After getting the infamous "oil light flicker" problem taken care of two days ago on my '04 SE (I purchased a vent wire and the oil switch on newmoparparts.com and had Midas replace the parts) I was getting ready to tackle the next problem.
Almost a year ago I had an after market remote start kit from Designtech (http://www.designtech-intl.com/pdf/manuals/23927.pdf
At about the same time when the oil light flicker problem started (about two months) ago, I also started experiencing some issues with the remote start.
Every once in a while when I try to start the car remotely, it will start and stay on for about 20 seconds and then shut off. The remote start unit will try two more times before it stops to try to start the car. This can happen when the car has been driven for a while or when I try starting it in the morning.
However, sometimes it will start the way it is supposed to and remain on until it times out.
After running the self-diagnostic procedure on the remote start module it gave me the following code:
Code 6 is caused by the unit not seeing the battery voltage increase enough when the vehicle starts. It can also be caused if you are not bypassing the factory theft system, such as PATS, VATS, or similar, if equipped.
Double-check the ignition wiring against the vehicle-wiring guide. Your vehicle may require ignition 2, or in some cases ignition 3, in order to allow the alternator to function Ė thus bringing up the voltage.
If the wiring is correct, and you are properly bypassing any security system the vehicle may be equipped with, then connecting the unit into tach mode should solve the problem. (Your alternator may not be functioning properly).
Since I had the system installed by a factory authorized installer and since it used to work fine in the past, it leads me to believe that the last sentence of the third paragraph (Your alternator may not be functioning properly)
might apply. Either that or something might be wrong with the battery.
I went to Advance Auto Parts to have them check the battery and alternator. The problem is that they only do these tests during daylight, or so I was told, and I usually donít get home from work until after itís been dark for a while.
Either way, is there anything else that could cause the unit to not see the battery voltage increase enough when the vehicle starts?
I apologize if Iím asking basic questions here but fact is I donít know enough about cars and I would at least like to try and be as knowledgeable as possible about a certain problems, when it is time to deal with the mechanics.
So, Iíd like to thank you in advance for your answers.