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Clifford OmniStart User Manual

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Al ways ex er cise good judg ment and com mon sense when us ing the re mote
• NEVER re motely start the engine if parked in an en closed area lacking
suf fi cient ven ti la tion.
• NEVER al low chil dren ac cess to the re mote con trols.
• NEVER en gage the Short Stop or Auto Start feature if parked in an en closed
area lacking suf fi cient ven ti la tion.
• NEVER re motely start or use Short Stop with a per son or pet in the vehicle.
• NEVER start with someone be hind or in front of the ve hi cle.

Stan dard Fea tures

The fol low ing are stan dard fea tures of this sys tem. Some ve hi cles may re quire op tional parts/wir ing and a few are

 incompatible with some fea tures.

Main te nance

Your Clifford system requires no maintenance except for periodic replacement of the remote

control batteries. This product, like any electrical device in your vehicle, requires your car

battery be in proper working order and fully charged. To ensure proper operation, periodically 

have your vehicle battery “load-checked” at any local garage/mechanic. Also make sure the

battery cables and connections are tight and free from corrosion.



Lifetime limited warranty for as long as you own the vehicle 

(see terms & conditions)


Two waterproof 4-button companion remote controls


   ACG 2™ anti-codegrabbing protection


   Low remote control battery warning


Remote engine starting with auto safety pre-start checks


Auto engine shutdown upon theft attempt


Cold weather extended cranking (CliffNet Wizard adjustable)


AutoShutDown after 30 minutes if unattended (CliffNet Wizard adjustable 5 – 60 minutes)


Prevents accidental starter motor “grinding”


ShortStop: arm and lock with engine running for brief errands


Manual and automatic transmission compatibility


Gasoline & diesel compatibility (some vehicles require optional module)


LowBattery/LowTemp AutoStart recharging/warmup  (CliffNet Wizard adjustable)


G4 DataPort for CliffNet Wizard Windows diagnostics and feature control


Starter immobilization for basic security


Power door lock control (some vehicles require optional relays)


Selectable ignition or RPM controlled AutoLock/Unlock


Selectable passive AutoLock if you forget to lock the doors with the remote control


Dedicated remote control button for optional trunk release


Multi-vehicle command from same remote 


Car horn output (requires optional relay) for audible remote lock/unlock confirmation


Accepts optional siren and sensors for security enhancement


Built-in parking light flasher


Courtesy light(s) turn on upon remote unlocking


Remote control code learning with clear all if a remote if ever lost or stolen


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ongratulations on the purchase of your Clifford Electronics mobile convenience  system.

Clifford Electronics has long been recognized as the leading manufacturer of high-

technology vehicle security and convenience systems. Our commitment to technological

innovation, quality and reliability is clearly evident in your Clifford  system. Yet despite its

sophistication, your system is easy to use, never more difficult than a press of a button.

Your re mote con trols

The 4-button remote controls are sophisticated miniature radio transmitters each powered by

a tiny lithium battery. A weak remote control battery will reduce range. Electrical/radio

frequency  interference, obstructions, weather conditions and even sunspots can interrupt the

signal from your remote to the system.

   Re motely con trol ling your Clif ford system  


Press  button 

. Upon locking: two horn beeps (or chirps with the

optional siren) and two parking light flashes. Upon remote locking,

the system’s built-in starter immobilization circuit engages to help

guard against theft.


Press button 

. Upon unlocking: one horn beep (chirp with

optional siren), one parking light flash,  the interior lights turn on and 

the starter immobilization circuit disengages.


 If you have this option, press 

 to activate the trunk release.


Press button 

 to remotely start the engine (or shut it down if idling

under the system’s control). See 

Remote Engine Starting DOs and


 for important information on this topic.


If you have the SmartWindows 4 option,  press buttons 


 right after remotely unlocking to fully open the windows

controlled by SmartWindows 4. On hot days, press this button

combination right after remotely locking to vent the windows slightly. 

Press again within 10 seconds of remotely locking to vent them an

additional increment (venting gap is CliffNet Wizard adjustable).


Func tion

Remote Button(s)

Lock or un lock the doors (with beep/chirp confirmation)

Optional wired ac ces sory (usu ally optional trunk re lease)*

Remotely start the engine


Unassigned or SmartWin dows 4 ac ces sory full open or vent*


LowTemp/Battery AutoStart or manual transmission SafeStart 



* These but tons/chan nels can be as signed to con trol Clif ford sys tems and ac ces so ries on your other ve hi cles.



