How-To: 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Remote Start
The 2013 Chevy Equinox may or may not be equipped with this feature, which allows you to start the engine from outside the vehicle.
The best way to determine whether or not a vehicle is equipped with Remote Start or not is to look at the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter (key fob) and look for the remote start button, which looks like a semi-complete circle (see image above).
Starting The Engine Using Remote Start
To start the engine using the remote start feature:
- Press and release lock button on the RKE transmitter
- Immediately press and hold the remote start button for at least two seconds or until the turn signal lamps flash. The turn signal lamps flashing confirms the request to remote start the vehicle has been received. The parking lamps will turn on and remain on as long as the engine is running. The vehicle’s doors will be locked.
- The key must be inserted and turned to ON/RUN before driving. The engine will shut off after10 minutes unless a time extension is done or the key is inserted and turned to ON/RUN.
Shutting The Engine Off After A Remote Start
To shut off the engine: Press until the parking lamps turn off.. Turn on the hazard warning flashers.. Insert the key and turn it to ON/RUN and then back to LOCK/OFF.
Conditions In Which Remote Start Will Not Work
The remote vehicle start feature will not operate if:
- The key is in the ignition
- The hood or doors are not closed
- The hazard warning flashers are on
- There is an emission control system malfunction
- The engine coolant temperatures too high
- The oil pressure is low
- Two remote vehicle starts have already been used
- The vehicle is not in P (Park)
Remote Start Ready
If the vehicle does not have the remote vehicle start feature, it may have the remote start ready feature. This feature allows a dealer to add the manufacturer’s remote vehicle start feature. See your dealer to add the manufacturer’s remote vehicle start feature to the vehicle.
Remote Start Notes
- The climate control system will use the previous settings during a remote start. The rear defogs may come on during remote start based on cold ambient conditions. The rear defog indicator light does not come on during remote start.
- If the vehicle has heated seats, they may come on during a remote start. See Heated Front Seats on page 3‑8 for more information. 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. There are other conditions which can affect the performance of the transmitter.