What is it that you're wanting to accomplish by doing this? Idling to
warm up the heater maybe but to warm up the engine? This uses gas. If
you have synthetic, it doesn't need as much warming up like petroleum
based oils does. If you have it plugged in w/ a block heater, have you
got a switch in your house to switch it off?
On 31 Oct 2005 14:45:02 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I put a remote start on my (Pontiac) van so the windsheild starts to
defrost before I leave the driveway. I always removed all the snow
from the windsheild and scraped off the ice before I drove, - with the
engine running - but unless I warm it up a bit longer than it takes to
scrape it, the windsheild is still cold enough that it fogs up when I
get in. Driving into the morning (low) sun with a fogged windshield is
a good way to get yourself killed - so I consider the fuel burned
worth while. Yes, I COULD install a block heater - but then I have to
deal with the cord - and I'd hate to get it tangled in the snow
Now after a good snow, I usually clear the windsheild, start the
snowblower, and when I'm about 5 minutes from finished blowing snow I
just reach into my pocket and start the van. Clear windshield and no
frost on the steering wheel when I get in.
I have remote starters on all of my cars and have had the feature on all of
may cars for many years. After one installs a remote starter they soon
discover the REAL advantage of a remote starter is starting the air
conditioner, not the heater. One seldom enters a car when not dressed for
the cold weather. Entering a car that has been cooled is much better then
entering one when the internal temperature is 120 degrees or more ;)
There are way too many on the market for me to even guess anymore. I've used
AutoCommand in the past with good luck.... A friend installed a Bulldog on
his 03 Explorer with minimal assistance from me - I'd check Bulldogs
website... IIRC, my friends kit came with an installation video and some
"piggyback connectors were available to make installation painless.
I will advise against installing a remote start in a manual trans vehicle.,
however, I do recommend adding features you may not have.... if you have
power locks, remote keyless entry is available as is a "panic alarm/car
finder". Others feature various "valet" modes that will run the car in the
event of cold weather, battery voltage decay or other conditions. While long
range is high on my list, I do like some of these valet features.
You can expect overall mileage to take a real hit depending on weather
conditions and whether your wife drives and likes to "visit". Where I live,
I can set the defroster up the night before and a few minutes of running
softens the rime on the windshield for easier scraping.... by the time I've
done that, the "edge" is off the air in the cab.... Those in warmer climes
will not be able to appreciate these effects.
If you forge ahead with your project, I will caution against using
Scotch-Lok type connectors. These are very intrusive and will reduce the
wire guage at their point of installation and leave connections open to
corrosion. While time consuming, soldering the connections is the surest way
to troublefree operation. Make your installation in such a fashion as to
avoid hampering any other repairs you may ever need to make. This will
either reduce your frustration level, reduce hired shops time or both.....
English translation - I've worked on some pretty scarey sh*t...
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