Buick Regal Owners & Service Manuals

Buick Regal: Remote Vehicle Start

If equipped, this feature allows the engine to be started from outside the vehicle.

transmitter if the vehicle has remote : This button will be on the RKE transmitter if the vehicle has remote start.

The climate control system will use the previous settings during a remote start. The rear defog may come on during remote start based on cold ambient conditions. The rear fog indicator light does not come on during remote start. If the vehicle has heated and ventilated seats, they may come on during a remote start. Laws in some local communities may restrict the use of remote starters. For example, some laws require a person using remote start to have the vehicle in view. Check local regulations for any requirements.

Other conditions can affect the performance of the transmitter.

Starting the Vehicle

To start the engine using remote start:

1. Press and release RKE transmitter. on the RKE transmitter.

2. Immediately press and hold for at least four seconds or until for at least four seconds or until the turn signal lamps flash. The turn signal lamps flashing confirms the request to remote start the vehicle has been received.

When the engine starts, the parking lamps will turn on and remain on as long as the engine is running. The doors will be locked and the climate control system may come on.

The engine will continue to run for 10 minutes. Repeat the steps for a 10-minute time extension. Remote start can be extended only once.

Turn the vehicle on before driving.

Extending Engine Run Time

The engine run time can also be extended by another 10 minutes, if during the first 10 minutes Steps 1 and 2 are repeated while the engine is still running. An extension can be requested, 30 seconds after starting. This provides a total of 20 minutes.

The remote start can only be extended once.

When the remote start is extended, the second 10-minute period is added to the first 10 minutes and the engine will run for a total of 20 minutes.

A maximum of two remote starts, or a remote start with an extension, are allowed between ignition cycles.

The vehicle's ignition must be turned on and then back off before the remote start procedure can be used again.

Canceling a Remote Start

To cancel a remote start, do one of the following:

  • Aim the RKE transmitter at the vehicle and press and hold until the parking lamps turn off. until the parking lamps turn off.
  • Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
  • Turn the vehicle on and then off.

Conditions in Which Remote Start Will Not Work

  • The RKE transmitter is in the vehicle.
  • The hood is not closed.
  • The hazard warning flashers are on.
  • The malfunction indicator lamp is on.
  • The engine coolant temperature is too high.
  • The oil pressure is low.
  • Two remote vehicle starts, or a single remote start with an extension, have already been used.
  • The vehicle is not in P (Park).


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