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Question HomeLink "hot" when vehicle is powered off?

Question for those who use the HomeLink system to open your garage door. Do you know if the HomeLink will activate if the vehicle is powered off?

For example, if someone were to break into, or merely open the door if the car was left unlocked, would they be able to open the garage door? I'm asking from the perspective of home security concerns. I've not programmed mine for that reason. In a GM vehicle I used to own, the Homelink was always "hot" so someone could break into the car and use it to gain access to the garage/home.

Thanks in advance for your responses.
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Question for those who use the HomeLink system to open your garage door. Do you know if the HomeLink will activate if the vehicle is powered off?

For example, if someone were to break into, or merely open the door if the car was left unlocked, would they be able to open the garage door? I'm asking from the perspective of home security concerns. I've not programmed mine for that reason. In a GM vehicle I used to own, the Homelink was always "hot" so someone could break into the car and use it to gain access to the garage/home.

Thanks in advance for your responses.
Yes, it will work when the vehicle is off.

As for home security, no different than if the garage remote is clipped to the visor.
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You could rewire the homelink to only work with the ignition. Just cut the always hot and splice to the ignition hot.

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Hmmm... I thought Homelink was deactivated when you lock your vehicle with your remote. Learned something new!

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May be a dumb question, but why not park your vehicle IN the garage? Isn't that what the garage is for?

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Hmmm... I thought Homelink was deactivated when you lock your vehicle with your remote. Learned something new!
You know, I've never tried using it while it was locked. I've only used the homelink when the Pilot was simply off (while washing the car, unloading supplies, etc.). Would make sense, although I would be very impressed if it was wired to work this way.
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May be a dumb question, but why not park your vehicle IN the garage? Isn't that what the garage is for?
I know right! But sometimes I have to leave a vehicle outside if I have to park other vehicles or when cleaning or using the garage as workspace. And yes, it will work with the alarm set. I tried it while sitting in the Pilot and having my wife set the alarm. Dumb right?
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You know, I've never tried using it while it was locked. I've only used the homelink when the Pilot was simply off (while washing the car, unloading supplies, etc.). Would make sense, although I would be very impressed if it was wired to work this way.


I just tried it - it's not that smart.

Had my wife lock me in the Pilot so the proximity key wasn't with me. Homelink still worked. And, yes, the alarm was active because it went off as soon as I opened the door.


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I just tried it - it's not that smart.

Had my wife lock me in the Pilot so the proximity key wasn't with me. Homelink still worked. And, yes, the alarm was active because it went off as soon as I opened the door.


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... I told ya! SMH (shaking my head) it's like this for all my vehicles. So if you hear an alarm while your car is parked outside, I hope you're prepared if your garage opens.

It sucks that the public doesn't know this, as all burglars and thieves already do. Also make sure to erase it if you sell (any of your vehicles that have this installed) privately. "Most" dealerships will erase the homelinks upon trade in or lease return.
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It looks like myQ is a necessary addition in this situation.

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It looks like myQ is a necessary addition in this situation.
How does myQ stop the vehicle from opening the garage, if one were to break the car window and press the homelink button?

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I will check again, but I thought it was on a timer. So after ? Minutes it becomes deactivated.

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How does myQ stop the vehicle from opening the garage, if one were to break the car window and press the homelink button?
It won't but at least you will receive a notice on your phone that someone just opened your garage door. You can take actions like use your phone to close it immediately if you are not at home. This would make the burglar believe you are at home. Or you can call police. If you are at home, it gives you time to get your shotgun ready.
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This is what dogs were designed for. Mine would knock him down and lick him to death, kinda like Dino in The Flintstones.
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That's a big set of balls for someone to break into your car parked in your driveway and open your garage. They have to know you're home if the car is parked on the driveway.

Most thieves will pick a target they know is not home so stop posting pictures on Facebook telling the world you're on vacation.
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