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Chevy Silverado Remote Start Not Working: Reasons And Solutions For This Issue

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Chevy Silverado Remote Start Not Working

Though the Chevy Silverado provides remote start features to start your vehicle from a distance, sometimes this feature may fail. This feature is quite helpful as it balances the engine’s operating temperature. Hence, you need to solve this feature’s failing issue shortly.

So, why are the Chevy Silverado remote start not working? Improper starting method, opened vehicle hood, and flashing malfunction lights can be the reason for this failure. Also, sometimes, valet mode, high coolant temperature, low oil pressure, and key fob’s dead batteries can cause this issue.

Throughout this article, we will discuss the causes and solutions of this issue. Thus, without further ado, let’s start.

Reasons For Chevy Silverado Remote Start Not Working

Reasons For Chevy Silverado Remote Start Not Working

Here are some common reasons why this keyless entry feature is not functioning:

  • Multiple Attempts: If you press the arrow sign on the key fob multiple times, the keyless entry system may not work.
  • Opened vehicle Hood: If the vehicle hood is not closed or has any issues with the hood latch sensor, the keyless entry system won’t work.
  • Malfunctioning Emission System: Your vehicle’s keyless entry system may not work if there is any issue with your vehicle’s emissions system. Any problems with the air filter or oxygen sensor will cause inappropriate air-fuel mixture intake and cause emissions issues.
  • Flashing Check Engine Light Or Hazard Warning Light: Generally, any malfunction in the vehicle system can trigger these lights. And the remote start won’t also work when they are on.
  • Low Oil Pressure: With low oil levels, the lubrication effects on the engine compartments will be insufficient. This may cause severe engine issues in the future. That’s why with low oil pressure, your Chevy Silverado will refuse to start.
  • High Coolant Temperature: High coolant temperature may occur due to improper and insufficient coolant or a faulty thermostat. When the coolant temperature rises, it disables the keyless entry feature. 
  • Valet Mood: Sometimes, while changing or after changing the battery, you might accidentally turn on the vehicle’s valet mood. Generally, in this mode, all other functions except the locking and unlocking become disabled. 
  • Vehicle Isn’t Parked: Due to safety precautions features, you won’t be able to start the vehicle if it’s not in the park position. 
  • Damaged Key Fob Battery: Dead or damaged batteries of the key fob may also cause the failure of this feature.

How To Solve The Remote Start Not Working Issue?

How To Solve The Remote Start Not Working Issue

As you already know the causes behind the failure of the keyless entry system, let’s know about the solutions for each cause throughout the processes below. 

Proper Starting Procedure 

  1. If you have a key fob for keyless entry, press the arrow button just once and for a minimum of 2 seconds. 
  2. Leave the button when Chevy’s light flashes. 
  3. If you are using the myChevrolet app, you need to open the app and click the keyfob symbol with the star sign.

The most important note here, you can’t start with the key fob or app if you are inside the vehicle. 

  1. You must be outside of the vehicle to make this feature work. 
  2. Also, put your Chevy Silverado in the “park” position first before trying the keyless entry system. 

Check this Youtube video to visualize how to remote start the chevy silver ado:

Closing The Hood

  1. When the remote start doesn’t work, check whether the hood is closed correctly. 
  2. In some cases, you may need to clean the hood latch sensor. Also, lubricating the sensor by spraying lubricants can solve this issue.

Addressing The Warning Light Issues

Chevy Silverado Remote

Plugging in any digital scanning tool, you can identify what is causing the warning lights to flash. According to the code, you may need to replace the oxygen sensor or air filter. 

  1. For this, you need to check the manual of your Chevy to locate the position of that parts. 
  2. Then, you must detach the wiring and mounting bolts if you have any. 
  3. Next, pull out the oxygen sensor or air filter, and reinstall a new part in a similar but reverse process of removing it.

Solve The Low Oil Pressure And High Coolant Temperature 

Chevy Silverado Low Oil Pressure
  1. For this, you need to check the oil or coolant reservoir to check the level. 
  2. If the level is low, you must refill the tank with appropriate engine oil and coolant.
  3. Also, if the start doesn’t function, you need to cool down the engine for at least 5 minutes before trying again.

Disable Valet Mode

  1. To exit the valet mode, you must start the engine by inserting the ignition key. 
  2. Now, you have to engage and disengage the brake pedal for 10 seconds and minimum 10 times. If you hear 2 clicks, that means you successfully exited the valet mode. 
  3. Now, removing the ignition key, you can try the keyless entry again.

Change The Key Fob’s Battery

  1. For changing the remote key fob’s batteries, remove the battery cover first using a finger or appropriate tools
  2. Then, take out the batteries and insert new ones. 
  3. Ensure that the positive side of the batteries is facing up. Then, close the cover.
Change The Key Fob's Battery
If you’re experiencing issues with the remote start function in your Chevy Silverado, you may also find our article on VW key fob not working helpful. This article provides troubleshooting tips and solutions for resolving key fob issues in Volkswagen vehicles. Additionally, if you’re facing problems with VW We Connect, our article on VW We Connect not working offers guidance on diagnosing and fixing issues related to the VW connectivity system.


In this FAQs section, we will answer several familiar questions about the Chevrolet Silverado’s remote starting.

Q: When To Replace The Chevy Silverado Remote Start Key Fob?

You need to replace the key fob when it fails to function correctly, even within a small distance. Also, the vehicle may not start after pressing the key fob’s button or may start automatically without pressing the fob’s button.

Q: How Much Does A New Remote Starter Cost?

If you purchase the remote starter kit from their official website, you may get it for around $275-$295. On other online sites, you may get the remote starter kit for $125.14-$276.56.

Q: Whether The Remote Start App Or Key Fob Less Effective?

With the increasing distance from your vehicle or due to any obstacles, the risk of your key fob failing will also increase. But the app will provide more features, and you can operate it from a greater distance.


If the remote start of your Chevy Silverado fails to work, you can’t start warming the vehicle’s engine before driving. We already mentioned the reasons for the Chevy Silverado remote start not working. Before replacing the starter, you should try resolving the reasons behind this issue.

In general, a proper starting method is essential to make the feature work properly. You can also try closing the hood, exiting the valet mode, and refilling the oil and coolant level. Sometimes, you may need to replace the key fob’s batteries or a few vehicle parts like a faulty oxygen sensor, air filter, thermostat, etc.

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