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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-08-2003, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Remote Starter / Timer Mode

Looking for advise folks:

I have a DEI Hornet Security/Remote Starter. MDL 553T

There is a function called TIMER MODE.

Timer Mode will automagically start my car every 3 hours and allow it to run for a programmable amount of time.

It's cold. It's been cold. It's going to be cold for a while.

Should I allow my 2.7L to take advantage of this?

If so, how long shall I let it run? 12 minutes is the factory default. I can program from 1 to 60 minutes.

If not, why?
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You'll likely get varied responses on this. Many will likely say that it's not in the best interest of the engine to sit and idle for extended periods of time which it would be doing. I don't think it's going to have any possitive affect on engine longevity.

BTW: the only options you have for run time are 12, 24 or 60 minutes unless you have it programmed using a special tool called a "Bitwriter"... ;)
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I dont know if you would really wanna do this or not how cold does it get down to up there would be the first thing, and then how often do you move your car a day? I've got the Viper 550ESP w/remote start and I use it when I go to work and when I leave thats it.
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I would recommend a block heater and a battery blanket heater instead of running at idle. (Assuming you have the convenience of running an extension cord to your vehicle)
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It's been shy of 30 since Friday AM. It's 33 right now and headed back below 30. Last night was the first eve I did Timer Mode. It was fun. I looked out the window at about 12AM to watch the cars start [Wife has the Valet 551T in her Explorer]. I got bored and went to bed. I'll use it when it drops low ...don't want to have to take out a 2nd mortgage to feed her 5.0L. Electricity is kind of expensive around here [RE: Blanket solutions] Maybe I'll clean out the garage and stick a car in there!
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With extended idling periods like that you'll want to consider changing your oil more frequently. Extended idling will cause things like gasoline contamination in your oil system...
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30 really isn't that cold, I know, I live in North Dakota!! When it's 30 out I don't even consider pluggin my car in. Last couple nights it has been getting colder, to the tune of near or just below zero. Last night I finally bought a couple cords so I could plug it in where I'm staying. Last night it was right around zero, it was about 2-3 above when I left for work at 6:45 am. Tonight it's gonna be about the same so it'll get plugged in tonight also.
It's not a matter of my car starting or not when it's cold out, I know it'll always started even when it's well below zero. It's just a lot easier on the engine when you start it after a really cold night plus it warms up alot faster so you don't waste so much gas letting it warm up. Leather seats are kinda like sitting on a block of ice after the first few seconds of getting in my car in the morning! I discovered that my block heater, which I don't know the wattage of-probably at least 500, uses a mere $.25 worth of electricity when plugged in all night for 9 hours. I need to get a timed outlet because it really only needs to be plugged in 3-4 hours before starting.

I really want to get a remote starter as soon as I can afford one. When it's 30 above I would just start it 5-10 mins before you leave and don't worry about having it start every so often throughout the night.

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