DIGITAL REMOTE START SYSTEM MADE IN THE USA WWW . XPRESSKIT . COM XPRESSSTART Mercedes Solution Installation Instructions 2012+ Mercedes Benz ML Class 2013+ Mercedes Benz GL Class 2013 Mercedes Benz G Class The XPRESSSTART Mercedes Solution is designed as a direct plug in interface to the rear of the Mercedes Benz key cylinder. Please read this manual in itвЂ™s entirety prior to installation as there is a speciп¬Ѓc order of operation that needs to be followed. Tools and Parts you will need: s s s T-20 driver Drill 3/4вЂќ drill bit or Unibit XPRESSSTART Wiring Overview W/X166 GREEN PLUG EIS (KEY CYLINDER) BEFORE INSTALLATION EIS (KEY CYLINDER) AFTER INSTALLATION BLUE PLUG GREEN PLUG WHITE PLUG VALET SWITCH SUPPLIED T-HARNESS XPRESSSTART ML & GL Installation 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Remove (3) T-20 screws from the driverвЂ™s under dash panel. Lower dash panel down and move air vent out of the clips that hold it in place. Reach up to the rear of the EIS. There are two retaining clips on the top and bottom of the EIS. Grasp the wiring harness while squeezing the retaining clips together to remove the EIS. Pull the EIS with harness attached out of the dash to access the wiring. Unplug both plugs (blue and green) from the EIS. В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved. 1 QRNMB166 2012-12 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Remove the blue housing from the harness and install it on to the supplied XPRESSSTART T-harness. Install the supplied white housing on to the empty plug where the blue housing originally was. Plug the T-harness into the factory wiring and the EIS. Once ALL connections are secured, turn on the valet switch and verify the LEDs visible inside the XPRESSSTART are п¬‚ashing. Start the vehicle with the key or with the push button to verify your work. If the vehicle starts and runs, youвЂ™ve made all the connections correctly. Shut the vehicle off. Push the panic button once on the remote to test the XPRESSSTART. Once you are satisп¬Ѓed with its operation, shut down the XPRESSSTART by pushing the panic button once. Locate a place to secure the XPRESSSTART module in the dash cavity away from any heat sources. Secure the module in its п¬Ѓnal location. Locate a place for the valet override switch. Recommended location is the driverвЂ™s under dash panel. Drill a 3/4вЂќ hole in the desired location. Route the wires for the valet switch through hole made in step 18. Plug in the valet switch to the XPRESSSTART valet switch leads. Make sure the spade connectors are fully installed on the switch. Line up the vent to the under dash panel in the clips that hold it into place. Reinstall the under dash panel making sure the vent is lined up to the duct in the dash. Reinstall (3) T-20 screws to hold the panel in place. If vehicle is equipped with KeylessGo, see additional required connection on page 4 to retain KeylessGo features. Remove (3) T-20 Lower panel and move vent EIS removed T-harness installed 2 В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved. G Wagon Installation 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Lower the steering column and extend it to its maximum. Grasp the plastic trim below the instrument cluster and pull toward you. Continue removing the boot around the steering column and pull it away from the dash as far as itwill go. Reach in the behind the EIS and unplug the two plugs, (1) green plug and (1) blue plug, and unplug them. Connect the XPRESSSTART harness in line with the plugs and connect the opposite end into the rear of the EIS. Remove the under dash panels using a T-20 driver. Route the XPRESSSTART harness to a location where the starter can be mounted away from heat and moving parts. Connect the XPRESSSTART to the T-harness and securely mount it. Drill a 3/4вЂќ hole for the valet switch in an easily accessible location under the dash. Remove the valet switch from the T-harness and mount it in the hole just drilled and reconnect the wires. Start the vehicle with the key and let it run for 60 seconds then turn it off. Press the panic button on the keyfob once and test the remote start. Reassemble the under dash. Reinstall the steering wheel boot. EIS plugs Remove steering wheel boot В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved. EIS plug location at rear of EIS 3 2012+ ML, 2013+ GL W/X166 KeylessGo Connection The KeylessGo connection for the 2012 ML is quite involved and requires signiп¬Ѓcant disassembly of the rear of the vehicle. This guide assumes the basic XPRESSSTART Mercedes Solution is installed and functioning properly. Tools and Parts you will need: s s s s s s s E14 Torx Socket - ML only T30 Torx Driver - GL only T45 Torx Bit T40 Torx Bit Panel Removal Tool Pick tool KG20 Harness