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    i am looking to fit a remote starter to my e36,i have looked online and heard so many horror stories from people who have had them fitted in garages by qualified mechanics.as a wouldbe mechanic i want to go ahead with this modification but would like any advice i can from people who have fitted it themselfs
     
     

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    Why do you need remote start?

    If you check your BMW handbook it actually advises that once the vehicle has been started you must drive. Unlike other cars they advise they you do not sit and wait for the engine to warm up as it has a detrimental effect on the engine
     
     

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    i didnt realise that,1st time iv heard that
     
     

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    Nor me, does it say why A20?
     
     

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    Quote from the handbook.....

    "Do not allow the engine to warm up at a standstill, but drive off as soon as possible, using moderate engine speeds"

    The apparent reason for this is that the engine is designed to warm up as a whole and running the engine at a standstill only warms up certain parts of the engine leaving some essential components cold, making them vulnerable to failure.

    I remember asking this when I bought my car and that's pretty much what I was told. Specifics were not discussed, but I'm sure if you wanted to know more you could as your local dealer.

    Besides.... why waste petrol warming it up if you don't need to??

     
     

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    oooooooo very nice thanks for that Dragon. Always good to know
     
     

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    Something to do with oil circulation aswell..

    Anyway bigg999 its easy enough to install a remote start alarm but the main thing is you'll have to leave your transponder chip taped somewhere near the barrell. This obviosly isn't a good idea as it makes the car easier to steal.
     
     

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    thanks shamM3,can you give any more details on how to install the remote starter,i have just installed gear knob with start button.i want to fit remote start so i can defrost my car as my door window anr door handle freeze up when its frosty
     
     

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    Is the gear knob wired up?

    For the remote start you'd need to tap into all the ignition wires so the ignition comes on, (dashboard etc) then tap the actual starter wire, the same as the gear knob start button.

    How good are you with electrics?
     
     

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    You'll need to buy the remote start alarm of ebay or somehwere and wire it up as per their instructions.

    Took me 2 hours when I fitted it to my pug106. Always make sure the car is out of gear when you leave it!

    One wire will go to your ignition2 and then a 2second pulse to the starter (black/yellow) wire. You'll need to wire up the central locking aswell so the car stays locked when started untill u unlock it from the remote.

    Other things that need wiring in are: brake pedal (optional really) and a tap into the reverse light switch so car wont start when in reverse. Door switches, so if someone brakes in the engine will cut off and alarm siren sounds

    Get your wiring diagram up for the alarm and we can all help you out, theres quite a few members on here good with electrics
     
     

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