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#2448168 - 11/29/11 01:15 PM Remote starter started car without me
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 15594
Loc: Upstate NY
Today my Jeep started on its own. Viper remote starter. The fob was in the pocket of pants on a wicker chest and nothing else was in the pocket and I was not touching the pants. Remote starter installed in Sept. The parking lights were turned on by the remote starter so I know it was the remote starter that started the car and not a ghost. I was at my desk and heard it start and saw the parking lights on. No one else is home. Only one fob. The fob has no keys on its ring.

This happened once before and I assumed it was due to a bunch of keys in my back pocket along with the fob.
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#2448172 - 11/29/11 01:22 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: Donald]
wirelessF Offline


Registered: 10/04/07
Posts: 1514
Loc: Oahu, Hawaii
What model do you have? I have the Viper 5701 and I have it set where you press the remote start button two times to avoid accidental starting. I keep my keys in my pants pocket and I move around a lot where sometimes it would lock/unlock accidently.

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#2448184 - 11/29/11 01:34 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: wirelessF]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 15594
Loc: Upstate NY
Originally Posted By: wirelessF
What model do you have? I have the Viper 5701 and I have it set where you press the remote start button two times to avoid accidental starting. I keep my keys in my pants pocket and I move around a lot where sometimes it would lock/unlock accidently.


Mine is set the same way, need to press the yellow button twice.
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#2448186 - 11/29/11 01:38 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: Donald]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 12837
Loc: apple valley, ca
I would guess some sort of RF interfierence from another fob,CB or Ham radio.
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#2448187 - 11/29/11 01:43 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 4827
Loc: Toronto, Canada
Or botched installation that started manifesting itself just now.
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#2448190 - 11/29/11 01:46 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: Donald]
morris Offline


Registered: 08/24/08
Posts: 3681
Loc: ks, wichita
your next door teenager is running his radio control truck. get a ham radio operator check 2.4 GHZ range or 27 mhz am.

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#2448211 - 11/29/11 02:12 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: Donald]
440Magnum Offline


Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 7172
Loc: Texas
This is why I hate remote door locks, starters, etc. That and the fobs are so dang big.
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#2448213 - 11/29/11 02:16 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: Donald]
morris Offline


Registered: 08/24/08
Posts: 3681
Loc: ks, wichita
computer network?

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#2448245 - 11/29/11 02:43 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: Donald]
Xlr8r1 Offline


Registered: 06/08/11
Posts: 46
Loc: IL
You don't have some kind of "Timer Mode" turned on by accident?

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#2448286 - 11/29/11 03:26 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: Donald]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 15594
Loc: Upstate NY
I live in the sticks, no nearby neighbors. Only woods. I have cordless phones and WIFI. The place that did it knows what they are doing and does the install for several new car dealers.
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#2448318 - 11/29/11 03:46 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: Donald]
EricF Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 1634
Loc: SF Bay Area
some alarms with remote start fire up the motor when the battery voltage gets to a certain level to charge the battry backup.
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#2448617 - 11/29/11 07:55 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: EricF]
MrCritical Offline


Registered: 08/04/07
Posts: 2340
Loc: La.
Take the battery out of the fob and see if the problem goes away. If it does, get a new fob.

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#2448628 - 11/29/11 08:03 PM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: EricF]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 26898
Loc: ME
Originally Posted By: EricF
some alarms with remote start fire up the motor when the battery voltage gets to a certain level to charge the battry backup.


This or if it gets real cold there's a "pit stop" mode to keep the heat on.

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#2448925 - 11/30/11 03:43 AM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: Donald]
methusaleh Offline


Registered: 06/09/05
Posts: 398
Loc: New England
You can check the back of the remote control or the owner's manual for the FCC ID number.

Plug it in here:

http://transition.fcc.gov/oet/ea/fccid/

...and you can see what frequency/frequencies your system uses. Then narrow down possible interference.

In my experience, most are either in the 210 or 430MHz ranges.

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#2448928 - 11/30/11 04:18 AM Re: Remote starter started car without me [Re: Donald]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 23209
Loc: NY
It happened to a buddy of mine, turns out it was his neighbors garage door opener. This was about 10 years ago though. We don't live in the sticks though.
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