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Old 03-26-2009, 08:17 PM   #1
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Remote Start Durability

Just wondering how often the remote start is designed to be used. Like is more than once a day too much? Does it need any sort of maintenance if you were to use it a lot? Just don't want to screw anything up lol. We have a Cadillac DTS that has it, but we only use the feature maybe 3 times a week (however that is usually me whenever I get to drive it lol, I just love this feature!) Anyways probably worried about nothing but it was bugging me, and if I go remote start crazy one day and do it like 10 times will it cause any damage to anything?
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:19 PM   #2
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Your remote battery will run down minutely faster and that's probably it.
It'd be like sticking in the key and cranking it over.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:21 PM   #3
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go crazy - no harm to the system
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:22 PM   #4
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Yep, just the remote battery will run down quicker. I use mine all the time on my vehicle.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:30 PM   #5
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Ok cool thanks, just what I wanted to hear!
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:31 PM   #6
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:32 PM   #7
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I use my remote start every day prolly from Nov-April in -23c. Never a problem with it or the car. Im pretty impressed with my Magnum!! Always started first time every time!
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:34 PM   #8
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Just wondering how often the remote start is designed to be used. Like is more than once a day too much? Does it need any sort of maintenance if you were to use it a lot? Just don't want to screw anything up lol. We have a Cadillac DTS that has it, but we only use the feature maybe 3 times a week (however that is usually me whenever I get to drive it lol, I just love this feature!) Anyways probably worried about nothing but it was bugging me, and if I go remote start crazy one day and do it like 10 times will it cause any damage to anything?
I know you live in houston but if there is ever a cold day you WILL thank God for it trust me lol
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:40 PM   #9
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I know you live in houston

a cold day in Houston. HAHAHA....you dont know how good you got it weather wise......come live up here from Nov-March average temp probably somewhere around -10 to -20 C (14 to -4 F) You know you are spoiled when you have to use remote start to get the AC going......im so jealous
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:41 PM   #10
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I know you live in houston but if there is ever a cold day you WILL thank God for it trust me lol
Lol yeah <45 F is pretty darn cold by my standards (and yeah bluch I am pretty grateful that I live here, the heat is bad sometimes but overall it is good, can't imagine living with sub-freezing temps for weeks at a time!), but I use remote start mainly to cool it off, feels like you are suffocating for like 10 seconds when you get in the car in the summer w/o it. Headpunter you may want to get another facepalm ready for this next comment - I am going to miss the cooled seats and heated steering wheel from the Caddy lol! I know many of you may think both are pointless waste of money/uneccesary weight additions but I thoroughly enjoy both systems quite frequently so they are well worth it to me.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:45 PM   #11
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a cold day in Houston. HAHAHA....you dont know how good you got it weather wise......come live up here from Nov-March average temp probably somewhere around -10 to -20 C (14 to -4 F) You know you are spoiled when you have to use remote start to get the AC going......im so jealous
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yea well where do u think NY gets all those cold fronts from....CANADA!!
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:45 PM   #12
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The actual remote starting system has absolutely no moving parts whatsoever..... it's all part of the car's computer. In fact, actuating the remote start is EXACTLY the same as inserting the key and turning the switch in the steering column, only you're not doing that part untill you get in to unlock the wheel and keep the engine running.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:13 PM   #13
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Are you talking about from the remote? It's simply a signal being sent. The same as if you used it to unlock the door or trunk (different command, same signal structure, length, strength).

I won't run your remote down any quicker. You're not using any more power to send the command to start the car than you do to unlock it. The only thing that MAY take more power is that you have to actually hold a button down to do the remote start.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:57 PM   #14
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It's not an issue. All it's doing is using relays to do what is normally done with the key.

Only difference is the trigger mechanism, which is the remote and the relay system (alarm brain). Knowing GM it's probably and XRCS micro relay setup (which is a good thing hehe).

They have an anti grind so it won't grind if that's what your thinking.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:27 PM   #15
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yep what they said pretty nice but I wont have one because it will be a 6sp manual
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:33 AM   #16
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I've been using remote starts faithfully for over 10 years now though it's aftermarket. NEVER had an issue. I can tell you this, when it's cold and you have a car thats outside the garage, no ice scraping. When it's hot and your leaving the store by the time you to your car it's blowing nice cold air in your face. Hell for aftermarket on REALLY cold days you can set it to autostart every few hours on it's own and adjust the timer for 12 to 24 minutes. The feature I'm excited about is your heated seats working with it. It's a new function i've never had that will be too late to use but will DEFINITELY get use.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:27 PM   #17
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Bah! I say.

An Edmontonian complaining about cold weather. Ask a Saskabusher or someone from Winterpeg about cold. You guys in Edmonton at least get an occasional chinook.

We had the 'priviledge' of breaking a cold record a few days ago (March 11th) at a balmy -29 celcius, -41 with the windchill. (For you Americans our -40's end up being the same)

That's why its not a big deal that my Camaro order hasn't been pulled yet. I didn't order a block heater so it wont be going anywhere anyways.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:37 PM   #18
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Okay, question...
You hit the button on the key fob and your lovely camaro roars to life...
When you get in, do you put your key in the ignition and turn it to on, or.. does it switch to on when you hit the button, and you just slide your key in, or...
do you not even bother with the key once you get in? (But doesnt the key need to be in to switch to drive?)
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:45 PM   #19
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Okay, question...
You hit the button on the key fob and your lovely camaro roars to life...
When you get in, do you put your key in the ignition and turn it to on, or.. does it switch to on when you hit the button, and you just slide your key in, or...
do you not even bother with the key once you get in? (But doesnt the key need to be in to switch to drive?)
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You put the key in and turn it to acc mode..... if you touch the brake before hand the engine will shut off.

You need to put the key in for a number of reasons: first to turn on all the accessory operations, and also to unlock the steering wheel (when you hit the remote start the steering wheel stays locked in position).
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:51 PM   #20
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I've never heard the brake thing...that's not how it is on any of the current Chevy's.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:02 PM   #21
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Yeah I have factory remote on my G5 and nothing happens when you press the brake. (I even went outside and tried cause you had me wondering). Camaro could be different I guess, but I doubt it
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Yeah I have factory remote on my G5 and nothing happens when you press the brake. (I even went outside and tried cause you had me wondering). Camaro could be different I guess, but I doubt it
lol. So the radio doesnt come on when you remote start (if it was on, obviously)? And what about the AC? Isnt that an accessory, and didnt he just say that you have to put the key in to turn all that on?
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:12 PM   #23
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Okay, question...
You hit the button on the key fob and your lovely camaro roars to life...
When you get in, do you put your key in the ignition and turn it to on, or.. does it switch to on when you hit the button, and you just slide your key in, or...
do you not even bother with the key once you get in? (But doesnt the key need to be in to switch to drive?)
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You still need to put the key in and turn it to the on position. Taht is what unlocks the stearing. Just don't hit the brakes till you have the key in and n, otherwise it will stop the engine.
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You still need to put the key in and turn it to the on position. Taht is what unlocks the stearing. Just don't hit the brakes till you have the key in and n, otherwise it will stop the engine.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:32 PM   #25
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Remote start on the Yuke is durable and my wife uses it at least 3 times a day when the weather calls for it. The one thing that's weird about it though is when you put the key in and turn it to ACC, it will swithc the heater to LOW and it makes me think the truck has just died. It doesn't take long to get used to it, it just sounds like things shut down, when the engine is really purrrring like a kitten. BOOYAH!
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