Kia Seltos Remote Start Not Working – How To Fix

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 10/19/22 •  3 min read

The Kia Seltos is a good car, and it has a great quality interior and decent mileage. But, sometimes there are issues with the car that are not easily solved. The Kia Seltos remote start is one of these issues. If you want to know how to fix your Kia Seltos remote start, this article will be helpful.

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There are many reasons why the Kia Seltos remote start does not work properly. One of the most common reasons is that the receiver unit is not working properly or maybe it is damaged. So you have to replace it with a new one. But before you replace it, try doing some simple fixes to make sure that the problem does not lie in your remote start receiver unit. Read through this article to know what you can do about a Kia Seltos remote starter not working.

How to Fix Kia Seltos Remote Start Not Working

Check the battery

Over time, your remote starter batteries will become weak and eventually stop functioning. If you have a spare key fob for your Kia Seltos, try using that one to start the car. So, you can test if the problem was caused by the battery or not.

If that doesn’t work, try jumping starting the car. If it still doesn’t start, try jumping starting it. If it starts, take your Kia Seltos to a dealership of your choice, or a local auto parts store, to check the battery. Take the time to ensure that the battery cables are tight and that the battery terminals are clean. If you notice that the battery cables or the battery terminals are corroding, you can use baking soda and a wire brush to clean them.

Reprogram the module

Modern cars are controlled almost entirely by the vehicle’s computer. What that means is that your remote starter was installed using a data module. That enables your remote brain to talk with the computer in the language it knows, and in a manner that is acceptable to the computer in general. In rare cases, the module will lose its programming data and the computer will not be able to start the engine.

Check the hood pin switch

If you are using a reputable remote starter facility, they should be using a switch that prevents the car from being started remotely if the lights are not on. This is to protect those who are working under the hood of your car. If this part fails, the car will no longer be able to start when it is parked. This will involve an appointment with the service center that did the installation for you. It may be necessary to make an appointment with the company that installed the starter.

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Disable valet mode

Valet mode disables the ability to remotely start a car and is used to temporarily protect a mechanic while he does his work. When the remote is accidentally inserted in a purse or a pocket, it can cause problems. If it locks and unlocks the doors but does not flash the parking lights or if the remote starter stops working, this may be the problem. Try to press the lock button and the trunk button simultaneously to stop the system from being in valet mode.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.

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