A remote start can be a huge convenience and lifesaver on those days of extreme temperatures. They can also be a little intimidating if you’ve never had one before. We’ve lined up some of the most common questions and info people have about remote starts and how to use them. Enjoy.

  • Can a thief steal your car if it’s running with the remote start?

The remote start system keeps the doors locked if you left them locked when you last got out of the vehicle. Many systems include a keyless entry so you can even lock your doors once you start it, as long as you are within range. Also, even if a thief does get into your running vehicle, they’ll need to keys to go anywhere. As soon as they touch the brake pedal (required to shift out of park) the engine will die unless the keys are put into the ignition and turned to the “on” position.

  • Are remote starts legal? Is it illegal to leave a car running and unattended?

Check your local city/state regulations. These are laws are designed to keep people from leaving keys in the ignition making it easy to steal a car, but you can’t just drive off in a car running from a remote start. If the keys are in the ignition, it may be against the law. Without the keys (with the remote start) it may be fine. But check your local laws, they can be stupid sometimes.

  • Will Chux Trux install a remote that I bought online or somewhere else?

No. Most of the time we’ll gladly install items bought elsewhere. Remotes are one of the exceptions. Many of these take half a day to install and that’s if you’re familiar with the brand. For any other brands it could take even longer, costing you more money. Plus we can’t warranty any part that we didn’t sell you.

  • Does a remote start work in warm weather?

Yep, turn your AC on high in summer when you leave your car so when you turn the remote on next time, the AC will be on.

  • What about cold weather?

Yep. Leave the heater on high when you get out so it’ll warm your vehicle up nice and toasty when you use the remote start next time.

  • What’s the difference between a 1-way vs a 2-way remote system?

1-way is cheaper, but like everything else, you get what you pay for. Does a 1-way work? Sure it does. But how do you know it worked? Were you out of range? Did your vehicle actually start or did the motor just turn over (like on super cold days when it’s hard to start)? A 1-way transmits a signal to the vehicle, but it doesn’t “talk back”.  If you park where you can see your vehicle from a window, then you may be able to tell if it started by the headlights or the exhaust on cold days. 2-way systems have either indicator lights on your key fob or a small screen that actually tells you that the vehicle was successfully started. You talk to it and it talks to you. The 2-way remotes cost more but are definitely worth it if you can’t always see your vehicle.

Most vehicles have factory keys (with the thick, black head on them) that send a transponder code to your vehicle’s immobilizer system to allow the vehicle to start. Without that transponder code, it won’t start. With a remote start system, you have to have a bypass module to allow a transponder code to be sent to the immobilizer system even without that factory key in the ignition.

  • Why do you need me to bring another key to the vehicle for the install?

Most of the vehicles that use new interface systems require two keys that start the ignition for programming purposes. Your vehicle has to have a key in the proximity so the transponder can “talk” to the computer. One of these keys will be “buried” deep inside your vehicle that allows it to talk to the vehicles computer when you hit the start button. But don’t worry, you won’t be able to get to this key and neither will a thief.

  • What is the range of the remote start? What is clear line of sight?

The range of the remote start means how far away from your vehicle the remote needs to be to start it. Clear line of site is what’s between your key fob and the vehicle. If you work inside a big building like a commercial building, hospital or school, that range goes down a lot. You have doors, walls, insulation, wiring, plumbing and then trees, bushes and other vehicles and who knows what else between your key fob and your vehicle. Go for a remote start with a range much higher range than you think you’ll need and you won’t have to worry about being too far away.

  • How long does it run once I start it?

Most systems come pre-set at 15 to 20 minutes. We can set it for you, but generally it’s left at 20 minutes. This gives your car or truck enough time to warm up on cold days or cool down on hot days.

  • Will the remote start void my factory warranty?

Nope.

  • Will remote starts work with diesel and/or stick shifts?

Yes and yes. We have remote starts that have features that’ll work with your vehicle’s needs. Even for vehicles with push-button starts. Most of our remote starters include the option to tie into the glow plug light that diesels use. When the glow plug light goes out, the remote start unit senses this and then starts the vehicle. Sometimes, we have to install a delay in the remote starter so the glow plugs get fully heated. Depending on the vehicle and engine, this could be anywhere from 5 seconds to as much as 30 seconds.

So overall, getting a remote start for your vehicle is the way to go. You’ll climb into a warm and toasty vehicle each morning on your way to work and into a nice, cool cab when you leave work on those hot summer afternoons. Either way, once you have Chux Trux install your remote start, you’ll be spoiled and not want to go without a remote again.