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Putting a Remote Start in Push-to-Start Car: Is It Possible?

by Clay Smith 15 Nov 2019
Putting a Remote Start in Push-to-Start Car: Is It Possible?

Is it possible to put a remote starter in a push-to-start car? The answer is a resounding, yes!

For many years, drivers kept warm by relying on their Compustar remote starters to start their vehicles in any kind of weather. The Compustar remote starter is a fantastic aftermarket addition to your car or truck.

In this article, we look at how you can use a remote starter on your push-to-start vehicle and the mistakes you can avoid when shopping for one so you don’t get yourself into a pickle. 


How Do Keyless Ignitions Work?

Keyless ignition systems are convenient and, while once a luxury, are now available on most new vehicles. The keyless ignition system first appeared in the late 1990s to early 2000s. And, like many advanced features, they were only available on luxury brands such as Cadillac and Mercedes.

The way the keyless system works is by using a fob that you keep in your purse, pocket, or anywhere it'll be close to the vehicle when you're ready to start it.

The fob emits a low-frequency signal and sends it to the vehicle's computer. When you push the start button in the vehicle, the computer validates the signal and starts the engine.

In addition to keyless ignition, these systems are usually equipped with keyless entry, as well.

Keyless ignition systems are particularly convenient for drivers with disabilities, such as arthritis, which makes it difficult to grip and turn a key. 

Although these systems aren't yet considered standard features, they are available on most vehicles as an option.


So, How Do You Install A Remote Starter In Push-to-Start Car?

Since vehicles with push-to-start technology are becoming more and more popular, you might wonder if it's possible to add an aftermarket remote starter to your keyless ignition system if it didn't come with one installed from the factory.

The good news is, yes, you can do it. The bad news is that installing one of these systems is more complicated than putting on a vehicle that still uses a key ignition.


Choosing a Properly Integrated System

For best performance, you must get a high-quality remote start system that's compatible with your vehicle. While these devices can be pricey, it's better to spend the money on something that's going to work versus something that's going to give you problems.


When installing these systems, you must make the proper electrical connections and route the wires safely and securely so that nothing comes loose.

If you're not handy with tools or have a limited understanding of electrical systems, it's best to get your starter installed by a professional.


How Will It Work?

One question many people ask is if their push-to-start system will work the same after they've installed the remote starter. And the answer is that the vehicle should work the same, and you shouldn't notice any difference.

However, depending on the system you choose, you might notice a few differences in how you interact with the car. For example, in some instances, the user might have to use the button on the starter that unlocks the vehicle if you start it with the remote. 

Also, depending on the model, the car's engine might shut off when you open the door to get in. Simply turn the vehicle on via the push-to-start system and drive as you would if that happens.

In most cases, you won't notice anything different about how you interact with or drive the car.


Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Remote Starter

The world of remote starters is vast, with many brands available and features from which to choose. And with so many choices, it's easy to make mistakes when purchasing a unit. 

Here are the most common mistakes people make and how you can avoid them.

Range Versus Transmitter Power

When buying a remote starter, you will see the package advertise the range at which the starter works. You will often see numbers like 500-foot range or 1,000-foot range. Remember that the manufacturers have to put these measurements on the package, but they're imperfect numbers. 

In ideal conditions, yes, you should get the range listed. But they often don't account for RF interference, walls, or other obstructions.

Now, you may never need to start your car from 1,000 feet away, but you will want to start it from inside a building. This is where transmitter power comes in and why it's more critical in most cases than range.

Look for a remote starter that has plenty of transmission power and don't focus so much on the range.

Getting a Cheap System

You can get a remote starter for as little as $79.99 that comes with a link to a YouTube video or a DVD showing you how to install a remote start yourself because it isn’t too complicated if you consider yourself somewhat handy. 

Since most people don't know which brand of remote starter is the highest quality, it's ideal to read reviews carefully and don’t be afraid to speak to the retailer to ensure you get one that's most compatible with your vehicle. 

You can tell a lot by how a retailer responds to your questions - customer service and professionalism are key! 

Not Getting Enough Features

The last mistake people often make is not getting all of the features they want. Some people go for the cheap option of just a remote starter, but then later wish they'd gotten one with more functions such as a trunk release or rear window defroster activator.

Again, talk to high-quality retailers to find out what they would recommend for you. You're always better off spending a little more to get a high-quality system than going for a cheap system and regretting it later.

Getting a remote starter for your push-to-start vehicle is a big decision and one you shouldn't take lightly. Make sure to do plenty of research and ask a lot of questions before taking the plunge. It's an excellent aftermarket add on for your vehicle and will certainly make your life more convenient. 

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