Report from our customer on the installation of the Altox Wbus-4 GSM module to control Webasto module in Volkswagen Touran 2012
I am used to driving a gas car with an alarm system with remote start. It is very convenient in winter. You wake up, start the car, have a cup of tea, get into a warm car and drive to office in a good mood. Well, you really can get used to good stuff easily. But I sold my Toyota and purchased a 2012 Touran TDI with a default auxiliary heater.It is no secret that diesel cars' engines take time to heat up, and in winter is might refuse to start up at all, that's why you can often find default auxiliary heaters in such cars. But you can't control such auxiliary heaters remotely, and it can only be started automatically along with the engine and only if the temperature is below +5C. This is a problem and I dived into finding a solution.
It can be installed with just one wire into the auxiliary heater's outlet and controls the module via a GSM SIM card.
At first, I did not believe this was even possible because most solutions described complicated procedures and required a lot of investments. But then I found reports and forum threads of Touareg and similar cars' owners proving that the system works.It turned out that the Altox module can switch the heater on and off via a text message (SMS), voice menu or a web server. Even the official Webasto app does not provide all of this. Additionally, it provides diagnostics features for scanning errors and unblocking the heater via a phone! Perfect!The manufacturer helped me find a dealer in Moscow and they recommended local specialists for me. We discussed everything, made an appointment, and – here I come!
Volkswagen Touran 2012 2.0 TDI + Webasto Thermo Top VEVO heater
To get the access to the heater in Touran we should remove the front bumper. To do this, we unscrew a few screws.
We pull the wire into the car's interior. We connect the Altox module via a 5A fuse, and install it on the fuse panel using adhesive fastener.
We put everything in place in the car's interior and adjust the bumper.Then there are a few simple phone tasks. You should set it up and register the user's phone with the Altox module to enable controlling via a voice menu. Everything is described in a clear and understandable manner in the manual. There is only one page.
ResultWe could upgrade an auxiliary Webasto heater into an autonomous Webasto pre-heater with the remote control via a phone using a GSM channel. Everything was easy, fast and relatively budget-friendly.Now I am happy and satisfied, and I can:- call Altox module's SIM card and choose to start/stop the pre-heater, request the balance of the status;- control the module completely using text messages (SMS instructions);- use a browser to control the pre-heater, including setting up heating schedule for a week!What else do you need to be completely happy?