I bought a remote car starter about a week ago. The car starts from the
house but I can't get my car to start from the inside two different bowling
alleys, the grocery store, inside a restaurant or from inside the building
at work. I'm very close to the car in all instances. I bought an Avital
from Best Buy. I understand that DEI makes Avital, Clifford, Viper and a
few other brands. In all the literature it never states what the range of
the remotes are. I'm wondering if anyone out there has a remote car starter
and how it works from inside building like I described? Also, what brand do
you own? Another gripe is that I lost my panic button, interior lights and
audible beep when you leave the lights on and try to leave the car..
Thanks in advance.
When we bought our Impala a couple years ago I promised my wife we'd
get a remote starter. Then I called three dealerships to see
which one they recommended & what they would get to install it.
All 3 had the same answer--- don't put a remote starter on that car!
All were friendly enough & mentioned a brand if I insisted that I
wanted one, but they wouldn't install it. They all said that it
might work fine for a week, a month, or a year, but that they would
eventually interfere with the anti-theft device already on the car &
I'd have a no-start situation that would require a major fix.
I don't know anything about those remotes, but my point is, that it is
probably important to know what make,model, year car you have.
I could do without the panic button, and my car turns off its own
lights-- but no interior lights would have me talking to the factory.
[just a WAG, here, but since the lights should have nothing to do with
your starting system, is there a possibility that you crossed a wire
someplace & the power is bleeding off into those circuits?]
Ok listen up!! There is nothing wrong with the remote starters . the problems
arise from the goons doing the installations. They don't know what they are
doing for the most part. The range should be about 800 ft. I have three of them
and they all work thru walls, maybe you need a new battery.
You lost you panic button because you opted for the remote starter and not
security system. All remote starters render the OEM security feature useless
unless you carry both the original remote and the car start remote. The only
way around this is to disable the OEM security system and pay for the security
system that goes with remote starter. If you push the door look on the remote
starter control your are not setting the security on. To test this lock the
doors with the original OEM door lock control. Then without starting the car
open the door with the remote starter control. Your alarm should go off. YOu
can get around this by always starting the car with the remote starter this
makes the cars computer think the key is in the ignition and turns off the
alarm then you can use the remote control to open the doors. They aren't
perfect because they are not OEM they are aftermarket. The important thing to
remember is to go to a reputable installer not a radio guy. I use Tweeter here
in the Northeast. I have had probably 10 ubits installed for myself and for
gifts and havent had any trouble.
With further research I'm discovering that I would need the remote start and
alarm for the panic button and chirp to work. However, would I have less
chance of having problems with a new alarm vs. keeping my factory alarm.
Also, what brands do you like for remote starters?
Every problem I've experience with auto alarms working well in some areas
but not in others has turned out to be localized RF (radio frequency)
interference. So far as I can tell the starter dongles use the same
frequency band as do alarm dongles so your problem might be the same as I've
experienced. Sad thing is that there is little if anything to be done about
it short of hacking the transmitter circuitry to force it to emit a stronger
signal and you can only go so far there because of the puny battery power
Sorry, but I don't think this falls under the purview of home repair
even for those of us with Winnebagos. Perhaps posing the question to an
automotive help group might be more useful in the near term, maybe?
[after Ron G wrote of his experience with remotes in pockets]
Someone should really make a flip-cover for remotes. I have a garage
door opener that is constantly going off and an 2001 Impala remote
whose panic button went off frequently until I gave it a drop of super
glue to shut it up forever.
Hi---sounds like we think alike. :-)
I've seen you on the electronics design group, and hold your posts in high
CFPE (Certified Fluid Power Engineer) Registration covers entire USA
(worked my ever lovin' butt off--glad I'm retired)
Best to you from Illinoise :-)
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I had the car looked at today and all the little problems I was having were
fixed. They even installed a new antenna and repositioned it.
Unfortunately, I can't get the car to start inside most stores. I tried
CVS, the grocery store, a bowling alley and inside a school. My car was
close in all instances. I'm thinking that the Avital starter doesn't have a
good range. Does anyone else have this problem with remote starters. I
would hate to have the unit pulled out and then get the Audiovox Presitge
unit at another shop to discover that all the units don't work in most
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