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Old 07-07-2010, 01:48 PM   #1
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remote start

... another post while I eat my leftovers: wanted to install a remote start for the winter months but a local shop said they won't do an install on a manual tranny, yet crutchfield sells one that would seem to work with a stick. Is this just the particular shop's policy, or is this standard unless I do it myself?

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Old 07-07-2010, 03:58 PM   #2
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Shops stopped installing remote starters on manual transmission vehicles because sometimes the safety switch thet will prevent it ftom starting unless it is in neutral gets overidden. And if it is and you start in gear it is going for a ride w/o a driver.

You need to do it yourself so you insurance company can just drop you when it happens and no one else to point a finger at.

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Old 07-07-2010, 04:11 PM   #3
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x2, i know legally in CT you can't over-ride or remove the clutch sensor, so no shop will install a remote start, its a diy project.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:07 PM   #4
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Before I became a jeep owner,I had a subaru. It had remote start w/a 5 speed. Nobody could tell me where it was installed. But it sure was nice at 5 a.m. on a winter morning....
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:29 PM   #5
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Maybe it is just me, but I thought we all accepted the idea of driving topless year round, so isn't the remote start kinda a mute point???

Unless you drive a grocery-getting hummer, of course...

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Old 08-09-2010, 08:46 PM   #6
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Speaking as a former (18 years) car audio/video/security shop manager,I HIGHLY RECOMMEND AGAINST IT!I only did one in 18 years,and it was ironically enough,on a Jeep YJ.I always refused to do it.The only reason I did this one was because it was a very good friend,who would not heed my advice,and I caved just to shut him up and prove a point.You have to bypass the clutch safety switch,and use the emergency brake as a safety switch-brake on-remote star works,brake off,it doesn't.It was fine until he took it to the shop for alignment,and an errant mechanic accidentally pressed the button-BAM-it started up in gear,ran off the end of the alignment lift rack,and mangled the very expensive alignment machine,as well as some of the front end of his Jeep!DANGEROUS!I can tell a few more stories similar to this regarding fellow employees doing the same to their own personal manual transmission-equipped vehicles,and every one of them ends in a similar way!Best to not do that!
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:48 PM   #7
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Do it yourself, I've got one on my bmw 5spd. You have to train yourself to leave it out of gear when you park. The only safety switch I have is a switch near my dash, for when I take it in to the shop for tires or something I can't do myself and when I park on hills. I just picked up a TJ and I'll be looking for a remstart/alarm soon.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:07 PM   #8
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My best friend wants to do this on his Tacoma with a manual transmission. I advised him against it repeatedly. I spoke to my local car audio shop (who I've dealt with for years) and they said they'd do it (to my surprise) but they also advise against it. They said that 80% of the ones they've done in the past end up driving through a wall.

I had remote start on my old Firebird (Automatic) and LOVED it. Was funny to hear that V8 crank up and scare the crap out of passersby. But I wouldn't dare do it to either of my current cars. Especially the Jeep... I don't trust the parking brake. If I don't park it in gear it has a tendency to roll. Even after adjusting the brakes.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:22 PM   #9
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My 4 banger will roll on a steep hill in gear. You can feel the enging turning. That's a product of low compression and nothing can be done about it. Therefore I must use the parking brake on a steep hill.
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:42 PM   #11
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I'm thinking of putting one in my 05' 6-speed TJ. I'm going wire a covered toggle switch into my clutch bypass in the fuse box under the hood. This way I have to actively think about flipping up the cover to turn it on as well as take it out of gear. I won't drive around with the switch on because I've heard it causes your 4-lo light to stay on and that would drive me crazy.

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