Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Ontario & Oceanside CA.
I had one of these on a 75 Pontiac winter beater. It had a solenoid with a chain hooked to the linkage to set the choke, and would start the car. The interior temperature sensor was the device that would shut the motor off and re start It, not a remote key fob. On standard tranny cars, you would wire around the safety switch and leave the car In neutral with the parking brake on. It was nice to get into a warm car with all the windows defrosted in the morning, until a malfunction let the car run all night and used a half tank of gas. These car starters have long been discontinued. Reason one. Because they don't make cars with carburetors anymore. Reason two. Because people would unwitingly set them to activate while the car was in the garage. It was OK If the garage wasn't attached to the house, but If It was, everyone In the house would die of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Recently, near where I live, there was an Incident where a person with a new car equipped with a remote car starter, parked It In their garage (garage attached to the house). The woman of the house gave the keys to the baby to play with (remote key fob attached) In It's crib to keep him quiet while she was trying to put him to bed. The bodies of all five people of the family were discovered the next day by other family members who investigated after nobody would answer the phone. After the Investigation It was learned how this happened. All new remote car starters are equipped (or should be by law) with a timer to shut the motor off after a preset time.
I know I added a lot more Info here than what you asked for, (sorry) but people should be very aware of how these thing can kill. They are a trick Item, and used properly are OK. In the winter I just get up 15 minutes earlier and start the car. It's safer, and cheaper on gas!
[This message has been edited by GMJim (edited 12-27-2002).]