What Are Some Problems That Can Happen With Remote Starters?

What Are Some Problems That Can Happen With Remote Starters?

Common problems with car remote starters include the remote starter becoming stuck in valet mode, issues with a failed or broken hood pin, and loss of programming. The exact steps to troubleshooting remote starters vary by specific model.

A remote starter that is stuck in valet mode is characterized by a lack of a response when the Start button is pushed, despite the lock and unlock buttons working normally. This is usually caused by accidentally activating valet mode while the starter is in a purse or a pocket. Pressing the Lock and Trunk buttons simultaneously may exit valet mode on some remote starters.

A failed or broken hood pin may cause a lack of response when the Start button is pressed. The hood pin on the remote is part of a system to prevent the vehicle from starting while the hood is up. Replace the hood switch to fix the problem.

Lastly, the remote control losing its programming is characterized by a complete lack of response from the vehicle when any button is pressed. This is usually caused by a disconnected or dead battery. To fix the problem, reconnect or replace the battery and call the installer for instructions on how to reprogram the remote.