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The remote start works (starts the vehicle) only when the fob is very near (inside) the controller.

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  • Alan H Nov 10, 2010

    Are you using the factory remote fob or do you have an aftermarket system installed? What year, make and model is your vehicle?

  • randy_hovatt Nov 10, 2010

    I am using the factory fob with new batteries. The unit is in a 2004 Kia Sorenta and has been working flawlessly until now.



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First check the battery voltage. A good new battery will be about 3 volts. If it is significantly less, get a new battery and retry. Examine the battery contacts since you have the remote apart to ensure that they are clean and shiny. If they are dull, use a pencil eraser to clean the contacts. If you are still getting poor range you can try to reprogram the remotes to the OEM keyless entry system. The procedure follows.

Transmitter Code Programming

Note: The receiver (ETACS module) can save maximum two codes from the transmitter.

1. Apply the battery voltage to the terminal "6" of DLC (Data Link Connector),{see attached image}. The DLC is located on the left side rear of the engine compartment. The wire color for terminal #6 is red/black.

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2. Turn the ignition switch to "ON" position.

3. While coding one transmitter.
Press the lock button of transmitter for 3 seconds over until the turn signal lamp turns off.

4. While coding two transmitters.
Press the lock button of one for 1 second while the turn signal lamp turns on, and then press the lock button of the other for 1 second over until the turn signal lamp turns off.

5. Remove the battery voltage, and then the transmitter code is re-saved on the receiver.

6. Check the operation of the keyless entry system.

If you still experience poor range, you may need the system serviced or the remote replaced.

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