Originally Posted by CFoote
Andy, my advice would be to dump that remote starter (take it out, all of it!) and then install a new one if you want a remote starter.
The car is still awake and happy this morning; the culprit was the remote starter, with its Lock circuit stuck on. The box is coming out, permanently, as soon as I can label all the connections going off to various places in the wiring harness, so I can easily install some different brand later.
I still have to relocate my Lock and Unlock connections from the driver'* door switch to the driver'* outside door lock, so that zapping the locks with the remote will also set the factory security system. The way it'* set up right now, the system only arms if the inside door switch is pressed _while_ the door is open, since the system assumes that you're getting out. If the Lock pulse is sent to the driver'* key lock instead, the system thinks you're already outside the car, locking it with a key, and will arm the system with all doors closed, as it should.
What kind of remote start was it? I had nothing but problems with Clifford alarms back in the day (now owned by DEI).
The culprit is a BulldogSecurity RS-102, the second one to go bad on me in routine service. The first one failed in a more spectacular way on our '96 Trans Sport minivan. One morning about two hours after I'd left for work, I got a frantic phone call from my wife to say that the minivan had suddenly started itself _in_ the garage, and was still periodically cranking the starter, grinding it into the flywheel (even though the tach connection was set up, so in normal use it would detect the engine running).
It didn't stop by itself until it had fried the starter solenoid. After she got the engine shut off at last, I had her pull _all_ the fuses until I could get home and sort things out. That box also came right out, of course, and she would appreciate it if I did _not_ put in another one, no matter what brand it is.
(If you want to smell something _rancid_ sometime, try replacing a fried solenoid.)
So I'll take recommendations for a new brand of remote starter, and BulldogSecurity is definitely off my Christmas card list forever. (Still gotta look at the original paperwork and see if I've got a warranty claim on any of this mess...) I'm looking for a reliable brand (Duh...), preferably without an alarm, since I don't need one; with good range, so I can zap it from my train as we're pulling into the station; and with some 2-way communication and/or LCD display so I know when it'* running.