How Do I Fix My Ignition Interlock Device When It’s Too Cold?

Smart Start Ignition Interlock Device (IID) the SSI-20/30

The cold season is upon us in the U.S.  Some areas are warmer than others, but if you live in a state where the winters are extremely cold, you may be worrying about your Ignition Interlock Device in your vehicle. Do not worry! Smart Start can provide you tips about the cold weather and your Ignition Interlock.

Smart Start Ignition Interlocks are designed in a way that’s convenient to clients who live in colder states. If your device is too cold, it will start heating up and the screen will display HEATING. Usually, this will only take about three to five minutes for your device to get back to its proper temperature.

Keeping the Ignition Interlock in Cold Weather Warm

There’s one tactic you can use to keep your device warm enough when you start your vehicle again.

Most states allow you to disconnect the head unit from the curly cord to avoid your device getting too cold. Keep in mind that you can only disconnect your head unit while your vehicle is off.

You could take the head unit inside with you in your purse or bag, and leave it inside your home overnight for example. In the morning when you’re ready to drive, connect your head unit to the cord and it will initialize, then be ready for your initial test.

IMPORTANT! There are a couple states that don’t allow you to disconnect the head unit from the curly cord. If you are in this state, do NOT disconnect your device!

List of States That DON’T Allow You to Disconnect the Head Unit (As of This Blog’s Publish Date)

  • Wisconsin
  • New York

Our Ignition Interlock Devices’ warm-up times only take a few minutes, so if you are in these two states, you’ll be on the road in less than 10 minutes.

Check Your Car Battery

Another tip is to ensure your car battery is working properly for the cold weather. Your Ignition Interlock can check your battery voltage for you. Just press the # sign and the number 2 on your keypad. If it is below 12 volts, you may have some issues providing a test because of your car battery. Keep this in mind if you see your results are near or below 12 volts!

As always, if you have any questions related to your Ignition Interlock program, including weather-related situations, you can reach out to our Customer Care Center. Our support team is available 24/7/365, even during weekends and holidays, to help you.

Need a Reliable Ignition Interlock?

Smart Start’s Customer Care Center will set up an installation appointment at your nearest service center, provide any state discounts and answer any questions you may have. Call us today at (800) 831-3299 or fill out our short online form.