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How to Troubleshoot an AutoStart Remote Starter

by Rebecca Nardis

It's a cold day and it's time to leave the warmth and comfort of home to head out to your vehicle. Unfortunately, your vehicle has been sitting out in the cold garage or driveway. Thankfully, there's nothing like picking up your remote starter and warming up your vehicle before you've even exited the house. However, one day you pick up your remote starter and your vehicle doesn't start...what do you do? In fact, there are some easy troubleshooting methods to get your AutoStart remote working again in no time.

Be sure to stand within range of your vehicle.
1

Ensure that you are in close enough range when using your remote start remote. Your remote start user manual should indicate the maximum number of feet at which the remote will function.

Hold the remote starter out in front of you to ensure communcation with the receiver.
2

Ensure that you are holding the remote high enough so that it makes contact with the receiver found in the vehicle. Holding the remote down by your waist may impede range. It is best to hold the remote out in front of you.

Press the remote start button long enough to ensure activation.
3

Press the remote start button long enough to ensure that it is recognized by the receiver in the vehicle. It's best to hold down the remote start button for at least a full two seconds.

Replace the remote's battery if the indicator light doesn't illuminate.
4

While pressing the remote start button, pay attention to whether or not the red indicator light illuminates. If the light does not illuminate, replace the battery.

Ensure that the
5

Verify that the "Valet" switch on the remote start remote is in the "On" position. Having the valet switch activated commands the vehicle's parking lights to flash twice when the vehicle starts.

Tip

  • Some remote start remotes have a small screw on the back that allows you to open the remote and replace the battery. However, some remotes may need to be opened by the dealership or manufacturer.

Warning

  • If you cannot easily open your remote, do not force it open. Contact your dealership or the manufacturer for assistance.

About the Author

Rebecca Nardis began writing professionally in 2006. She is an instructor and instructional designer and has taught communication and composition at the college level. She has written on subjects ranging from conflict resolution to automotive systems. Nardis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Master of Arts in English and instructional design from Wayne State University.

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