How to Troubleshoot a Ford Remote Starter

by Deb Katula

The Ford remote starter is not merely a convenience, it is also an important security feature. Its remote transmitter operates up to 1,000 feet away from the automobile. A panic button is located on the transmitters as well: The Ford "SmartLock" feature will leave the driver's side door unlocked if you use the remote to lock the car, but leave the keys in the ignition. If the starter stops working, or works incorrectly or intermittently, you can follow a series of troubleshooting steps before taking it to a mechanic.

1

Change the batteries in your Ford remote starter. Make sure the battery compartment is clean and dry so the battery will make a solid connection with the unit.

2

Reprogram the tachometer signal if you remotely start your Ford automobile and the horn beeps four times. (See Resources for information on reprogramming the tach signal.)

3

Check the brake wire and the hood switch wire if you remotely start your unit and the horn beeps twice. If this troubleshooting is not effective, check to see if the unit is in service mode.

4

Check the key sense wire connector and the key sense wire polarity if the remote starter causes the car to start, then stop and beep twice.

5

Go over the antenna wire to make sure it is plugged in securely and not cut, torn or kinked. Problems with the antenna will often result in a faulty remote starter.

6

Reprogram the tach curb idol to a range between 700 and 1,000 if the car remotely turns on, turns off and then turns on again by itself. The car is acting as though it has stalled out. Check the tach wire connection before you reprogram the unit.

About the Author

Deb Katula has written and researched for Societe Generale, FIMAT, Nikko Securities, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Arthur Anderson. She holds an MBA in economics and finance from the University of Chicago; a Japanese language fellowship from Harvard; and a Bachelor of Arts in business/psychology/Asian studies from Augustana College.

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