We hear it all the time: “Do you have a diesel remote starter?” or “Can you install a remote car starter on my diesel truck?” or “I have a diesel. Is it true that I can get a remote starter?” The answer to these questions is: Absolutely! Just because your vehicle is a diesel does not mean that you cannot benefit from everything that a remote car starter has to offer. Of course there are some special considerations to make when installing a remote starter on a diesel equipped vehicle, but it can be done safely and correctly by a skilled installer.
How It Works
On most modern remote car starters the option exists to tie into the glow plug light. When the light goes out, the remote car starter senses it and starts the vehicle. In some systems, we put a small delay on the remote starter to allow time for the glow plugs to fully heat up. Depending upon the vehicle this may be as short as 5 seconds to as long as 30 seconds. It’s really that straight forward
Remote Starters Help A Diesel Engine Last Longer
From personal experience, we have found that this is a GREAT idea on a diesel engine, especially the larger ones in pickup trucks. Diesel engines take longer to heat up so by remote starting the vehicle you are not only getting the vehicle warm for you when you go out to it, but just as importantly you are getting heat inside the engine. Diesel engines last longer and run more efficiently when they are warmed up on a regular basis. Many of our diesel customers will use them every day of they year just to put a little heat on the oil which extends the life of the engine.
Turbo Timer Option Extends Life of Turbocharger
A second benefit that we offer is a turbo timer function. Let’s say you were driving the vehicle and pull into a parking spot and need to shut off the vehicle right away. The disadvantage of doing that is you are not giving the turbocharger time to cool off and this can reduce its lifespan. We can install a turbo timer function that, quite simply, allows you to get out of your vehicle, lock the doors, and have the remote start keep the engine running for 2-4 minutes to allow the turbocharger to cool down, effectively lengthening its lifespan.
When installed properly, a remote car starter in a diesel equipped vehicle will not only provide comfort and convenience, but it will extend the life of the engine. WSS Westminster Speed and Sound has been installing remote starters on diesels for a very long time. Feel free to call or Contact Us for more information on this wonderful addition to your vehicle. Once you have one you will ask yourself how you ever lived without it!