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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-16-2009, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Remote - Fob distance to open/close - and remote start

Was reading on another forum- the distance some get from their remotes and how they upgrade to the fancier 2 way remote GM offers.
So I went out and parked my 2010 Traverse at the end of a lot- after some walking around and trying different positions- finally got a nice number
404 ft- by placing the remote under my chin...
To record the distance-- I used my Garmin (GPS watch for runners)- and walked back to the car.
By simply using the remote held out in front of me- I was able to achieve about 295- 300 ft....
My next task is to try a bigger parking lot--- as I was limited by the fence behind me when I achieved the 404 Ft.
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Re: Remote - Fob distance to open/close - and remote start

I used my cell phone from more than 404 MILES away to have OnStar unlock my car! j/k
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Good to know, but I can not imagine ever locking or unlocking from that far away. I guess the remote start in the winter maybe. I once put a key fob under my chin, my brother in law thought I was crazy and was sure it does nothing to increase the distance.... I have always thought it does, however I have no proof of that.... until now

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the chin method comes in handy to me... when I walk away from the car and then say.... Did I lock the car?
Instead of walking back all the way, I use the chin method- and press the button twice to get the horn to chirp.... its locked now...

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What is the "chin" method?

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put the fob (remote) to your chin--- and press the buttons...
believe it or not---- this will add a little more distance to your remote...

(you can also put it to your head/forehead etc...)-- but the chin is the most 'discrete'....

for me-- it adds about 100-105 more feet.

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put the fob (remote) to your chin--- and press the buttons...
believe it or not---- this will add a little more distance to your remote...

(you can also put it to your head/forehead etc...)-- but the chin is the most 'discrete'....

for me-- it adds about 100-105 more feet.
Why?

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why what?

why use the chin method?

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Why?
Sounds crazy I know, but if you put the fob under your chin you can lock or unlock your car from a farther distance. Something you are going to use everyday? NO. but if you can not find your car in a parking lot, or you need to let someone in your car from far away it helps....

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Re: Remote - Fob distance to open/close - and remote start

well putting it to your chin- to me- adds at least 100 ft to the distance.
I know theres lots of people on the Acadia, enclave, outlook, forums who wish they could get 100 Ft from their remotes....
Im getting 300 ft... - chin- adds 100 ft... 400 ft distance...
I just read on the other forums- someone was getting 40 ft....
Heck- go to the Impala forums... some of those guys had to be next to or inside the car to use their fobs....


But- I know some people-- at least in the very cold states on the forums complain about not being able to remote start from inside the house...---
with this chin method-- it can mean starting the car from the toastiness of your house--- or walking out in 10 degree weather to start your car.

Last time I used remote start out here (in our Impala- it must have been 110 ).
I used the chin method-- and remote started the car from a distance... this got the AC cooling off the interior- which must have been 130+....


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