Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
The Clifford systems I install allow the trunk release output to be configured as either a momentary, latching, or timed output. On the 56 I'm wiring I am using it as a momentary output. The momentary output (negative) wires to a latching relay, an adjustable pin switch, 2-1A diodes and a Bosch 5 terminal relay.
The installation of the actuator in this car was not done correctly and that is why I had to add the pin switch, diodes, and Bosch relay.
The actuator this customer has is from Autoloc and it has internal limit switches built into it and of which I am only using the extended limit switch and the other parts were needed to limit the amount the actuator retracted. If the installation of the actuator would have been done correctly I would have only needed the latching relay.
The latching relay is from Aamp of America (part # PBLATCH) and sells for about $35.00. The latching relay is easy to wire if the internal limit switches are used on an actuator. One terminal of the latching relay (coil) goes to a constant fused 12V source while the other side (of the coil) goes to your momentary output on the Clifford security system. Also on the latching relay are 2 terminals which would go to the actuator motor while the reamining 4 terminals will be reduced to 2 wires with one going to ground and the other going to a constant fused 12V source.
How the latching relay works is when it is sitting in one position one wire going to the actuator motor has 12V while the other is grounded and when the latching relay is triggered it will reverse those connections to make the actuator go the opposite way.
I'll try and get some wiring info to post onto a site so you can see what is involved. It's not bad at all if you properly mount the actuator to use it's internal limit switches.
1974 Spirit Of America Nova (being restored), 1973 Nova Custom, 1968 Chevy II (Garage Find 2012)
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