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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ about Car Audio

How can I retain my factory radio features with an aftermarket radio?

If you own a Ford equipped with SYNC®, a Chrysler vehicle with UConnect®, or a GM vehicle with OnStar®, you know they're some of the better factory systems around. But you also know that if your car didn’t have navigation when it rolled out of the factory, adding it later meant: A) installing an aftermarket nav receiver and losing your factory system, or

B) having a factory nav receiver installed at the dealership and spending lots of money.

Now, thanks to iDatalink, there’s a better solution.  


iDatalink Maestro

Gain navigation, smartphone controls, and hold onto your SYNC or UConnect functions.

With the iDatalink Maestro radio replacement package for 2006 and up Ford, Chrysler, GM, and VW vehicles, you can install a powerful navigation receiver and keep your familiar factory features intact. And with a compatible receiver, you can stay on top of what's happening under the hood with touchscreen access to information like tire pressure, battery voltage, check engine codes, and more in certain vehicles.


So, how does it work? Basically, the Maestro speaks your car's language, allowing a factory system like SYNC to communicate with your new receiver and vice-versa. The features you use every day — voice commands, Bluetooth® connectivity, iPod® control, steering wheel controls, your back-up camera, even satellite radio in some vehicles — will work beautifully alongside aftermarket benefits like an HD Radio™ tuner, Garmin navigation, CarPlay™, and Android Auto™.

What are Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

Apple CarPlay is the smarter and safer in-vehicle interface to operate your iPhone.  Simply talk to Siri, or touch the receiver's display and get directions from Apple Maps, make phone calls, listen to voicemail, send and receive texts, and listen to music all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. 

Android Auto extends the Android platform into the car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information, and organizes it into simple cards that appear just when they're needed.  It's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road. 

FAQ about Remote Starts

Remote Start systems are ideal for those who want the convenience of warming up or cooling down their vehicle without having to face the elements. Perfect for people in cold or hot climates, these systems make life better with convenience features like One Button Start, Engine Checking, Crank and Run Times, with convenience features like Power doors and trunk, Remote Valet® and much, much more.

Remote Start systems can also contain basic security options like Car Panic and Failsafe® Starter Kill. 

What's the difference between a 1-way and 2-way remote start?

A 1-way Remote Start sends a signal to the "Brain" of the remote start in the car to start the car/lock/unlock.

It will not let you know if it has gotten the signal or not. This is a great option for someone that will always be able to see their car when using the remote start.  


A 2-way Remote Start sends a signal to the "Brain" of the remote start in the car to start the car/lock/unlock and then sends a signal BACK TO YOU that it either started/locked/unlocked or did not.  You do not have to purchase a remote with an LCD screen to get the 2-way option.  Many remotes use LED lights that turn color notifying you whether it got the signal or not.

What features do Remote Starts come with?

Standard features of a Remote Start install include: Lock/Unlock, Start, Parking Light, and Hood Pin (which is a standard safety feature).


Additional features can be added or may be required for an additional fee, which include: Trunk Pop, Horn Honk, Heated Seat Trigger, and Rear Defrost.

Some vehicles may require the auto head lamps to be triggered to be turned off after remote start. 

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