ML Installation 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 4 Remove the driverвЂ™s rear door sill plate. Fold the driverвЂ™s rear seat bottom forward. Remove (2) bolts holding the seat bottom to the п¬‚oor. Remove the driverвЂ™s side rear seat bottom from the vehicle. Remove (1) bolt holding the center seat back bracket and (1) bolt holding the seat belt. Fold the rear driverвЂ™s side seat back down. Pry up the covers for the tie down loops in the cargo area. Remove the bolts from each tie down and remove the hooks from their mounts. Remove the cargo cover. Remove the foam inserts directly behind the rear seats. Remove (2) additional bolts that hold the driverвЂ™s side rear seat back. Unclip the wire harness that is clipped to the driverвЂ™s side rear seat bracket. Flip the driverвЂ™s side rear seat back into the cargo area making sure the wire harness doesnвЂ™t get pinched or pulled beyond its limit. Pull up the carpet to access the KeylessGo module on the п¬‚oor. Route the supplied KeylessGo harness from the XPRESSSTART module to the rear seat area. Unplug the main connector from the KeylessGo module. Remove the shroud from the main KeylessGo connector. Remove the brown and brown/red wires from the KeylessGo plug. Make a note of the wire locations in the plug. Insulate the ends of the removed wires. Using the supplied W166 KG adapter, populate the brown and brown/red wires into the locations where the factory wires were removed. Reinstall the shroud for the KeylessGo main plug and plug it back in. Close all doors, hood and hatch to test the remote start. Remote start the vehicle. If everything is connected properly, you should be able to lock and unlock the vehicle using the touch sensors on the door handles while the remote start is running. Unlock and enter the vehicle. Push the start button one time. The lights should п¬‚ash three times to conп¬Ѓrm key take over. Turn off the vehicle. Secure the KG20 harness to existing wiring. Lay the carpet back in place. Remount the seat back and seat belt. Make sure the wire harness is clipped back into place. Fold the seat back down and install the foam inserts and the cargo cover. Reinstall the cargo tie down hooks. Fold the seat back up. Reinstall the seat bottom and bolt it in place. Reinstall the sill plate. В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved. Remove sill plate Unbolt seat bottom Seat bottom removed Unbolt seat back Unbolt cargo tie downs Remove cargo cover В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved. 5 Remove foam inserts Unbolt seat bracket Unclip wire harness Flip seat back into cargo area Pull up carpet Unplug KeylessGo module 6 В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved. Shroud removed from plug New pins installed, reinstall shroud В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved. Plug KeylessGo module in 7 GL Installation 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Remove driverвЂ™s rear door sill. Fold driverвЂ™s middle row seat all the way forward. Remove torx bolt holding seat belt to rear side panel. Pull back weather strip on the back side of the rear door opening. Remove (1) T-30 torx from inside the rear retractible cover mount. Pop side panel partially out. Route the 166 KG adapter to the rear side panel area. Reach in and unplug connector on KG module (see picture). Remove the shroud from that connector Remove the brown and brown/red pins from the black connector making a note of their position Install the pins from the 166 KG adapter into the spots where the factory wires were removed. Reinstall the shroud for that plug. Reinstall the plug into the module. Pop the side panel back into place. Reinstall (1) T-30 Torx and cosmetic cover. Reinstall Torx bolt for seat belt. Reinstall driverвЂ™s rear door sill panel. Remove door sill Remove seat belt Remove screw cover Remove T-30 8 В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved. KG module under bracket Pull back weather strip Pop out side panel remove white plug hit Remove white plug l Shroud removed В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved. l Plug removed d KG harness properly installed into plug 9 Accessory Connection Instructions Each XPRESSSTART is equipped with a (4) pin and a (3) pin connector at the end. The (4) pin connector is designed to accept a D2D cable from an XL202 RF translator module to provide the ability for adding long range remotes and 2 way capability to the XPRESSSTART. There is no programming required for the module. The remotes need to be programmed to the XL202 which should have instructions provided with it. The (3) pin connector is designed to accept the ESP cable that comes with the Directed SmartStart module (DSM100, DSM200 or DSM250). The cable can be plugged