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My remote start now is failing most of the time. I'll double tap, it beeps twice. I get in, the car isn't running, display says something like there was a failure or it was disabled. I also now have the engine light on also that I've noticed around the same time. Any reported issues of this? Can't find any.
 

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If the engine light is on the remote start will not work. It will honk to tell you the FOB worked. Just wants a manual start for you to see important messages.


It will also not work if the hood is up. Check to see if the hood sensor plunger or whatever is not cracked or bent.


It also -might- not work if you have already ran it 2 or 3 times. Or it failed to start due to cold engine 2 or 3 times.


I'd try to have a dealer look at it.
 

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My remote start now is failing most of the time. I'll double tap, it beeps twice. I get in, the car isn't running, display says something like there was a failure or it was disabled. I also now have the engine light on also that I've noticed around the same time. Any reported issues of this? Can't find any.
Hi MoPacifica,

Per pages 28-29 of your Owner's Manual:

"All of the following conditions must be met before the engine will remote start:
• Gear Selector in PARK
• Doors closed
• Hood closed
• Liftgate closed
• Hazard switch off
• Brake switch inactive (brake pedal not pushed)
• Battery at an acceptable charge level
• PANIC button not pushed
• System not disabled from previous remote start event
• Vehicle alarm system indicator flashing
• Ignition in STOP/OFF position
• Fuel level meets minimum requirement

NOTE:
• If an engine fault is present or fuel level is low, the vehicle will start and then shut down in 10 seconds"

We would recommend visiting your local dealership to have your CEL diagnosed. Please don't hesitate to send us a PM for further assistance if needed!

Andrea
Chrysler Social Care Specialist
 

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I've begun to have a problem with my remote start upon the first use of the car of the day. Instead of the car beeping twice and starting, it beeps only once and does not start. When I get up close to the car, after double clicking the remote start button again, I hear a whirring noise from under the hood. When I get in, the car starts normally when the start button on the dash is pushed. I could drive Just a few miles, park, and when I return to the car,the remote start works normally. It's doing this every day now.
 

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I've begun to have a problem with my remote start upon the first use of the car of the day. Instead of the car beeping twice and starting, it beeps only once and does not start. When I get up close to the car, after double clicking the remote start button again, I hear a whirring noise from under the hood. When I get in, the car starts normally when the start button on the dash is pushed. I could drive Just a few miles, park, and when I return to the car,the remote start works normally. It's doing this every day now.
Other than getting an appointment to have the dealer check your van, you might get the batteries checked at an auto parts or battery store. The owner's manual states that the battery must be at "an acceptable charge level" in addition to the other requirements listed. Please let us know what the fix is.

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I've begun to have a problem with my remote start upon the first use of the car of the day. Instead of the car beeping twice and starting, it beeps only once and does not start. When I get up close to the car, after double clicking the remote start button again, I hear a whirring noise from under the hood. When I get in, the car starts normally when the start button on the dash is pushed. I could drive Just a few miles, park, and when I return to the car,the remote start works normally. It's doing this every day now.
Hello OJR,

Please continue to monitor this behavior, at any point you decide to schedule an appointment with your dealer, we can provide an additional layer of assistance while in service.

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Curious if you had this issue diagnosed and fixed? My 2017 Pacifica is doing the same thing... the remote start is unreliable at best.
 

