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Remote start won't start? Just honks or blinks lights at you?

If you have a remote start installed on your vehicle and it will not start, instead it would rather honk at you or flash the lights at you, don't get mad at it. Instead be patient, count how many times it honks or flashes at you because these actually mean something . It is communicating with you, trying to tell you its problems. In every user manual for every remote start I have ever installed (well over 1000) there is a section that tells you what is going on when this is happening. It will tell you for example on a Ford Bronze remote start that 6 honks means it is in valet mode.Look in the manual and it will tell you how to put it in valet mode and also how to take it out of valet mode.

Trust me, I have seen way too many people make an unnecessary trip to our dealership all because they never even pulled out the user manual that I put in their glove box after installing their remote start.

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Security light stays on (constant) while truck is in use, no obvious problems though. What is going on


when you lock your vehicle with the remote it engages the alarm and the red light will flash fast for about 15 seconds. Then it will start flashing very slowly to show the system is armed. To disarm it you need to open the door with the remote or put the fob in the ignition. If you use the key to open the door and alarm is on it will go off. Only way I know of to make it quit honking and flashing lights is to hit unlock button or insert for into ignition.
I would sit in the vehicle and arm the lock with the remote and watch to light for about 1 minute to see if it does flash fast first then slowly. If it does it is working fine. If it doesn't then take it in and have dealer look at it.

Dec 07, 2015 | 2010 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500

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Car began honking and lights flash while driving. Now it will not start. when the remote is pressed, it continues to honk and lights flash.


Electrical problems are tricky.

First, disconnect the battery terminals, reconnect and see if this solves the problem. If it doesn't, then check all of your fuses.


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Sep 29, 2014 | 2006 Toyota Camry Solara

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remote locks and unlock car but it does not start it with remote


Troubleshooting Tips For Your Car Starter
  • If your car is simply not responding when you activate your remote car starter, it is usually due to one of two problems. Either your remote is not working, or your receiver is not functioning properly. Most remotes will have an LED light to indicate that the remote is working. If the LED light is flashing when the remote is engaged, the remote is functional. Check the receiver by ensuring the receiver wire is connected properly.
  • If your car is indicating a response to the remote car starter (i.e. the lights flash or the horn honks briefly) but not starting, you probably have an issue with your hood pin switch or your taillights, or parking lights may be defective. Another possibility is that you have blown fuses in your main power source. If you cannot determine that these are the causes of the malfunction, take your car back to the company or service that performed the installation.
  • If your vehicle is responding to the remote car starter and the engine turns over but will not start, it may be caused by a factory-installed immobilizer system, or OEM. Factory-installed OEMs are activated by a computer chip in your ignition key. In order to test for a problem with you car's OEM, place the key in the ignition and employ the remote car starter. If the car starts, you definitely have a problem with the vehicle's OEM, and you may need to purchase a "transponder" to bypass the OEM.
  • If you lose your remote for your car starter, do not worry. Most remote car starters are equipped with multiple security features to ensure the safety of your vehicle while it is idling. The car simply will not run without the key. And, once you replace the remote and program it into the system, your old remote will no longer function.
Credit goes to:
http://www.carstarters.com/troubleshooting.cfm


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Feb 25, 2011 | 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe

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my mother inlaw has a 2007 f150 with remote start problems everything comes on but the truck does not start.


Is the security light blinking fast when you hit the start button? It has a vehicke with a pad lock behind it. If so then the PATS bypass is probably no good and needs to be replaced. You can cycle the keys to check if that is the problem. First you will need both keys. Insert the first one and turn it to the on position, when the security light goes off install the second key and do the same thing within 5 seconds. When the security light goes off the second time remove the key and hit the start button on the remote fob. The vehicle should start. If it does, shut it down and try again. If this time it doesn't start and the security light is flashing quickly again it is the PATS (Passive Anti Theft System) bypass. You can get a new one installed at any Ford Dealer. If by chance that isn't the problem and it is honking at you count the honks and check inside your user manual, it will explain what these mean. If you have any more questions about this please post them I can help.

Dec 05, 2010 | 2007 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson

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