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Hi all, is there a way to lock the doors on my 2010 Golf while it is running? -33 this morning and I would like to let it run for a bit but not leave it on the street with it running and the doors unlocked.
 

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To TDIDSG4ME, I don't know why you would want to do that. I know it's really cold up there, but I would think you would want to warm the car as soon as possible. At idle, these engines don't generate that much heat, and it would not really warm up at those low ambient temps. I think you should just get in, start it and drive off.. Go easy on it until it warms. No full throttle accelerations, keep the revs down until the temp gauge comes up. Then motor on.
 

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I don't know if Alberta or New Hampshire is colder...but probably Alberta.

turbospool is right, you do want to warm up the car as soon as possible and while the engine won't warm up like a gas engine, it still does warm up a little and will generate enough heat to warm up faster than a stone cold engine once you do start moving. If it's -33, your breath instantly freezes on the windshield and fog up. At that point you really don't have a choice other than letting it idle a little bit.

TDIDSG4ME, do you have another key?
 

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Not sure about 2010 model but on my 2006 the car autolocks after a few minutes. I got the options turned off buy the dealer as I found it a nuisance. You may be able to get it turned on in your case. The only things I'm not sure of is if the autolock workled on time or once the car started moving so you may want to check that.
 

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Hi all, is there a way to lock the doors on my 2010 Golf while it is running? -33 this morning and I would like to let it run for a bit but not leave it on the street with it running and the doors unlocked.
Start engine, use second remote to lock the door. If you want to manually lock the door with a valet key, pull the handle and lift the little lock cover to expose the manual lock.
 

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Welcome to the forum. welcometomyturbodies

As already mensioned its not a good idea to leave it running to get the interior warm before you move off.

I thought Canadian models has the auxillary heater fitted as standard?
 

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As you've probably guessed by now, the consensus is that idling your TDI after a very cold startup is a bad idea. But to expand:

Cold running, especally that cold, is a very high-stress situation for any engine. The longer it operates cold, or even while warming up (as different materials in the engine warm at different rates), the longer it's in a high-stress phase. And that stress doesn't go away when the temp gauge starts to register heat. The oil warms much more slowly, especially at idle, as it's not receiving much heat from the turbo.

If the reason for letting the car warm up at idle is comfort, try turning the heat on and direct it to the top (face) vents. My '11 Golf has electric heating elements behind the vents, so even on the coldest day, there's warm air flowing within seconds after startup. Combine that with the seat heaters, and everything's toasty within the first 4 minutes of driving. And that's at about 0 degrees F, which is warmer than -27 (33C), but still.

I learned about this feature recently on this forum, and was quite dissapointed that I went most of the winter not even knowing about it, "suffering" through the good 15 minutes it'd take for the heater core to start warming the interior.
 

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TDIDSG4ME, do you have another key?

Yes I do, but have not and do not want to remove factory keyhole covers. I was hoping there was a software method.
 

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To TDIDSG4ME, I don't know why you would want to do that. I know it's really cold up there, but I would think you would want to warm the car as soon as possible. At idle, these engines don't generate that much heat, and it would not really warm up at those low ambient temps. I think you should just get in, start it and drive off.. Go easy on it until it warms. No full throttle accelerations, keep the revs down until the temp gauge comes up. Then motor on.
I am an old school licensed mechanic and I have to warm engine for at least 5 minutes @ temperature below -20*C:D
 

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Start engine, use second remote to lock the door. If you want to manually lock the door with a valet key, pull the handle and lift the little lock cover to expose the manual lock.
This will not work. Valet key might work but I don"t want to remove factory keyhole covers.
 

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I would like to do this but for the other type of weather. I need to travel and when I do so I take my dogs. Hence, I want the air conditioning running when I am not in the car. So how do I lock it with the engine running while I am outside the car?
 

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"I learned about this feature recently on this forum, and was quite dissapointed that I went most of the winter not even knowing about it..."

Just curious, is this feature mentioned in the Owner's Manual?
 

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"I learned about this feature recently on this forum, and was quite dissapointed that I went most of the winter not even knowing about it..."

Just curious, is this feature mentioned in the Owner's Manual?
I was also wondering if the element is only activated with the heater at full blast.
 

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I have another reason for locking the doors while the engine is running.... If I want to run into a store while my dog is in the car, I want to lock the doors for a few minutes. My new car is on order and will have the keyless go feature (Start and Stop button on dash vs. mechanical key ignition switch) The dealer told me that on a 2011 you can't lock the doors from the outside with a second set of keys mechanically (or electronically) because the computer will automatically pop the lock back up. I'm having the dealer check today on a 2011 Jetta MK6 Sedan with keyless go if it can be locked mechanically from the outside. Is there a way to disable this feature? Thanks!
 
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