Many modern vehicles today include or are compatible with a remote car starter. This nifty gadget allows you to start up your car and warm or cool the cabin with a key fob before stepping inside the car. And who wouldn't want to get inside a vehicle that's already warm or cool enough? Plus, this gadget adds resale value to your vehicle, increasing your chances of getting a better deal when trading it in at a dealership. However, just like any electronic gadget, it has its share of bugs. Take a look at some of the common remote starter problems and how to deal with them:
The vehicle won't respond to any of the buttons pressed.
This problem can be caused by a couple of issues:
Possible issue #1: The remote control loses its programming features.
Although this is rare, it's possible that the remote control has lost its programming features. Once programming memory is lost, your vehicle won't respond to the remote whatever button you press.
Solution: To solve this, simply call the technician or shop that installed the starter for your car. They can re-program the remote control or provide you with instructions on how to do it yourself.
Possible issue #2: The remote control is accidentally set into second car mode.
In some cases, a remote starter is designed to work on more than one vehicle. If this is the case, you might have pushed a combination of buttons and put the control in second car mode. When the control is in this mode, it won't operate the first vehicle; this is why the car becomes unresponsive whatever button you push.
Solution: Check the instruction manual on how to revert the control back to first vehicle mode. You can also call a technician or installer to help you out.
Parking lights flash when you hit start, but the car won't actually start.
Possible issue: The hood pin switch is busted.
The most common culprit behind this is a worn-out or corroded hood pin switch. Replace this switch as soon as possible because without one, it's easy to start the car even if the hood is open. This poses a danger to anyone who's working on your car while the hood is propped up. As a safety precaution, the hood pin switch informs the control fob that the hood is open, preventing the engine from starting up.
Solution: Get a replacement switch as soon as possible.
The start button doesn't seem to work, but the lock and unlock buttons function properly.
Possible issue: Starter is in valet mode.
A very common problem, a combination of buttons can be accidentally pressed, putting this gadget in valet mode. When the remote control is in this mode, it prevents your car from remotely starting while still allowing other fob features to function. Since the fob is usually placed inside the pocket, it's highly possible to accidentally activate the valet mode.
Solution: Check the manual for instructions on how to set the gadget in and out of the valet mode. You can also consult the installer for instructions.