Remote Starter Woes and slow starting...
Hey guys, so I don't know if these two problems have anything to do with each other or not, but here goes:
1.) So my Jeep has some kind of aftermarket remote starter installed in it by the original owner. Whoop-dee-doo, I don't really care about them, but it's got it. However, it's already proven to be a problem. I don't know if it had some tacky wiring in it or what, but something don't quite seem to be right. For one, when you use it (hold "start" button for a few seconds while lights flash) it tries to start the Jeep, but doesn't turn it over long enough for it to start. Then when you go to get in after the failed start, everything inside is on, as if the key is turned to on, but the key is still in your hand. From there, when you try to start it, it will start up, but then just die immediately, and everything is still just set to on, even if you remove the key. So you gotta try lock and unlock cycles like crazy, until finally everything inside turns off, and then start it, but then like tonight, when you start it again, it will still keep killing itself. Finally, I had to start it, and quickly rev it up and hold it for a while, and then drop it into reverse holding a low rpm, and then into drive and drive a little bit, in which case it will then hold fine after. Makes NO sense. I want to just tear the damn thing right out of the car, but have no clue what to pull. I wonder if maybe it's not working properly because the remote batteries are nearly dead (only starts and unlocks Jeep from like 5ft away), idk. Just not gonna use it at all right now to avoid these little "lockout" fits.
2.) Part of the remote start issue is that when it tries to turn over, the Jeep starts a little slow, and the remote starter stops cranking before the engine actually fires up. It seems like the Jeep in general is just starting a little slow (slower than my old one always did anyways). I know these jeep use a lower torque starter stock, so they crank a little longer but do start, which is true, when cranking by hand/key it does always start, just takes a couple secs. However, is this a sign maybe my starter is just dying? Maybe time for a new, stronger starter? If it's getting worn out, I'd rather just replace it ahead of time before it just quits, especially since it's causing issues with the remote starter.
I don't know why anyone needed a remote start, the things got heated seats as it is!!! Ugh, more electrical gremlins to deal with. I really, really would prefer to just tear the unit right out (although that would also kill my remote door locks since they're integrated into one unit).
'99 WJ Laredo 4.0L, 174K, NP242 (Current)