Remote Starter Not Working and Check Engine Light

I have a 2007 Chevy Equinox 2wd. This morning I tried to start the vehicle using the remote car starter. The vehicle would not start after 2 attempts. I then started the vehicle using the key and noticed that the check engine light came on. The vehicle seems to be working alright. Any ideas what the problem may be?

Answer: On the newer GM vehicles that have the remote start function, if there is a check engine light related to the emissions system, or many other trouble code set in the computer system, it will disable the remote start feature. That would be the reason your vehicle did not start when you tried it. Since the vehicle is running fine, the problem you have is most likely nothing serious, but it does need to get a computer scan and get checked out. If you have less than 100,000 miles on it, the issue will probably be covered by the manufacturer's powertrain warranty. And just a reminder, after two attempts to remote start the vehicle, you need to have an ignition cycle with the key before you can try the remote start again.

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  • Guest - Carol Phillips

    Will the auto start on 2011 Terrain cause the engine light to come on if the auto start is not working

  • Guest - bob

    In reply to: Guest - Carol Phillips

    Actually it's just the opposite. If the check engine light is on, it will disable the remote start system.

  • Guest - Tony

    I have a 2010 Chevy Equinox that had the same problem the remote starter would not work and the check engine light came on. My mechanic found out that I did not have the right amount of voltage going to my vent valve. Which is located down by the gas tank.

  • Guest - GA

    In reply to: Guest - Tony

    Thanks for the n4 but do u have to drop the tank

  • Guest - Christina Martinez

    In reply to: Guest - Tony

    What had to be done to get enough voltage to the vent valve??

  • Guest - RM

    The check engine light is on, battery, and oil, the my 2006 Ford Tarus will not start. What could the problem be?


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