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Old 10-25-2003, 02:27 PM   #1
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I saw a thread somewher and cant find it anywhere. It had a button connected to the garage door opener and it was installed next to the e-brake. If anyone finds this can you post it? thanks
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Old 10-27-2003, 05:04 PM   #2
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i just made one, looks like garbage kinda because i had to use an old crappy switch <push button> and i have the motor skills of a 3 y/o on a bad day

i mounted the switch to a backing i made out of a sheet of thin steel then put it in one of the coin tray things down by the ebrake, then took apart the garage door opener, and soldered wires to it, then to the switch, it works fine, just i need better motor skills
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Old 10-28-2003, 02:20 PM   #3
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It's over on scoobymods, which seems to be down at the moment. I did one as well....

Remove the circuit card from your opener and you'll see two paths leading from the button. Take a wire, strip both ends and test different paths and see which pair, when touched with both ends of the wire, open your door. Those are the points where you need to solder wires to, then just put a $2 Radio Shack momentary switch in between. I drilled a hole in my map light assembly and tucked the board in the hump in the headliner. Need to get a pic of that.

If you're really stuck or can't find the other thread, PM me and I'll take pics of mine......
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Old 10-28-2003, 03:38 PM   #4
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I did something similar. I do it in all my cars. I did as the last post with the circuit board but after finding the correct contacts wired it so the circuit was permanently closed. That is to simulate the button being held down. I did this after removing the 12 volt battery. Then I selected a location for the new swith, I used a console rocker panel blank. Depending on the car you may have a blank on the dash or the console. I mounted the small radio shack swith and then wired one side of that to a 12 volt power source. The other side of the switch goes to the +battery contact on the circuit board and the remaining -battery contact and the circuit board to a ground. Next, wrap the circuit board in a baggie or something and secure it out of sight, behinde the dash, under console. The idea is to only see the button. When you hit the button, you power the board which already has it's switch closed. Of course this only works with a 12 volt garage door opener but many are and the only difference is you don't ever have to replace the battery. If you want security, use 12 volt swithed so that the door only works with the key and the ignition on. If you want it to work regardless, use 12 volt unswitched. You just have to poke around with a meter but you can usually find some power. Maybe the radio install is a good place to tap from.
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Old 10-28-2003, 06:55 PM   #5
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Here's another twist (useful mostly if you have to control more than one thing) - I picked up a HomeLink controller on eBay - it's essentially a programmable remote control - it works with everything, including rolling code systems - the nice part is it connects to power directly in the car, so you don't have to dig out the battery when it dies. (I just got mine and am waiting for the switch I need to arrive (a momentary on - off - momentary on switch) then I'll wire it up)

At present, I used a momentary push button switch from radio shack (they have a nice black one - blends in fairly well) and have my garage door opener wired to that, with the button put into one of the switch blanks (the one next to the mirror control)

I'll be happier with the homelink thing since I have two things to control (gate to my neighborhood and my garage door opener) I suppose I could have wired the gate control up to an external switch as well, but I like the homelink idea as well.

If you do a search, someone even took the blank next to the cruise control + foglight switches, and made that into a switch - pretty slick!
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Old 10-28-2003, 09:46 PM   #6
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I did one better.. I used something similar to all of you, but different. I used a manual Intercooler Spray switch in the factory location beside the foglight switch, soldered the momentary switch closed, and wired the switched 12V from the cruise control power thru the IC switch and to the GDO.

Only works when key on, can't tell what it is. GDO is hidden behind the clock, with wires fished thru the dash to the spot where the switch is. I even have it illuminated.

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Old 10-30-2003, 02:47 PM   #7
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I put mine up inside the headliner behind the maplights. The opener is a Genie with three buttons. One button for the development security gate, and two buttons for my garages.

I used the small black momentary SPST switches from radio shack and installed them in a tidy row between the maplight switches.

I opened up the opener and was happy to find that its powered from a 12v battery. I removed the battery and t-tapped into the + and - wires on the maplight assembly and soldered the other ends to the + and - tabs on the opener. On the bottom side of the opener I soldered jumpers from each side of the three switches to the above mentioned momentary switches. I popped out the rubber buttons on the top side of the controller case and reinserted the circuitboard. The case already had a hole on the bottom edge that I routed all the wires through and closed the case.

The modified opener fit snugly between the maplight switch on the topside of the maplight assembly. I plugged in and reinstalled the maplight assembly and everything works great.

I opted to keep the opener high in the car to facilitate being able to open the security gate from further away then if it was located low in the console. While I had the maplight out, I rewired my V1 to the mirror power connector.

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Old 10-30-2003, 11:11 PM   #8
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I have the buttons... but no opener! The garage that I open and the opener are not mine, so I Have to figure out a way to get something to send the same singnal or wire and additional opener
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Old 10-31-2003, 07:27 AM   #9
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I have the buttons... but no opener! The garage that I open and the opener are not mine, so I Have to figure out a way to get something to send the same singnal or wire and additional opener
Go on eBay, search for "homelink" in eBay motors - buy any one of the modules which comes up, wire it in (only need two connections +12v and gnd), and you are good to go. The homelink transmitter is a "learning" garage door opener - the newer ones (post 97, I think) work with rolling codes and everything.
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Old 10-31-2003, 11:56 AM   #10
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Old 11-01-2003, 09:22 PM   #11
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not exactly the same thing, but I removed the little flip down visor behind the rear view mirror, made a braket and installed the genie door opener in place of the flip down visor. The space is indented so the opener does not stick out much. It is a lot easier than running wires and what not.
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Old 11-02-2003, 11:19 AM   #12
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I saw a thread somewher and cant find it anywhere. It had a button connected to the garage door opener and it was installed next to the e-brake. If anyone finds this can you post it? thanks
Probably it was my post back in late 2001. I also tend to do it by eliminating the original battery, and use a 3 pin voltage regulator powered off the car so that nobody can operate the garage door opener until the car is powered up. That way, IF I were to leave the car out of the garage (unlikely but it happens) and IF I left it unlocked it still would not allow access to the garage.
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Old 11-02-2003, 06:52 PM   #13
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Here is my install - I used a Homelink transmitter from a late model Lexus - I put the transmitter under the console (velcro'ed to the backside of the cupholder), tapped power from the lighter outlet, and wired to a momentary on - off - momentary on switch for two of the three channels - controls my garage in one direction, and the gate to my neighborhood with the other - I like the matte black switch - blends right in!
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Old 11-02-2003, 07:10 PM   #14
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nice, very neat install.
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Old 02-01-2004, 11:14 PM   #15
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Where did you find the switch that you used in this picture. I've been looking all over for switches that fit the console cutout but every one i find is too small. Any help is appreciated from anyone.

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Here is my install - I used a Homelink transmitter from a late model Lexus - I put the transmitter under the console (velcro'ed to the backside of the cupholder), tapped power from the lighter outlet, and wired to a momentary on - off - momentary on switch for two of the three channels - controls my garage in one direction, and the gate to my neighborhood with the other - I like the matte black switch - blends right in!
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Old 02-02-2004, 07:02 AM   #16
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Where did you find the switch that you used in this picture. I've been looking all over for switches that fit the console cutout but every one i find is too small. Any help is appreciated from anyone.
Bought it from digikey
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Old 02-02-2004, 01:10 PM   #17
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