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Havis IdleRight - Vehicle Fuel Management System
Discontinued - No Longer Available - Replaced By IdleRight 2
IdleRight™ - Vehicle Fuel Management System
IdleRight™ Vehicle Application Guide (PDF, 320 KB)
IdleRight™ Installation Instructions (PDF, 244 KB)
IdleRight™ Operation Instructions (PDF, 212 KB)
Focus on your job, not your vehicle. With Havis® IdleRight™, you’re always on.
Police • Emergency • Construction • Contractor
Municipalities across the country are spending millions of dollars on fuel used to idle vehicles that must keep their emergency lights flashing: police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, highway construction vehicles, public works trucks and more. The IdleRight™ Fuel Management System monitors the battery’s condition and automatically idles your vehicle only when necessary.
A typical vehicle that idles for 6 hours at an emergency or construction scene uses as much as 4 gallons of gas. That same vehicle, equipped with the Havis® IdleRight™ system uses less than one-quarter of a gallon of gas — and never jeopardizes the charge in your battery needed for start-up. Multiply that fuel cost savings by the number of vehicles in a single municipality, times the number of days in the year, and you’ll quickly recognize the value of this new technology. The cost of the unit will pay for itself — and you’ll be reducing harmful emissions and reducing wear and tear on your engine!
Some vehicles also require a vehicle specific interface kit to allow the control module to communicate with the vehicle (IR-8000 Series) see new product release for vehicle application chart
Q: What is the IdleRight™ Fuel Management System?
A: The IdleRight™ is a purpose-built fuel management system designed to allow emergency vehicles to be parked with warning lights flashing continuously while minimizing engine idle time. The system is activated whenever an IdleRight™-equipped vehicle is parked, the engine is shut off, and the warning lights are turned on. The warning lights will operate powered by the vehicle’s battery until the battery voltage falls below a preset threshold, at which time the IdleRight™ module will start the vehicle and idle the engine sufficiently to recharge the battery. Once the battery is recharged, the IdleRight™ will shut down the vehicle engine, and monitor voltage again, ready to restart the engine when needed.
Q: Why would I want to use an IdleRight™?
A: If you have a need to park vehicles for an extended period of time with warning lights flashing, then you need an IdleRight™ Fuel Management System. The IdleRight™ will save significant fuel dollars and extend the life of the vehicle’s engine by cutting idle time by up to 80%. The IdleRight™ also increases safety by not requiring a key to be in the ignition (thereby reducing theft risk) and by including automatic engine shutdown if the hood is opened or the brake pedal is pressed.
Q: How is the IdleRight™ any different from a remote starting system with vacation mode?
A: The IdleRight™ Fuel Management System is specially designed for use in emergency vehicles with warning lights. This system is activated by an emergency warning system being activated, and the trip voltage and the engine runtime are programmable. This is important, since the IdleRight™ is intended to manage vehicle power while operating a lightbar, whereas commercial systems are only intended to prevent battery discharge when in storage under no load. Commercial remote starting systems do not offer similar performance-optimizing options to the IdleRight™, making it far more likely that a vehicle will fail to start and the battery will go dead, if it is even possible to install such a unit in an unsupported application. The IdleRight™ is specifically supported for use in police-package vehicles and other specific vehicles commonly used as emergency vehicles. Commercial systems are simply not normally designed for or supported for use in common emergency vehicles, thereby making them poorly suited for emergency vehicle use.
Q: You describe police and emergency vehicles as a “supported application.” What does that mean, and why is it important?
A: Police vehicles may have additional or different wiring and different ECM programming from consumer vehicles, and for some police-package models, accurate wiring information may be difficult to obtain. While some wiring information for consumer vehicles is available from various sources on the Internet, it is important to understand that much of that information is not accurate, and information from non-trusted sources should never be relied upon for vehicle installation. Improper wiring can cause serious problems or even damage to the vehicle. Havis® has selected the most popular vehicles (both police package and consumer versions) that are used in police and emergency applications, and will provide accurate wiring information, compatible interface modules, and full technical support for installation in those vehicles. Please visit our website for the latest applications guide with supported vehicle information.
