Troubleshooting Problems with Your Remote Start System

By Product Expert | Posted in Technology on Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at 3:59 pm
Ford remote start key fob in hand

Why is Ford Remote Start Not Working?

From frost-plastered windshields to skin-searing seat buckles, extreme weather adds a long list of inconveniences to the daily commute. Having a remote start system helps you stay comfortable by conditioning your car’s temperature before you hop behind the wheel. If you’re having trouble operating the remote start system on your Ford vehicle, don’t panic. There are several easy-fix reasons why your Ford remote start system could not be working.

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Ford key fob with remote startTroubleshooting Remote Start

For the safety of you and your vehicle, remote start will not work under certain conditions. Here are some reasons your remote start system may fail:

  • The ignition is on.
  • The alarm system has been triggered.
  • Remote start has been disabled.
  • The hood is open.
  • The vehicle is not in park.
  • The vehicle battery voltage is low.
  • The service engine soon light is on.

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How to Use Remote Start

Step 1: Press the lock button

Step 2: Press the Remote Start (2X) button twice

Turning Off Your Vehicle with Remote Start

To turn off your vehicle after remote starting, simply press the Remote Start (2X) button once.

Key FOB Light Meanings

Some Ford key fobs feature LED lights that provide feedback on the status of your remote start and stop commands. Here’s what your key fob could be trying to tell you:

Solid Green Remote start successful.
Solid Red Remote stop successful.
Blinking Red Remote start or stop failed.
Blinking Green Remote start in progress.

Remote Start and Climate Control

If your vehicle is equipped with an automatic climate control system, you can configure the system to begin operating when you remote start your vehicle. If you have manual climate control, the system will run at the setting it was left at when the vehicle was turned off.

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13 Responses to “Troubleshooting Problems with Your Remote Start System”

  1. Annette Elliott says:

    Good Morning,

    i have a 2014 Ford Escape Titanium. i had to get a new key Fob and every since then my remote start won’t stay running. it starts and then after about 30 seconds it stops. Can someone tell me why this is happening? And how to fit it?


    Annette Elliott

  2. Carrie says:

    @Annette, I am having the same problem with my 2104 Ford Focus Titanium. My remote start has worked fine until this point.

  3. bill king says:

    Dang you got a 2104 focus thats crazy na jk but same issue here with a 2018

  4. LeTasha Jamison says:

    I have a 2014 Escape as well same issue. Any ideas why?

  5. Dawn Bartz says:

    I have a 2014 Escape with the same problem. It starts and runs for 30 seconds then goes off.

  6. Heather says:

    I dont even get 30 seconds with my 2018 escape (titanium) it shuts off as soon as the lights go on (1-2 seconds) most times I have to use the ford pass app to start my car and sometimes that doesn’t work either…
    Ive had it looked at and Ford can’t figure out what’s wrong with it… I even showed them a video of what’s going on…

  7. Lyn says:

    That was happening to my 2015 Escape (Titanium) Took it to Ford and they had to replace the relay and the battery terminals. That was in July after I only had the car for less that 3 weeks I was SO PISSED. Grapevine Ford in Texas repaired it. I took it to 2 other places and they had NO idea why it was doing that.

  8. Frankie says:

    My 2015 Ford Mustang remote start stopped working recently. so every time I try to remote start it the vehicle just honks and that’s it. Has any one experienced this with similar vehicle and what could I possibly do to fix the solution

  9. Have a 2020 Ford escape with app. Ford Pass for remote start. It will not start the car first time in the day. Go and start car on start button and car starts. Shut off, then remote will work the remainder of the day. disgusting remote, of course useless, its in the morning when you want it to work

  10. gary Foster says:

    my 2016 mustang is doing the same thing! Did you ever figure out the issue?

  11. BMan says:

    My 2015 Mustang started doing it as well and It honks twice and the hazard lights blink. Anyone figure anything out?

  12. Greg Wonacott says:

    Your comments are interesting but doesn’t address why my 2015 F350 Super Duty will not auto start when going through the procedure …Lock…2x on start. Is there an on and off in the information system?

  13. Tommy Echols says:

    My 2019 f150 won’t remote start now only have 2400 miles on it????????

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