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: Remote Start- Sometimes won't work???



Spong
12-23-2010, 05:45 PM
This morning the remote start on the van didn't want to work. This is like the 2nd or 3rd time it has done this. We're out of town and the van sat in the snow overnight so it's when I really could have used it!! I normally don't use it at home since I park in the garage.

When I press the start button twice, it just honks once and does nothing. Normally it honks twice and starts. Any ideas? Does it throw a code when this happens that the dealer could read? I just tried it a few minutes ago and it started right up like normal.

jgbat
12-23-2010, 05:51 PM
It can throw a code for that, and that code may not set the CEL. If the PCM detects low battery voltage, the remote start will not work either. Run it by a dealer and let them look at it. It may even have a software update for the issue.

Do me one favor, next time the remote start does not function properly, try the other key. If that key works, tell that to the dealer.

2010SXT4.0L
12-23-2010, 06:00 PM
How much fuel? if it is under a quarter or so it won't fire up.

naben
12-23-2010, 07:06 PM
Also will only allow two remote consecutive starts with the fob.

Spong
12-23-2010, 11:26 PM
It can throw a code for that, and that code may not set the CEL. If the PCM detects low battery voltage, the remote start will not work either. Run it by a dealer and let them look at it. It may even have a software update for the issue.

Do me one favor, next time the remote start does not function properly, try the other key. If that key works, tell that to the dealer.

Good info. If it does it again, I will try the other key. Thanks!


How much fuel? if it is under a quarter or so it won't fire up.

About half tank so that should be good.



Also will only allow two remote consecutive starts with the fob.

This was the first try.

2010SXT4.0L
12-26-2010, 11:07 AM
Looks like there could be problems.... half a tank was plenty I think I have started below 1/4 if gas light is on it is a no go

Spong
12-26-2010, 02:22 PM
Has been working fine the past couple days but this morning it didn't want to work again. I asked the wife to try her key fob but she didn't have it. :rolleyes: Gee, why would you bring a spare key when we're 9 hours from home?

jgbat
12-26-2010, 02:35 PM
Has been working fine the past couple days but this morning it didn't want to work again. I asked the wife to try her key fob but she didn't have it. :rolleyes: Gee, why would you bring a spare key when we're 9 hours from home?

I know it may seem silly that I want you to try the other fob. But knowing if the 2nd fob performs properly when the 1st fob don't will be a VERY valuable piece of information for your dealer when you take it in for service.

Spong
12-26-2010, 03:04 PM
I know it may seem silly that I want you to try the other fob. But knowing if the 2nd fob performs properly when the 1st fob don't will be a VERY valuable piece of information for your dealer when you take it in for service.



No, doesn't seem silly at all.

Timbosrt4
12-27-2010, 12:03 PM
I believe the remote start will not work if the vehicle is unlocked. I know I have accidently unlocked the van, then tried the remote start and it only beeps once and does not activate. When I pressed the lock button and then tried the remote start...voila...it works. Just a thought......

Spong
12-27-2010, 12:11 PM
I believe the remote start will not work if the vehicle is unlocked. I know I have accidently unlocked the van, then tried the remote start and it only beeps once and does not activate. When I pressed the lock button and then tried the remote start...voila...it works. Just a thought......

Yep, I tried that. On my GM vehicles you have to press the lock button before holding the RS button. The times it didn't work, it had been sitting overnight locked.

I did try unlocking, then locking then the RS button and it does the same thing.

MiniVanDan
01-02-2011, 03:20 PM
Make sure you don't have a phone charger plugged into the lighter in the car. I read that this can effect the remote performance somehow. I had the same problem, and now make sure the charger is always unplugged and haven't had any issues.

Spong
01-02-2011, 08:14 PM
Make sure you don't have a phone charger plugged into the lighter in the car. I read that this can effect the remote performance somehow. I had the same problem, and now make sure the charger is always unplugged and haven't had any issues.

Interesting. I did have my Garmin along but I unplug it when not being used. I will make a mental note. Thanks.

drjonez
04-01-2011, 12:53 PM
Digging up an old thread, but any resolution or more insight?

My 2008 Touring does this intermittently, with no real rhyme or reason to it. I have tried varied combinations of lock/unlock and both fobs exhibit the same behavior. Voltage check is next....

IssaquahWA1979
04-01-2011, 01:32 PM
I know a couple of other things to check if you still find it doing this is (1) check the under hood switch for movement or misalignment as it will not start if it thinks the hood is open. (2) I am not 100% sure but on my truck if the parking brake is not set it will not function...

drjonez
04-01-2011, 02:37 PM
Thanks for the reply.

I have never set the parking brake, so I don't think that is considered for the T&C. I will take a look at the hood switch.

Spong
04-01-2011, 07:58 PM
I haven't had any problems since "starting" this thread. lol

drjonez
04-04-2011, 08:55 AM
I haven't had any problems since "starting" this thread. lol

Ironically enough, same here. I did fine one of the back lights had been left on, so perhaps it was a battery voltage thing....

Cabanon
04-13-2011, 08:58 PM
same thing happened to my key, but my wife's key was working well. the dealer changed it at no fees.

Spong
04-21-2011, 11:10 AM
Well. mine did it to me again this morning. Our driveway was poured last week so I've been parking the van in the street. I've been remote starting it all week because the weather has been cold. This morning, it decided to be a little b*tch and not start. I tried the other keyfob and it did the same thing. I didn't check the hood switch but I know the hood hasn't been opened all week. I did have the brake set, tank was just under full and nothing was plugged into the lighters. It started perfectly fine putting the fob in the ignition. :confused:

Spong
04-22-2011, 11:50 AM
..... and again this morning. :angrya:

jgbat
04-22-2011, 09:27 PM
..... and again this morning. :angrya:

Time to take it in...

Spong
04-22-2011, 11:20 PM
Time to take it in...

I agree. This evening I tried it and it worked perfectly. Does it set any codes when it doesn't work? It's hard to rush over to the dealership each time it acts up. Should be able to drive on the driveway starting tomorrow so it will be back in the garage.

jgbat
04-23-2011, 08:45 AM
I agree. This evening I tried it and it worked perfectly. Does it set any codes when it doesn't work? It's hard to rush over to the dealership each time it acts up. Should be able to drive on the driveway starting tomorrow so it will be back in the garage.

You know it may set a code, and it may not. Does the horn beep and everything when it does not work?

Spong
04-23-2011, 04:29 PM
You know it may set a code, and it may not. Does the horn beep and everything when it does not work?

Normally, it honks and flashes each time you push the remote start button. When it's acting up, it will only honk and flash once when you push the start button two times.

comrade
05-04-2011, 12:19 PM
I don't believe you have to have the van locked for the remote starter to work. My 2010 T&C Walter P. Chrysler edition will remote start when unlocked. When I press the start button on the remote, I can hear the doors lock, the fuel pump start and then the van starts.

I have had it for about a year now, and it has occasionally taken more than one try to get it to remote start. It also seems to getting a little more fussy about how quickly the start button is pressed twice to get it to start. It doesn't seem to like a very short period between button pushes.