things neater. Thanks!
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Posted: March 14, 2019 at 7:21 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote jburbano
Do you need a bypass if your van has no PATS option installed? Mine does not.
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Posted: March 15, 2019 at 8:33 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote kreg357
If your Transit is like the one pictured about without a PATS antenna ring on the ignition switch you do not need a bypass module. Being as the Factory Remotes work while the engine is running under a remote start-up, a simple one button R/S system is all you need. While I made the R/S to vehicle Unlock wire connection, it is optional.
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Posted: March 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote jburbano
Thanks for the reply!! I was doing a LOT more reading last night and came to the same conclusion on PATS. However, my intent is to install an alarm/starter which I already have.   So that means I need to figure out a bit more w/o a bypass. It is more complicated but the Fortin bypass I bought apparently comes with no support. The dealer and Fortin refuse to answer questions, so I would really like to return it. I did get a reply from Ken who uploaded the wiring sheet. That was VERY helpful, but I am not understanding some of the references. This has been the most helpful thread I have found! I will add to it when I get everything figured out. Waiting for another reply from Ken now.
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Posted: March 16, 2019 at 8:32 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote kreg357
Yes, that is the problem with most Remote Start and bypass module manufacturers, they do not want to provide Tech Support to end users. Probably because of the large learning curve for the 12 Volt installer.
With no PATS3 system, most of the reason for the bypass module is gone. The EVO-ALL programming only shows the steps required for a vehicle equipped with PATS. While I'm sure there is a way to program the EVO-ALL to the Transit without utilizing the transponder bypass function, it is not shown in the guide. The EVO-ALL would be helpful for your install in that it can supply the Door Status, Brake signal and a Tach signal. Obtaining the Door Status for your aftermarket alarm system will be your biggest hurdle. The (-) N.C. door triggers are a PITA. The ADS AL-CA bypass module flashed with DL FM-3 firmware can be used and programmed to a non-PATS equipped Transit and would provide the Door Status signal for the aftermarket alarm system.
Use this tech guide to properly interface the door triggers to the alarm system :
https://www.wiresheet.com/v3/diagrams200/243%20-%20Normally%20Closed%20Door%20Trigger%20Circuit.pdf Directed has TechTip 1097 that supplies the same info. Here is that link : https://www.the12volt.com/installbay/file.asp?ID=1139 You will need 1N4001 diodes, some 10k ohm resistors and a fuse holder w/ 5 Amp fuse.
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Posted: March 16, 2019 at 11:13 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote jburbano
kreg357 Thanks for that info!!!   I will do some research on the ADS. Cutting all of the door wires as shown in the guides is not my first choice. But that interface is also half the cost of the Fortin/harness. Unfortunately, my alarm has a Fortin data interface which simplifies wiring. It also has discrete wires so at least I have options.
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Posted: March 16, 2019 at 11:40 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote kreg357
The ADS AL-CA is a great module. You would need to find a seller that would flash the correct firmware ( DL FM-3 ) on it prior to shipment. The ADS AL-CA can be flashed to support either ADS or DBI D2D communications. Not sure exactly what Brand and Model R/S Alarm system you are installing. Even if you went W2W between the R/S and the ADS AL-CA, it isn't that many wires and can be neatly done on the bench prior to actual vehicle installation.
Here is a link to the ADS AL-CA bypass module with DL FM-3 firmware install guide : http://images.idatalink.com/corporate/Content/Manuals/DL-FM3/ADS-AL(DL)-FM3-EN_20190314.pdf
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