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Remote starter stopped working

The remote starter (I chose 'security system' below as the best match) worked fine all last winter, now that it is getting cold again it is not working right. For a week or so it would only start the car if you were within 10 feet, now the only time it works is if I actually sit inside the car and hold the remote next to the little antenna on the windshield. I have 2 keypads, they both have the same problem.

I tried replacing the batteries in both keypads, and the problem has not got any better. I can start the car with the remote if I'm actually sitting in the vehicle. There has been no other work done on the car since before last winter when the remote starter was working fine.

I don't know the brand of the remote starter, it's an after market and my wife had it installed, she didn't get any instructions etc. Thanks in advance...

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  • bruce_diducc Dec 15, 2008

    Thanks to both of you for getting back to me.

    Unfortunately I don't know the make, and I looked up the remote on the web and it's an aftermarket unit.

    I did check the antenna wire and it seemed fine, but I tried pushing the antenna back into the houseing because it felt loose. The starter works fine now. With any luck I am all set, but if it acts up again I now know where the problem is.

    Thanks again!

  • Buck 16 Jan 10, 2009

    Code Alarm stopped working after truck sat for about a week in cold weather. Batteries are fine, and truck starts with the key with no problem.

  • jimothyinnot May 11, 2010

    Do you know the make and model of the unit? If not can you post a picture of the remote at least? Kinda shooting in the dark here......

  • mikehumble May 11, 2010

    follow your antenna wire down and see if it has any damage

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    when I push the buttons, it doesn't work right away but only keeps blinking. Then after how many tries or a little tapping on it, it works fine

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    remote car starter stopped working then pulled out fuses and they were fine. then remote started car but shut off immediately


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Will you rate my answer from my clarification as a solution about the antenna thanks Mike humble.

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