Help! My Car Remote Start Won’t Work

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Top 4 Reasons Your Vehicle Won’t Start

It’s in the middle of winter. Ice and slush are covering your vehicle, but you’re not worried. That’s because you have a car remote start – all you need to do is push a button and drink a hot cup of coffee while your vehicle gets toasty. Wait! Your remote start isn’t working. Don’t panic and check out these four reasons your remote start isn’t working and how Auto Image can keep you warm all winter long.

1. Your Car Remote Start Is Valet Mode

The best remote starts have some sort of valet mode. This prevents your car from accidentally starting while your keys are in your pocket or purse. It allows you to lock and unlock your car, but not start your vehicle. Valet mode can be switched on by accidentally pressing random buttons on the key fob, or when your car or truck remote start is disconnected for service.

Many remote starts have directions on how to exit valet mode on the back of your remote control. It’s usually fixed by pressing a combination of two buttons on your key fob. However, there are times when you may also put your car remote start into valet mode by accidentally hitting the “kill switch” under your dash. In this case, all you need to do is switch it back.

At Auto Image, our technicians are easy to talk to. Never hesitate to ask our technicians why your remote start isn’t working. Often, we can easily and quickly identify the problem, so you can use your remote start without worrying.

2. You Have a Broken Hood Pin

All car and truck remote starts must have a way to prevent your vehicle from starting when the hood is open. This safety measure prevents serious injuries to you and the mechanic, and is usually accomplished by a hood pin switch or a hood tilt switch. They can tell if your hood is opened or closed, but can break or fail over time.

You know you have a broken hood pin when you hit the start button on your remote control, and your parking lights flash several times. Your unlock and lock features will still work.

A hood pin is usually broken when a mechanic leans on it while performing routine maintenance on your vehicle. Fortunately, our technicians can fix a broken hood pin easily.

3. Your Remote Control Lost Programming

This is actually very rare. Especially, when you have quality remote start installation from Auto Image. Most times, the only reason your remote control loses programming is because you have a dead battery.

Car remote starts can keep programming through some type of memory installed in its features. However, like any computer, sometimes they lose memory. When this happens, the only way to fix it is by calling Auto Image. Our technicians will reprogram your remote control and get you back on the road.

Keep in mind that high-quality car remote starts usually never lose their programming. Talk to the experts at Auto Image, to make sure you’re choosing the right products for your remote start installation in New Jersey.

4. Your Remote Start Is in Second-Car Mode

Did you know the best car remote starts have the ability to start two vehicles? When you press start on your smartphone or key fob and nothing happens, your remote might be in second-car mode. This usually occurs when random buttons are pushed on your key fob. Usually, all you need to do is consult your owner’s manual to reset it. Just make sure you haven’t turned on one of your other vehicles.

Of course, you can always come to Auto Image, and our technicians will happily reset your car remote start.

The Takeaway for Broken Car Remote Starts

At Auto Image, we’ve noticed most broken car remote starts are because of a DIY installation. When you get a car remote installation in New Jersey, always choose a high-quality product and an experienced professional. Never trust your vehicle with someone who is just offering a cheap price on car or truck remote starts and always get any aftermarket parts installed where you bought them.

Stay Two Steps Ahead With a Car Remote Start Installation in New Jersey

Car and truck remote starts offer an incredible amount of benefits all year around. Use it to warm up in the fall and winter, clear out allergens in your cabin during spring, and stay ultra-cool in the summer. You can even link a remote start to your smartphone for ultimate control over your car.

To schedule an appointment for car remote installation, call our shop in East Brunswick at (732) 254-2727, our Brick location at (732) 920-0606, or send us a request online. We offer installation on every product we sell! Auto Image is your one-stop-shop for aftermarket car accessories and parts. Ask us about how you can control the climate in your car even more with expert window tint installation.