directly in to the port. The power and ground must be connected (soldered and taped) to the XPRESSSTART harness. Please see the below diagram. DO NOT USE THE 4 PIN PLUG ON A SMARTSTART MODULE. ,!133!13/.6%1 3./1.69123/)- red ,!133!13'1.4-$ ".33.,1.69123 /)-"1.6- Troubleshooting Diagnostic Flashes While running on remote start, any of the following will cause vehicle shut down. s s s s s opening the hood (7 п¬‚ashes) depressing the brake pedal (6 п¬‚ashes) increasing the RPM over normal idle (8 п¬‚ashes) three failed starts/low RPM (9 п¬‚ashes) communications error (10 п¬‚ashes) The vehicle will be limited to (5) remote starts between normal keyed operation. If the lights п¬‚ash (5) times the starter is out of sync with the vehicle. This is a rare occurrence. Should it happen, you must start the vehicle with the key or the KeylessGo button for at least one minute to synchronize. 10 В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved. DIGITAL REMOTE START SYSTEM WWW. XPRESSKIT. COM MADE IN THE USA XPRESSSTART Mercedes Solution CLA 2013 Installation Instructions Tools and parts you will need x T-20 driver x Drill x 3/4вЂќ drill bit or Unibit/Step-bit x E-10 Torx socket x Panel removal tool The XPRESSSTART interface is designed as a direct plug in interface to the rear of the Mercedes Benz key cylinder. Please read this manual in its entirety prior to installation as there is a specific order of operation that needs to be followed. Installation Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. Lower the steering column and extend it to its maximum. Gently pry out on the bezel around the gauges and release all the clips. Unsnap the top rear half of the steering column shroud by pulling up starting at the part closest to the firewall. Unplug the HVAC sensor from the bottom right of the trim bezel and set the bezel with column cover aside in a safe place. 5. You now have access to reach the rear of the EIS to make the T-harness connections as shown in the diagram above. Additionally, you can remove the gauge cluster by removing (2) T-20 from the bottom and releasing the clips on top. This may free up additional space for accessing the EIS and will provide a place to mount the XPRESSSTART module behind the gauge cluster. 6. Reach in the behind the EIS and disconnect the two connectors, (1) green connector and (1) blue connector, and disconnect them. 7. Connect the XPRESSSTART harness in line with the connectors and connect the opposite end into the rear of the EIS. 8. Remove the under dash panels using a E-10 torx socket 9. Route the XPRESSSTART harness to a location where the starter can be mounted away from heat and moving parts. 10. Connect the XPRESSSTART to the T-harness and securely mount it. 11. Drill a 3/4вЂќ hole for the valet switch in an easily accessible location under the dash. 12. Remove the valet switch from the T-harness and mount it in the hole just drilled and reconnect the wires. 13. Start the vehicle with the key and let it run for 60 seconds then turn it off. 14. Press the panic button on the key fob once and test the remote start. 15. Reinstall the gauge cluster if removed. 16. Reassemble the under dash. 17. Reinstall the steering column cover and gauge bezel. Begin to release bezel Remove steering column cover Remove bezel, Unplug HVAC sensor EIS connections Activation programming (optional) Most Mercedes vehicles in the US and Canada have a panic button on the key fob; however, Mercedes vehicles elsewhere in the world may not have a panic button. The option is offered for 2 types of factory key fob activation, panic button or вЂњlock-unlock-lockвЂќ for those vehicles not equipped with the panic feature. 1. Insert the key in the ignition switch and cycle it (5) five times from off to accessory (only one click in the clockwise direction) and back to off. 2. The lights will flash once. 3. Pushing lock at this time turns the вЂњlock-unlock-lockвЂќ sequence on. 4. Pushing unlock at this time turns the вЂњlock-unlock-lockвЂќ sequence off. Accessory Connection Instructions Each XPRESSSTART is equipped with a (4) pin and a (3) pin connector at the end. The (4) pin connector is designed to accept a D2D cable from an XL202 RF translator module to provide the ability for adding long range remotes and 2 way capability to the XPRESSSTART. There is no programming required for the module. The remotes need to be programmed to the XL202 which should have instructions provided with it. The (3) pin connector is designed to accept the ESP2 cable that comes with the Directed SmartStart module (DSM200 or DSM250). The cable can be plugged directly in to the port. The power and ground must be connected (soldered and taped) to the XPRESSSTART harness. Please see the below diagram. DO NOT USE THE 4 PIN