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remote start range?

My truck has the factory remote start and it is utterly useless. You pretty much have to be standing beside the truck to get it to work.
Is this normal? Or is there something I can do to improve the range?
I have a fresh battery in my key fob.


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Normal. They are garbage.

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You can get UConnect and download the app to your smart phone if you have one. Then you can remote start the truck anywhere.

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I've tested this and can reproduce 50 yards easily.

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Mine usually works all the way across my work parking lot. I would estimate it at 75 yards. I went through a period where I would have to be almost next to it for it to work. I thought it was the remote battery but after replacing it it was the same. A few weeks later it started working normal. I chalked it up to some sort of interference as one of my coworkers trucks had the same issue. My garage door opener is another issue. It works when it wants to it seems.

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Mine will reach at least from my front door to the end of my driveway, about 75-80 feet, haven't needed much more than that.

Are you trying it outside a building or from inside? It's a low power signal, so easily obstructed.

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I agree that there are a lot of things that can affect Range. Sometimes I have to be right by my truck and I have also started it from 100 yards away!!!

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Maybe metal walls around you o truck?

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Yea, I've noticed the range with the key fob is not as long as it should be.

I have the u-connect app too, though. And with that you can remote start from anywhere in the world, INCLUDING the ISS ( International Space Station).


Anyone set up automation for starting your truck at a set time? Example, if you work everyday at 6AM, set Alexa or Google to remote start at 5:50AM.

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You can get UConnect and download the app to your smart phone if you have one. Then you can remote start the truck anywhere.
I don't think mine is compatible with UConnect. I don't have the option in my radio. And my range is literally like 10 feet away maximum. Kind of useless feature if you have to be standing right beside the truck for it to work

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You can get UConnect and download the app to your smart phone if you have one. Then you can remote start the truck anywhere.
I don't think mine is compatible with UConnect. I don't have the option in my radio. And my range is literally like 10 feet away maximum. Kind of useless feature if you have to be standing right beside the truck for it to work
The range on one of my fobs went to almost nothing for the remote start. Works fine for door locks, though. The other is only 80-100ft at most although the manual claims 300.

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70 to 100 feet at best. Try to use it from the front of the office -- through large polarized tinted windows -- and it won't reach 40 feet.

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