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  ACG 2 (Anti- CodeGrabbing 2™)  

ACG 2 protects you and your automobile from code-grabbing devices. Code-grabbers literally

record, from hundreds of feet away, the code sent by your car alarm remote control

(code-grabbers are very similar to, but simpler than, cellphone “cloning” devices). The thief

then plays back the code when you’re gone, instantly disarming the alarm and unlocking the

doors. It’s like leaving your keys and remote in the door. Many non-Clifford alarms can be

defeated that easily, and some of the latest “smart” code-grabbers can even decipher the code

hopping/jumping sequence used by other car alarm manufacturers. In contrast, your

OmniStart uses complex digital signal processing and unbreachable code encryption to

randomly change the digital code every time you use the remote control. Your remotes will


 transmit the same code twice, and the control unit will 


 accept the same code

twice. Thus the code played back by the code-grabber — even the latest generation smart

code-grabbers — will never be accepted by your OmniStart system.

  Auto matic re mote con trol low- battery warn ing  

If your remote control battery is low, you’ll hear a rapid 5-beep sequence when you disarm instead

of the usual one beep.  Replacement batteries are available from any Authorized Clifford Dealer.

NOTE: If the remote battery is dead, or if you lose the remotes, turn
your ignition key on and off 5 times. The parking lights will stop

blinking and you may then drive the vehicle.

  Re mote con trol bat tery re place ment  

Replacement of a remote control battery is fairly easy, but any Authorized Clifford Dealer will 

be happy to do it for you without cost provided that you buy the replacement battery at their

shop (it’s also a good idea to keep a spare of each battery in your glove box just in case).
1. Insert a small, thin screwdriver blade in the slot near the keyring opening (you may leave

the keyring in place) and turn it to separate the two halves.

2. Remove the old battery noting the + and – indications and replace it with the new one.

3. Put the enclosure back together by first aligning the top of the remote, then snapping the

case back together at the bottom.

  Eras ing a lost or sto len re mote con trol  

If one of your remotes is ever lost or stolen, you or your installing Authorized Clifford Dealer can

use the CliffNet Wizard software to remove it from the system memory. This ensures that the

missing remote can never again be used to control your system. 

  Add ing new re mote con trols  

For other drivers, or to control Clifford G4 systems on your other cars with the same remote,

you can buy additional remote controls from any Clifford Dealer (or direct from the Customer 

Service Department of your nearest Clifford Headquarters listed on the front cover) and add

them yourself. Your system will respond to as many as four remote controls.

NOTE: Clifford G4 systems will re spond only to G4-type ACG 2

re mote con trols. Older Clif ford ACG and non- ACG re mote con trols
are not com pati ble with G4 systems.

To add a new remote control, insert your car key and turn the ignition switch on/off 5 times

(there will be a 3-beep/3-parking-light-flash confirmation) then immediately press button 

 of the new remote control. You will hear a beep when you do so. Press the 


again, you will hear 2 beeps to confirm that the new remote has been added. Or use the

CliffNet Wizard software to individually assign buttons.



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Starter Im mo bi li za tion

When you remotely lock the doors, your system immobilizes the starter to prevent a thief

from starting the engine. The engine will remain immobilized even if a thief were to cut power 

to the system or find and remove the system control unit. 

NOTE: If the remote battery is dead, or if you lose the remotes, turn

your ignition key on and off 5 times. The parking lights will stop
blinking and you may then drive the vehicle.

Please note that starter immobilization does not engage if you lock

the doors with the factory switch or via the car key. Starter
immobilization will only occur when you use the OmniStart remote

control to lock the doors and when the system AutoArms itself (see
AutoArming section below).

User- Selectable AutoArming and AutoArm & Lock

For security, you or your installing Authorized Clifford Dealer can set the system to

automatically engage the starter immobilization if you forget to remotely lock the doors (this

feature is factory set to off). If this AutoArming feature is turned on (via the CliffNet Wizard

software) and you forget to remotely lock after exiting the vehicle, the system automatically

engages the starter immobilization 30 seconds after the doors are closed. For your

convenience, if you re-open any door(s) within the 30-second countdown, the countdown

restarts from the beginning after all doors are closed. Your Clifford system has these additional 



Visual acknowledgment:

Five seconds after you exit, close all the doors and the

interior light has turned off, the indicator lights flash twice to confirm the countdown

is progressing. Then, 25 seconds later, the system will automatically immobilize the



AutoArm & Lock:

To ensure you can’t accidentally lock your keys inside the car, the

system is factory-set not to lock the doors even if you have the AutoArming feature

turned on. This can be changed via the CliffNet Wizard software (both the

AutoArming feature and the AutoArm & Lock feature must be turned on).


Instant AutoArming Bypass:

Prevents AutoArming when fueling the vehicle and

at other times when you wish to temporarily bypass AutoArming. To activate Instant

AutoArming Bypass, rapidly turn the ignition switch to “ON” then “OFF.” You will

hear a beep to confirm that the system will not AutoArm. The system automatically

reverts to normal operation when you next start the engine.

