Oh dear, after concealing the remote start keyfob on a Jeep Cherokee and explaining to my four year old son that you can start the car up by simply waving your arms and exclaiming ‘Start you beast!’, he now things that’s how you can start any and every car using the same words. Looks like a remote starter is next on the Stagea shopping list..
Wait, remote start on a car? What is this chicanery?
It’s the ability to start your car via a remote or key fob from the comfort of outside the actual car. Like say in the kitchen as you chug down the last dregs of breakfast coffee before your morning commute. As your rinse your cup, your car idles outside and slowly gets to optimal operating temperature.
But how does remote start work on a car?
A little hatch opens up on your key fob and an invisible tiny winged demon flies out, warps himself into your vehicles ignition system and proceeds to whisper words of black magic power down wiring until the starter motor fires up in fury.
The remote sends a signal to the receiver in the car which in turn orders the starter motor to turn over, hopefully encouraging the rest of the engine to do the same. So its like putting your key in the ignition and turning…without actually using a key or even sitting behind the steering wheel.
This remote start sounds interesting…tell me now wise one about it’s uses!
It’s especially helpful for cars that require a minute of two of warm up idling before being driven for the first time that day. Cars such as Mazda rotaries that need to be driven like a grandma until they hit the right temp. Also if it’s cold outside you can start the car from the comfort of somewhere warmer, let it idle for a couple of minutes and when you jump in the heater core should be now pumping out the hot stuff instead of warming up slowly.
Also if you’re planning a quick getaway, a remote start seems pretty damn helpful in this situation.
So does my car have remote start?
Well lets see. Stand in front of it when it’s not going and hit every button on your key fob. Does it start?
YES? You have remote start.
NO? You don’t have remote start.
So if I don’t have a remote starter as part of my buttons to press collection…can I get it?
Yes. While some cars come out with with it from factory (the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited I recently fooled my son with is a prime example) you can purchase kits to have the option installed. Some come as part of alarm and immobilizer packages while others are just the remote start option by itself.
What about a remote start on a stick shift? Is that possible?
Yes it is, provided you purchase a remote start kit that’s designed for manuals. These remote starters for manuals are wired into the E brake/hand brake and won’t start the car without the brake on. If in doubt, consult your favorite auto electrician. Something like this will work on cars with either manual or automatic transmission: 2-Way Car Alarm Security Alarm w/ LCD Status Display and Remote Engine Start
Are remote starters legal in INSERT AREA HERE?
It depends on your local road authority really. Best check with them first before you even think about purchasing a kit.
Can I install remote start myself if I get the right parts?
Well you’re more than welcome to try. However if you don’t have a solid grounding in car electronic and ignition systems, it’d be best to use the services of a proper auto electrician. If the remote start is part of an alarm system, many insurance companies will only accept that system if it is installed by a professional (with proof of installation when it comes to claim time.)
A proper car sparky will also let you no if there’s anything else you need for the install, things like bypass modules for example: Universal Immobilizer Bypass for Remote Start
Can you roughly point me in the direction of a few possible choices?
Course I can: