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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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2014 MDX Base engine starting after double clicking the lock button on remote

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This is my first post after I bought a used 2014 MDX Base. I have dealer installed off market remote starter. It works fine. but recently I have noticed that my car engine starting after I double press or press hold the lock button on Acura remote. This is not a remote key fob, standard fob. Is that normal?

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It's not normal. A vehicle without the factory remote start option should not start with the standard FOB. I'd say your aftermarket remote start is screwed up and interfering. Personally, I'd have the dealer deinstall it and get my money back since it's not behaving as it should - i.e. it's interfering with the factory functions. I wouldn't ever have a dealer install any aftermarket item, especially ones that can be invasive such as a remote starter, car alarm, etc. They usually have a big margin on these items, hence a big markup, and could be using inferior products.
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Should I be concerned? It actually even switches off the engine when I repeat the process.
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I have to admit it seems kind of nice to have lol

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Should I be concerned?
People die of carbon monoxide poisoning from cars left running in attached garages. It happened to a family in our area a few years ago. So YES, you should be concerned.
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People die of carbon monoxide poisoning from cars left running in attached garages. It happened to a family in our area a few years ago. So YES, you should be concerned.
I live a Condo and park my car on covered and ventilated parkade upper level. So that is not a concern for now atleast. I will run it by the dealership and confirm.
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^^ Even if you don't have the carbon monoxide issue, which was an excellent point made by Wanderlust, you still wouldn't want it to be accidentally started without you realizing it and sitting there running burning up your freshly full tank of gas and you wouldn't want the liability of having an unattended running car - it's a safety issue. It's also an added theft exposure - i.e. if it's left running someone could easily break a side window, open the door, hop in, and drive off.

This unit isn't working as it should either due to a poorly designed unit or an improper installation. I still think you should have them remove it and get your money back. If you really want remote start for some reason maybe it's worth a bit extra for the factory one.
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On the flip side, I would argue that it's about as dangerous as just having an OEM remote starter key fob (holding a key vs double pressing a key, both could be accidentally done), except extra care should be taken to not press the lock button twice as quickly as his remote start requires. Aftermarket systems have been around for ages. Yes, things happen sometimes like rolling away after an accidental start or accidentally starting the engine until the fuel runs out. But it's nothing new nor extraordinary that I think warrants removal unless you, OP, are truly uncomfortable with a remote start system. We can't really tell if the double press is the intended way to remote start your vehicle with an unknown aftermarket system after all.
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It is probably an aftermarket remote starter like this one which uses the factory remote, https://fortin.ca/en/features/3x_loc...e_starter.html
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