User- Selectable AutoLock and Aut oUn Lock™

NOTE: Some vehicles are incompatible with the AutoLock and
AutoUnLock features.

For your safety and that of your passengers, the doors automatically lock the when the engine

RPMs reach about twice the idle speed. (Or, if you prefer, you or your installing dealer, via

CliffNet Wizard, can set the doors to lock the instant you turn on the ignition). When you

turn the ignition off, AutoUnLock automatically unlocks the doors. If you wish, these features 

can turned off altogether via the CliffNet Wizard.



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Op tional Se cu rity Enhancements

Your system has built-in security elements to offer protection against theft. One of these

elements is the built-in starter immobilizer circuit that inhibits starting of the vehicle if it was

locked with the Clifford remote. A second security element ensures that, if the vehicle is

idling under the control of your system, if someone were to open the hood or enter the

vehicle and attempt to drive it without the key, the system would shut down the engine.

However, you can add additional elements to further protect your vehicle, such as:

Sen sors

Your system will accept any or all of these optional sensors that detect tampering and theft

attempts. Triggering of a sensor while “armed” (i.e., after the doors have been locked with the 

remote or have been locked by the AutoArm & Lock feature) will immediately sound the car

horn or optional siren for 30 seconds. 


Piezo Sensor:

Detects theft-related impacts and vibrations and will sound the car

horn or optional siren for 30 seconds. 


Glass Tampering Sensor:

Today’s thieves shatter vehicle windows with a small

metal punch device that does not create any vibrations for an impact sensor to detect.

The Glass Tampering Sensor detects the sound of glass breaking, and glass tampering

attempts, and will trigger the 30-second horn/siren response. 


Digital Dual-Zone Proximity Sensor 4:

Detects movement inside the passenger

compartment and very near the vehicle. If a thief were to lean into the passenger

compartment, the primary zone of this sensor would trigger the 30-second horn/siren

response. However, if a thief was lingering very close to your windows, a one-second

honk of the horn will sound to let him know to back off. Since it can “see” through

glass and canvas, this sensor  is particularly well suited for use in convertibles and other 

open or soft-sided vehicles (targa, T-top and Jeep-like vehicles).


Digital Tilt/Motion Sensor:

Detects less than one degree of lifting or any minute

motion of the vehicle while completely ignoring all other conditions that falsely set off all

other sensors. Even if you park on a hill, the Digital Tilt/Motion Sensor will accurately

respond to the first hint of tampering to reliably protect your wheels and entire vehicle.

To prevent “falsing,” any optional sensors are bypassed when the engine is remotely started.

Op tional Si ren

For a much greater attention-getting sound, you may want to considering having your Clifford 

dealer install the optional alarm siren. This also replaces the horn beep confirmations with

siren “chirps,” which make your system sound like a genuine alarm to passersby.

Op tional Cliff Net Wiz ard™ & Da ta Port In ter face Con nec tor

If you opted to have the Clifford DataPort Replicator cable installed with your system, you

can use our CliffNet Wizard software to access your system through your Windows PC.

CliffNet Wizard will show you, right on your PC screen, a variety of user-programmable

feature settings. You can change settings simply by mouse-clicking the graphical button for

each feature. You can customize features, add or delete remote controls, change remote

control button assignments, turn on the AutoStart feature, set LowTemp and LowBattery

activation thresholds, and much more. It’s actually fun! To learn more and download this free 

software, go to 





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  Im por tant Re mote Start ing DOs and DON’Ts  


Park in an open, well-ventilated area.

Always engage the handbrake.

Make sure you put the transmission in PARK (automatic) or NEUTRAL
(manual) before shutting down the engine.

Set your vehicle’s air conditioner, heater and other accessories to the
desired levels.

Turn on your vehicle’s ventilation “recirculate” feature to warm/cool the
interior more efficiently.

If your vehicle has a manual transmission, you must use the manual
transmission SafeStart procedure.

Before engaging AutoStart, make sure the fuel tank is full.


 NEVER re motely start your vehicle’s engine if parked in an enclosed area
that lacks suf fi cient ven ti la tion.

 NEVER al low chil dren ac cess to the re mote con trols.

 NEVER en gage the Short Stop or Auto Start feature if parked in an
en closed area that lacks suf fi cient ven ti la tion.

 NEVER re motely start or use Short Stop with a per son or pet in the

 NEVER start with someone be hind or in front of the ve hi cle.

  Die sel com pati bil ity  

The system will activate the engine’s glowplugs for the necessary duration (programmable by

your installing Authorized Clifford Dealer via the installer-only version of CliffNet Wizard

PRO) before attempting to start the engine.

  How to re motely start/shut down the en gine  

Press button 

 on the remote:

Two parking light flashes confirm startup initiation.

The engine and preset accessories (air conditioner, heater, etc.) will start and run.