PLUG ON A SMARTSTART MODULE. SmartStart power st Top row, 1 pin. Red SmartStart ground st Bottom row, 1 pin. Brown Troubleshooting Diagnostic Flashes While running on remote start, any of the following will cause vehicle shut down вЂў Opening the hood (7 flashes) вЂў Depressing the brake pedal (6 flashes) вЂў Increasing the RPM over normal idle (8 flashes) вЂў Three failed starts/low RPM (9 flashes) вЂў Communications error (10 flashes) The vehicle will be limited to (5) remote starts between normal key start operation. If the lights flash (5) times the starter is out of sync with the vehicle. This is a rare occurrence. Should it happen, you must start the vehicle with the key for at least one minute to synchronize. DIGITAL REMOTE START SYSTEM WWW . XPRESSKIT . COM MADE IN THE USA XPRESSSTART Mercedes Solution Operating Instructions Introduction Thank you for purchasing a XPRESSSTART system for your vehicle. In order to enjoy the beneп¬Ѓts of this system we recommend that you review the following manual. Please visit www.xpresskit.com for additional support or contact your authorized dealer. Valet Mode: When servicing your vehicle the system should be placed in valet mode. Valet mode prevents the system from remote starting and allows proper servicing. Valet mode is controlled via the valet switch typically located at the underside of the driver dashboard. The valet switch is a 1вЂќ round toggle switch with a white dot marking the вЂњONвЂ™ position on one side and no white dot marking the вЂњVALETвЂќ position on the other side. To engage valet mode, depress the blank side of the switch. To turn off valet mode, depress the side of the switch with the white dot. Note: When the system has been placed in valet mode, it is necessary to re-initialize the starter system before the vehicle can be remote started again. To re-initialize the system, п¬Ѓrst turn off valet mode and then simply start the vehicle with either the key or using the KeylessGo Push Start Button and allow the vehicle to run for one (1) minute. The vehicle can now be remote started. Operation: Your XPRESSSTART system can be operated in a number of ways. This includes using the factory remote control key fob, an optional 1-way or 2-way long range remote control, or the SmartStart smartphone application. For instructions on how to use the long range remote or SmartStart controllers, refer to the operating /userвЂ™s manual for those systems. В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved. 1 To start the vehicle using the factory key fob, press the panic button once for ВЅ second and release. The vehicle parking lights will п¬‚ash once to conп¬Ѓrm and then the engine will start within 5 seconds. Once the engine has started the parking lights will п¬‚ash once every 5 seconds. The starter system will continue to run the engine for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes the vehicle will shut down. The vehicle can be remote started up to 5 times between normal key or push button start operation. To shut down the vehicle engine, press the panic button again. To perform driver takeover, insert the key into the ignition and turn to the вЂ�RUNвЂ™ position. The parking lights will п¬‚ash three times to indicate that the XPRESSSTART has shut down but the engine will remain running. For vehicles equipped with KeylessGo (push-to-start) function, press the вЂ�STARTвЂ™ button once. The parking lights will п¬‚ash three times to indicate that the XPRESSSTART has shut down but the engine will remain running. The vehicle security system remains intact while the engine is remote started. The KeylessGo and key fob locking and unlocking will still function and the gear shift will remain locked until either a valid key is inserted into the ignition or the вЂ�STARTвЂ™ button is pressed while a valid key is present in the vehicle. If the foot brake is depressed or the hood is opened while remote started, the engine will immediately shut down. Troubleshooting: When the remote start function terminates, the parking lights will п¬‚ash a speciп¬Ѓc number of times to indicate the reason for shutdown: 3 п¬‚ashes: Normal Shutdown 5 п¬‚ashes: Exceeded maximum number of remote starts 6 п¬‚ashes: Foot brake was depressed 7 п¬‚ashes: Hood opened 8 п¬‚ashes: Engine RPM too high 9 п¬‚ashes: Engine failed to start 10 п¬‚ashes: Communication Error If you encounter any problems, the vehicle and remote starter system can always be reset using the following procedure: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Turn off ignition Close doors and lock with the factory key fob Wait 5 minutes Unlock doors with factory key fob Insert key into ignition and start vehicle Wait 1 minute Turn off ignition QRGMBRS 2012-10 2 В© 2012 Directed. All rights reserved.