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Hey guys. I was trying to use the remote starter today but could not. I tried locking the car and then pressing the remote starter button - nothing happened. I tried it again by locking the car and holding down the remote starter button but again nothing happened. So I am a bit confused here - how do you use the remote starter? Do you have to set anything up in the DIC or anywhere else? To all the experts out here - I would really appreciate any help.

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How long are you holding the remote start buttom after you lock the car?
I believe you have to hold it for 30 seconds.
 

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Mine starts after 4-5 seconds. I had a Grand Prix with remote start and it took nearly 10 seconds.
 

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Hit lock then hold remote start for about 4 seconds.

You do have to have the remote start set up in the menu; don't have my manual handy but I think it is under advanced options.
 

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Hey guys. I was trying to use the remote starter today but could not. I tried locking the car and then pressing the remote starter button - nothing happened. I tried it again by locking the car and holding down the remote starter button but again nothing happened. So I am a bit confused here - how do you use the remote starter? Do you have to set anything up in the DIC or anywhere else? To all the experts out here - I would really appreciate any help.

Cheers!
Remote start has to be turned on in the DIC.
 

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From the Owners Manual:

Using Remote Start
(Remote Start): Press and release the lock button
and then press and hold this button to use the
remote start feature.
To start the vehicle using the remote start feature:
1. Aim the transmitter at the vehicle.
2. Press and release the transmitter’s lock button,
then immediately press and hold the transmitter’s
remote start button until the turn signal lights
flash or if the vehicle’s lights are not visible, press
and hold the remote start button for at least
four seconds. The vehicle’s doors will lock. Pressing
the remote start button again after the vehicle
has started will turn off the ignition.
When the vehicle starts, the parking lamps will turn
on and remain on while the vehicle is running.
3. If it is the first remote start since the vehicle has
been driven, repeat these steps, while the engine
is still running, to extend the engine running time
by 10 minutes. Remote start can be extended
one time.
After entering the vehicle during a remote start, press
the brake pedal and turn the ignition to ON/RUN to drive
the vehicle.
If the vehicle is left running it will automatically shut off
after 10 minutes unless a time extension has been done.
To manually shut off a remote start:
• Aim the transmitter at the vehicle and press
the remote start button until the parking lamps
turn off.
• Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
• Turn the ignition switch on and then off.
The remote vehicle start feature provides two separate
starts, each with 10 minutes of engine running, or it
provides one start with 10 minutes of engine running that
may be extended 10 more minutes. If you press and
release the transmitter lock button and then press and
hold the remote start button on the transmitter again
before the first 10 minutes of engine running time
has expired, 10 minutes are added to the remaining
minutes. For example, if the lock button and then
the remote start buttons are pressed again after
five minutes of the engine run time, 10 minutes are
added and you now have 15 minutes of engine running.
The added ten minutes are considered a second
remote vehicle start.
Once two remote starts or a single start with a time
extension have been used, the vehicle must be started
with the keyless access ignition control knob before
you can use the remote start feature again.
The remote start feature will not operate if any of the
following occur:
• The ignition is in any position other than LOCK/OFF.
• A keyless access transmitter is inside the vehicle.
• The hood is open.
• There is an emission control system malfunction.
• The remote start feature is not enabled. See
“Remote Start” under DIC Vehicle Customization on
page 3-68.
The engine will turn off during a remote vehicle start if
the coolant temperature gets too high, or the oil pressure
is too low.
Setting Up Remote Start in DIC Vehicle Customization
Remote Start
If the vehicle has this feature, it allows you to turn the
remote start feature off or on. The remote start
feature allows you to start the engine from outside of
the vehicle using the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
or keyless access transmitter. See Remote Vehicle Start
on page 2-14 for more information.
Press the customization button until Remote Start
appears in the DIC display. Press the set/reset button
once to access the settings for this feature. Then
press the menu up/down button to scroll through the
following settings:
Off: The remote start feature will be disabled.
On (default): The remote start feature will be enabled.
No Change: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
 

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Hey Guys. Thanks for the help. It works perfectly now! I just did not know I had to lock the vehicle and then press the remote starter button right away and hold on for 4 seconds. Thanks again :)
 
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