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Curious if you had this issue diagnosed and fixed? My 2017 Pacifica is doing the same thing... the remote start is unreliable at best.
My 17 Pacifica Touring L remote start and other problems were completely remedied with a new battery. I should note that the car was built in the first half of the model year and does not have ESS. What was confounding was it would work intermittently. The reason why is since retiring in October 2018 I often only drive a mile per day to check the mail. On the weekly occasion of driving 30 miles round trip to do grocery shopping, the RC would work fine for a day or so afterward. Never did I give a thought to the possibility of a new battery in a new car would be shot after only 2.5 years. I started with the simple solution first; changing the batteries in the fobs. Within a couple of days, the problem was back. Come November of 2019 it was time to change out the 3-seasons and mags for the winter tires and wheels.
On a relatively warm day (for November in the Catskills) I get out the 12-volt electric jack and 12-volt electric impact wrench, put down a 4X4 sheet of plywood to avoid damaging the blacktop, position the jack, plug it in and jack the FR of the car up to where most of the weight has been taken off the wheel. Unplug the jack, plug in the impact wrench, attach the correct socket, stick it on a lug nut and get nothing but whirring because the clutch would not engage to remove the nut. After cursing out the cheap Chinese piece of crap impact wrench I resign myself it will cost 20 some odd bucks to have Mavis Tire switch the 3-seasons with the snows. Then plug the jack back in, lower the car, pull the jack out, put everything away and decide to take a ride to check the mail. Get in, push the start button and have a dead battery. Whattttt??
I carry a jumper box all the time so it took about 2 minutes to jump-start it. That's when other problems started. Over the next 6 weeks until I could arrange an appointment and the new battery came in, I ended up jumping it a dozen or more times. Other problems ensued at different times. Among them: Losing lights on the dash. The UConnect radio not coming to life for sometimes as long as a minute while it decided if it wanted to work or not. Losing the blue lights that indicate where the gear selector is set with a message that said something like "Service Shift Selector" When it did that I sat there in HTF do I do THAT puzzlement. I shut the car off, restarted several times and nothing. Shut it off to the off position and waited for the power to UConnect radio to cut out. Nope. Start the car, shut it off, put it in acc position, wait 10-15 minutes for UConnect radio to go off, open the driver door for a pregnant moment. Get out then right back in, close the door and the blue icons flash. Start the car and the problem is fixed. It was also occasionally flashing, mostly upon start-up a red lightning bolt icon inside 2 reversed parentheses indicating a problem with Electronic Throttle Control.
I know enough from driving old cars most of my lifethat either the starter was sucking all the life out of the battery- highly doubtful. Or the unlikely had happened. A battery-less than 2.5 years old in a car purchased brand new was not holding a charge and needed to be replaced.
The service day came and I was there on time for the 7:30 appointment. As I explained the problem, the service person immediately said, '2017 Pacifica? the battery needs to be replaced. Many Pacificas are having problems with the battery and Chrysler is aware of it.'
I explained the other stuff it was doing and said I thought the problems are all related to the battery being bad. They went over the car with a fine-tooth comb diagnosing the electrical system. about 5 hours later they paged me and said I was right about the other problems but they didn't have a battery in stock. They offered a rental free of charge which I declined and ordered the battery. I had to remind them it had no ESS so they said they had to make sure they ordered the correct battery. After a return appointment they switched out the battery and I haven't had a problem with any of the above problems since. AND, the remote start works again, first time, every time.
 

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Curious if you had this issue diagnosed and fixed? My 2017 Pacifica is doing the same thing... the remote start is unreliable at best.
Yes, the battery would not hold a charge. Once it was replaced all the problems I cited went away.

The reason the remote start would work on occasion and then not was because since I retired in October 2018 it only gets driven one mile per day to get the mail. With delayed headlights going for about a minute after shutting it off it was draining the battery after such a short daily trip. I'd approach the car the next day, press the fob twice and get one toot on the horn and nothing else. Then, on the day after making a 30-mile round trip to go grocery shopping, the remote start worked as expected.
The fact that I didn't stop to consider a battery had gone bad in less than 2.5 years in a new car is what was so befuddling when it would work one day and not the next, then a couple of days later start working again. Once it got to the point where it wouldn't hold a charge if the doors were left open for 20 minutes while I made several trips lugging groceries up a flight of stairs to the house and putting the cold goods in the fridge and freezer, I was 99.99% sure the battery was shot

As stated in my post, as soon as I explained what it was doing to the service person at the local dealer, she said "2017 Pacifica? It probably the battery. Chrysler is aware of 2017 Pacifica having battery problems."
 
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