Vehicles today are surely not like vehicles of old. They have gotten very complex, and one of the most complex parts of a modern vehicle is the electrical system. We get the question from time to time at Extreme Audio about how safe is it for a person to try and install a remote start themselves. Here is our simple answer: “Don’t do it.”
It’s All About The Bus
Let me explain. Modern vehicles use multiplex wiring systems, which means that one wire may control multiple functions in a vehicle. This is important to know because if the car senses any abnormlity in the wiring it will issue a fault code, which is not good. Many vehicles also use a Can-Bus system to allow the different modules in the vehicle to communicate with each other. Consider when you have a computer system at your house and you connect everything together using USB connections. The USB would be the BUS (Universal Serial Bus for you Techies) system that allows everything to communicate. And when a BUS system sees anything out of the ordinary, it throws a fault code. Again, that is not good. Everyone has experienced frustration when dealing with computers before. You run those same risks if you try to install your own remote starter system.
The Internet Will Not Help You Fix A Botched Install
A modern remote starter communicates over the BUS network by using a data module that gets programmed with software common to that vehicle. Say you try to install a remote starter system yourself. When you get into your vehicle and get stumped, or you find out that you need to make a software revision on your module, what will you do? The internet is a very powerful tool, but the chance of fixing a botched remote starter install with the internet is slim. What can make matters more interesting is that a wrong connection could set off a myriad of lights in your dash that look like a Christmas tree. And that is not good.
Go To A Professional For A Remote Start Install
The good news is that Extreme Audio is very familiar with modern BUS networks and multiplexed wiring in vehicles. They do not intimidate us. We enjoy them because, when you know how to harness the power of a modern electrical system, it can make your job easier and more reliable. We spend countless hours training and researching modern electrical systems so you don’t have to. We have a network of technical support contacts that ensure that even if we do run across a new problem, we will have an answer as quickly as we can make a phone call.
Installation Is Part Of the Convenience
So in the end, we would love to sell you a remote car starter. We think they are one of life’s greatest convenience items. But we also want you to consider that the installation of one of these convenience items should be left to the pros. The people that install them day in and day out.
We invite you to Contact Us, call us, or better yet, stop by our facility today and let us get to know you better. You can tell us where your vehicle gets parked over an average week, and then we will offer you what we feel will be the best solution for you. We look forward to meeting you.