Q: Since there are supported vehicles, are there also unsupported vehicles? Can I install the IdleRight™ into any vehicle I want to?
A: The IdleRight™ is compatible with virtually any vehicle with an automatic transmission and electronic fuel injection. Installation will require wiring diagrams and possibly use of a compatible interface kit. Due to the sheer number of vehicles available, we only support a limited number of models for installation by providing wiring diagrams and interface kits available for purchase from Havis. Those are our “supported vehicles,” and you can find information regarding those on our website. For small-quantity installations in non-supported vehicles, you will need to supply your own interface kits and wiring diagrams, but our technical support hot-line will be available to assist on a best-effort basis. For large orders of non-supported vehicles, please contact Havis before ordering, as we may be able to provide interface kits, wiring diagrams, and support for your specific application, if the order quantity is large enough.
Q: What are interface kits? How do I know if I need one?
A: An interface kit acts as an “interpreter” to allow the IdleRight™ unit to “talk” to the vehicle. Nearly every vehicle and model year speaks a different “language” for starting the vehicle and protecting it with anti-theft systems. Interface kits are vehicle model and year specific, allowing them to work with each vehicle’s unique communications protocols and anti-theft systems. Not all vehicles require interface kits. You can review the vehicle applications guide on our website for information regarding supported vehicles and interface kits supplied by Havis®
Q: Can I buy my own interface kit, separate from Havis?
A: The IdleRight™ is compatible with virtually any automatic-transmission electronically fuel injected vehicle and interface kit commercially available, so you are not obligated to purchase interface kits from Havis® However, please keep in mind that not all interface kits are of equal quality, and Havis® may not be able to assist with installation if you are using an interface kit other than the models we supply.
Q: I would like to keep some interface kits in stock. Is there any reason why I shouldn’t?
A: Interface kits are programmed for each specific vehicle and model year, so they are be backward compatible, but not forward-compatible. For example, an interface kit for a 2009 Chevy Impala that was programmed on 5/12/2009 will work with all 2009 Chevy Impala vehicles manufactured up to 5/2009. It should still work with all 2009 Chevy Impala models, but compatibility with 2009 Chevy Impala vehicles manufactured after 5/2009 cannot be guaranteed. In any case, it will definitely not work with later models, such as the 2010 Chevy Impala. Therefore, Interface kits for older models can safely be stocked, but customers should use caution in stocking interface kits for the current model year.
Q: How is the IdleRight™ any different from a system that allows the key to be removed while the engine is idling?
A: Systems that allow the key to be removed with the engine idling offer zero fuel savings and zero reduction in engine wear, substantially reducing their value. The IdleRight™ Fuel Management System is specifically designed to allow the engine to run without a key, but it also runs the engine only as little as is needed to maintain a charged battery. The IdleRight™ therefore allows for substantial fuel savings and longer engine life compared to other systems.
Q: What knowledge/experience is needed to install an IdleRight™?
A: Different vehicles require different levels of knowledge and skills to install an IdleRight™ Fuel Management System. We recommend that installers have familiarity with installing car alarms and/or remote starting systems, as the installation procedure for an IdleRight™ is very similar. Installation instructions and wiring diagrams are provided both with the products and on our website, and technical support is available at 800-524-9900 x185.
Q: Are the wire connections plug and play, or do you have to cut into the OEM wiring? Will this affect the vehicle warranty?
A: Most installations will require some cutting into OEM wiring. For an experienced installer (particularly those with car alarm or remote starter experience), this is not a major project, and should not cause undue concern. In our experience, properly installed IdleRight™ units should not affect vehicle warranty coverage, and are treated by most vehicle manufacturers in the same manner as an aftermarket remote starting system or car alarm being installed. However, damage caused to a vehicle by improper installation of an IdleRight™ unit would not be covered by any warranty. Havis® provides compatible interface kits, wiring diagrams, and full technical support on supported vehicles to help ensure you will have a successful installation every time and preserve your warranty coverage. If you have specific concerns regarding warranty coverage, we recommend that you contact your vehicle manufacturer.