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 - Derek

    So many people work in shops that comment and want to promote business instead of offering shortcuts. There are ways to override any command start with engine light active. So many people tell you to "JUST FIX THE PROBLEM CAUSING ENGINE LIGHT". Sad that no one likes to promote any engine or ignition bypassing if it is only emission issues causing the engine light. I have given up asking strangers on the web because you will always get the same answer. I won't get into details about how to override your command start, cuz I will make the "safety first" guys very sad. But what you need to do is each time before you plan to use your command start, whether it is the night before, (if you plan to remote start in the morning), disconnect then reconnect your battery before going inside for the night and your command will work for first run. Tedious but works.

  • Guest - Vicente baro

    I have a 2009 impala ss my remote to start was working fine early that day then next time I went to start it it wouldn't and the engine light came on what should I do?

  • Guest - Eric kirk

    Hi i have a 2014 chevy impala LT. i have my engine light on for 2 weeks . And it wont remote start . It will start with key . What can i do to fix it. And on the car remote starter i cant find a way to see if the little battery needs to change. Theres nothing on it to open .no screw or battery cover

  • Guest - Michael

    A month ago my equinox boost air tube came off, reducing engine power and check engine light came on. Took it to the dealer, they installed a new metal clil toretain the boost tubing to the top of the carberator, they also removed the check engine light code. Later noticed the remote start does nott work. What is the cause?

  • Guest - Marquita

    I have a 2015 Chevy Equinox my automatic starter stop working the mechanic said it some kind of timing change cylinder he trying to charge me up just for the part

  • Guest - thom

    In reply to: Guest - Marquita

    did you ever get the problem fixed ?

  • Guest - Cindy Brown

    I have a 2016 traverse with 72,000 miles, my remote key will not start my truck. Engine light is on but runs fine. Code said it's a bank code flue senor. I'm very diappointed ,because it was a great feature to have when u have kids and cracking it b4 I get into a freezing truck to warm up was awesome, now I'm just disappointed

  • Guest - Chris Haas

    My 2015 Chevy Camaro sat there for about a week without being used went to start it my check engine light came on drove it around running fine when home shut it off and try to remote start will not work

  • Guest - Kirk Ajram

    Installed a one way viper yesterday on 2005 dodge Dakota v8 magnum. Right after the check engine light comes on and doesn't go away

  • Guest - Kirk Ajram

    After installing a one way remote (viper) the check engine light comes on and wouldn't go away

  • 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?