Many modern anti-theft systems include many additional functions for greater convenience in using the car. One of them is autorun. With it, the car engine can be started remotely, from a window or from a balcony. After pressing the button on the key fob, the car starts up and idles.
The driver gets into the already warmed up car and starts the trip with comfort. And it would seem that autostart is a wonderful function that makes the life of a car owner much more comfortable, especially in winter. Nevertheless, she still hides some unpleasant dangers.
To begin with, everything is good in moderation. If the owner turns on autostart earlier than 3-5 minutes before leaving, this is not very useful for the car. First, when idling for a long time, the oil pump is not able to create the required pressure in the system.
Secondly, during a cold start, a more enriched mixture enters the combustion chamber, which, in the absence of a load, does not burn completely and is thrown into the catalyst. With a long idle time of 20-30 minutes, the node starts to overheat from this, which does not have a very good effect on its resource.
Correct warming up means after a short “warm-up” in the parking lot (up to 5 minutes), start moving, and go for a while without sudden acceleration and increase in revs. So the motor will enter the operating mode faster, and it will not form combustion products harmful to humans and the environment (such as nitrogen oxides), which are characteristic of idling.
We must not forget that in autostart mode the car becomes more vulnerable to hijackers, especially if the function is set to work in 20-30 minutes. For some time, attackers monitor such a machine and know in advance how much time they have to commit a crime.
While the car is running, and the driver is not yet in place, an experienced hijacker will quickly open the doors and steering column, in a couple of minutes, throw off all mechanical locks, and he will have a little more time to get to the sedimentation garage until the motor is blocked.
With auto start, the driver is deprived of the opportunity to observe the car during warming up. Meanwhile, some malfunctions, such as “tired” hydraulic lifters, can be noticed in time only after a cold start. Ignoring these symptoms can soon turn into much more costly repairs.
Finally, neighbors in the yard will not always be friendly to lovers of long warm-ups – few people, especially residents of the first floors, like to inhale the smells of exhaust gases instead of morning freshness.
In addition, long-term parking with a running engine in the courtyard is prohibited by law – according to Article 12.28 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation, for this violation can face a fine from 1,300 to 1,500 rubles. And to prove the offense, a suffering neighbor will only need to take two photos of a stopped car with an interval of 5 minutes.