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Learn About Remote Start

SoundsGood likes to provide convenience features like making your car warm before you sit
down to drive. What you may not realize is that warming up your car is actually healthy for your
butt and your car. Starting it on cold days takes longer for things to be ready for acceleration.
So, a remote starter will help you keep your vehicle mechanically fit. Everything from gasoline,
diesel, push-start, and even manual transmission vehicles can be remotely started! We have
even installed one in an electric car so that the owner can set his temperature to where he
wants it before he gets in to drive!


This also offers the opportunity for additional features to be added, like a security system;
heated seats by remote; vehicle cooling/heating, and the ability to control any 12-volt item via
a remote-controlled key fob.


More features include various range options. We can use your factory fob or set you up with
new fobs that have some insane range… like 3 miles!


The ultimate and the one becoming the most popular this year is the advent of the cellphone
integration app. You can start your car from anywhere there is cell service. It will tell you that
your doors are locked or if your battery has issues or if your remote starter has timed out. It
truly is the best idea that this Gen-X has seen for a long time.

 

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As the weather cools off each fall and winter, more and more people find themselves hunting for the best remote starter. These vehicle electronics have been providing comfort and convenience to users for many years, but how do remote starters work? 

A remote starter consists of several pieces of hardware that make it possible for you to safely turn your engine off and on at the push of a button. Depending on the hardware and the remote you can start your vehicle from up to 3-miles away! Plus, you can add a Drone LTE vehicle telematics system to enable smartphone controls with unlimited range. 

To make a remote starter work, you need: a properly installed control module, a bypass module, wiring, and a remote. 

  • Control Module – The hardware that performs all the remote start functions by communicating with the vehicle and other pieces of the Compustar system.

  • Bypass Module – A piece of hardware that makes remote start possible on modern vehicles without disabling the factory security system.

  • Wiring – A series of wires that connects the remote start hardware to your vehicle. These wires might differ depending on your system/vehicle. 

  • Remote Transmitter – The device is given to the vehicle’s owner, which allows them to control all functions of their Compustar system.

Please note, depending on the system you choose, and the vehicle in which it will be installed, these hardware pieces might differ, but some version of them is required for all systems. It's best to contact one of our remote car starter experts today!

In short, remote starters simulate the engine starting sequence you initiate when you turn on the car with your key. However, a remote car starter does this without a physical key in the ignition. This is made possible when the control module is wired into your ignition switch and other starter mechanisms. Once the system is installed, you can send signals to the control module using the buttons on your remote transmitter.

Once your remote start control module is installed, it receives commands from your aftermarket remote transmitter via unique radio frequencies. These signals tell the control module to lock, unlock, remote start, and much more.

Each part of the Compustar system connects to and communicates with the control module to perform all security and remote start functions, much like the motherboard of a computer.

On paper, remote car starters might sound simple: insert a box in the car and use a remote to control the box. However, the installation process can be incredibly complex. When wiring in the control module, you have to know how to properly connect it to the ignition switch as well as the power, ignition, starter, brake, and tachometer wires.

The Bypass Module in Action

This piece of hardware makes remote start possible on modern cars, without sacrificing the security of your vehicle. Most modern vehicles are sold with an immobilizer, an electronic security device that prevents the engine from running without the correct key. From 2000 onward, all vehicles now require a bypass module to be flashed with the vehicle’s firmware to communicate commands properly, without the physical presence of the key.

To put it in more familiar terms, the bypass module works like a middleman between a remote starter and the vehicle, ensuring that communication can happen fluidly and securely.

The remote you use to control your system can impact the distance from which you can send vehicle commands. Some remotes send what we call “2-way” commands while others are only capable of “1-way” commands. You can even control additional parts of your vehicle, such as your windows or sliding doors with certain remotes.

If you’ve never heard of a remote starter before, then today’s your lucky day. If you live in an area with extreme heat in the summer or extreme cold in the winter, then a remote start system can transform your driving experience. This is because remote starters allow you to warm up or cool down your vehicle without having to turn the key. 

Picture this: It’s a cold winter day and your vehicle is covered in snow. If you have a remote starter, then you can melt the snow off of your vehicle without having to brave the cold. You simply have to remote start your vehicle and let your defrosters do the work for you. This way your vehicle will be ready to go in time for your morning commute! Contact us today, we are the local remote car starter experts here at SoundsGood Auto.