Remote car starter with solar panel?

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  1. clicker666

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    My wife works from home now and her car (Scion IQ) isn't getting driven as much. We bought a new battery last year from CT, but so far twice this season it's been too cold for it to start.

    I was thinking a trickle charge from one of the solar to lighter socket panels might work - but the instructions say you shouldn't start the car with it on - despite them having reverse flow protection. Does anyone know, conclusively, whether or not you can hook one of the solar chargers up and still use a remote car starter? I would imagine it would run for no more than 10 minutes as that's the length of the car starter cycle.
     
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    install a block heater and plug it in?
     
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    I was hoping to minimize the electricity used. Block heaters require a good deal of wattage. (As far as I remember, maybe they're better now).
     
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    Costco has desulfiding maintainers for 28.99. It's not going to charge a dead car battery in under a month, but it will keep it topped up.
     
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    We found out it was the alternator. The battery drained and (little did I know batteries did this) froze. So, the alternator is being replaced under her extended warranty. That warranty was (unusually) a great buy. Her entire AC was almost replaced ($1600) and this alternator with labour is close to $1300. So, the 1300 on the warranty was well worth it. (The car is also 6 years old),
     
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    $1300 alternator replacement? That's crazy
     
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    The alternator itself is $700.00 plus tax. The labour is huge because it's an IQ. You have to drop the bumper cover and take off half the rad to replace it. Much labour, not to mention all the little shop goodies. .
     
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    Gross
     
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    The warranty seems to be a better buy than the car .
     
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    Yeah, but she likes her little tiny car. It's six years old and only in the past two years has something gone wrong - ac and alternator, which isn't horrible as far as cars go. But the warranty was a good choice.
     

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