While idling, the parking lights stay on for ongoing confirmation visual confirmation.

When idling under the control of your OmniStart, you may shut down the engine by again
pressing button 


  To drive the ve hi cle af ter re mote starting  

1. Unlock the doors with the remote, en ter, but don’t touch the brake or transmission.

2. In sert your key and turn the ig ni tion switch all the way on.

3. Press the brake. Your ve hi cle will now op er ate nor mally.



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  Short Stop  

When you stop for a brief errand, rather than shut down and then restart the engine moments

later, you may remove your car keys, exit and remotely lock 


 shutting down the engine:

1. Park, place the trans mis sion in park or neu tral and engage the hand brake.

2. Without touching the brake, press button 

. Two parking light flashes will confirm this


3. Turn the ignition off and remove your keys. The engine will continue to idle.

4. Exit and lock with the remote control. The engine will continue to idle under the control

of your system for up to 30 minutes (CliffNet Wizard adjustable from 5 - 60 minutes).

5. When you return, use the 

To drive the vehicle after remote starting 

procedure noted above.

  Low Temp/Low Bat tery Auto Start  

Your system can be set to automatically start the engine if:

The temperature drops below a certain level and/or

The vehicle battery voltage drops below a certain level

AutoStart requires CliffNet Wizard programming by yourself or your installing dealer. If the

LowTemp AutoStart feature has been programmed on via the CliffNet Wizard, when you
press the 


 button anytime after locking the doors with the 

 button, the system will

automatically start and idle the engine when the interior temperature drops to -15°C or lower. 

If the LowBattery AutoStart feature has been programmed on and remotely activated by

pressing the 


 button, the system will automatically start and idle the engine if the voltage

drops below 12.2 volts to recharge the battery. With the optional Clif fNet Wiz ard, you may

set the temperature and/or voltage thresholds you prefer.

  Man ual trans mis sion Saf eS tart  

PLEASE NOTE: This section is only for vehicles with a manual

transmission. If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, skip
this section.

For safety reasons, the transmission must be left in neutral if the engine will be remotely

started. To assure safe remote starting, you must perform these steps 



1. Park and, while the engine is running, place the trans mis sion in neu tral and set the

hand brake.

2. Without touch ing the brake, press button 


. Two parking light flashes will con firm this

ac tion.

3. Turn the ig ni tion off and re move your keys. The en gine will 

con tinue

 to idle.

4. Exit and lock the doors with the remote control. The en gine will shut down. This prepares 

the system to later accept your remote starting command.

NOTE: For safety reasons, the system ignores the remote start

command if the hood, trunk or doors were opened, if unlocked with
the remote control, or if an optional sensor was triggered while you

were away.



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Life time lim ited fac tory war ranty terms & con di tions

Clif ford ve hi cle se cu rity and remote engine starter sys tems and ac ces so ries re quire pro fes sional

in stal la tion by an Authorized Clif ford Dealer. Un less the sys tem is sold and in stalled by an

Authorized Clif ford Dealer, all prod uct war ran ties and guar an tees are void. As the manu fac turer, 

Clif ford Elec tron ics war rants to the origi nal con sumer pur chaser, the sys tem con trol unit  and

re mote con trols to be free from de fects in ma te rial and work man ship for as long as you own the

ve hi cle in which the sys tem was origi nally in stalled. All other parts of the sys tem and ac ces so ries

to the sys tem are war ranted to be free from de fects in ma te rial and work man ship for one (1)  year

from the date of pur chase. Clif ford Elec tron ics will re pair or re place, at its op tion and free of

charge dur ing the war ranty pe riod, any sys tem com po nent that proves de fec tive in ma te rial or

work man ship un der nor mal in stal la tion, use, and serv ice, pro vided the prod uct is re turned to our

fac tory by an Authorized Clifford Dealer, trans por ta tion charges pre paid. Prod ucts re turned to our 

fac tory must be ac com pa nied by a pho to copy of the pur chase re ceipt. In the ab sence of such

pur chase re ceipt, the war ranty pe riod shall be one (1) year from the date of manu fac ture. Any

dam age to the prod uct(s) as a re sult of mis use, abuse, ne glect, ac ci dent, in cor rect wir ing,

im proper in stal la tion, de struc tion or al tera tion of the se rial number, re pair or al tera tion out side

our fac tory, or any use vio la tive of in struc tions fur nished by us will void the war ranty. This

war ranty is lim ited to de fec tive parts and spe cifi cally ex cludes any in ci den tal or con se quen tial

dam ages con nected there with. This warranty is not transferable. Clif ford Elec tron ics makes no

war ranty against theft. This war ranty is not to be con strued as an in sur ance pol icy against loss.

War ranty on in stal la tion la bor, re moval and re in stal la tion charges are not the re spon si bil ity of

Clif ford Elec tron ics, Inc.



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