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Ram 1500/2500/3500: Remote Starting System - If Equipped

This system uses the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter to start the engine conveniently from outside the vehicle while still maintaining security. The system has a range of approximately 300 ft (91 m).


  • The vehicle must be equipped with an automatic transmission to be equipped with Remote Start.
  • Obstructions between the vehicle and the RKE transmitter may reduce this range.

How To Use Remote Start

All of the following conditions must be met before the engine will remote start:

  • Shift lever in PARK
  • Doors closed
  • Hood closed
  • HAZARD switch off
  • BRAKE switch inactive (brake pedal not pressed)
  • Ignition key removed from ignition switch
  • Battery at an acceptable charge level
  • RKE PANIC button not pressed
  • Fuel meets minimum requirement
  • System not disabled from previous remote start event
  • Vehicle security alarm not active


  • Do not start or run an engine in a closed garage or confined area. Exhaust gas contains Carbon Monoxide (CO) which is odorless and colorless. Carbon Monoxide is poisonous and can cause serious injury or death when inhaled.
  • Keep Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitters away from children. Operation of the Remote Start System, windows, door locks or other controls could cause serious injury or death.

Remote Start Abort Message On Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) - If Equipped

The following messages will display in the EVIC if the vehicle fails to remote start or exits remote start prematurely:

  • Remote Start Aborted - Door Ajar
  • Remote Start Aborted - Hood Ajar
  • Remote Start Aborted - Fuel Low
  • Remote Start Aborted - System Fault
  • Remote Start Disabled - Start Vehicle to Reset

The EVIC message stays active until the ignition is turned to the ON/RUN position.

To Enter Remote Start Mode

Press and release the REMOTE START button on the RKE transmitter twice within five seconds.

The parking lights will flash, vehicle doors will lock, and the horn will chirp twice (if programmed). Once the vehicle has started, the engine will run for 15 minutes.


  • If your power door locks were unlocked, Remote Start will automatically lock the doors.
  • If an engine fault is present or fuel level is low, the vehicle will start and then shut down in 10 seconds.
  • The park lamps will turn on and remain on during Remote Start mode.
  • For security, power window and power sunroof operation (if equipped) are disabled when the vehicle is in the Remote Start mode.
  • The engine can be started two consecutive times (two 15-minute cycles) with the RKE transmitter. However, the ignition switch must be cycled to the ON/RUN position before you can repeat the start sequence for a third cycle.

To Exit Remote Start Mode Without Driving The Vehicle

Press and release the REMOTE START button one time or allow the engine to run for the entire 15-minute cycle.

NOTE: To avoid unintentional shut downs, the system will disable the one time press of the REMOTE START button for two seconds after receiving a valid Remote Start request.

To Exit Remote Start Mode And Drive The Vehicle

Before the end of the 15-minute cycle, press and release the UNLOCK button on the RKE transmitter to unlock the doors and disarm the Vehicle Security Alarm System (if equipped). Then, prior to the end of the 15 minute cycle, cycle the ignition to the ON/RUN position.

Remote Start Comfort Systems - If Equipped

When remote start is activated, the heated steering wheel and driver heated seat features will automatically turn on in cold weather. In warm weather, the driver vented seat feature will automatically turn on when the remote start is activated. These features will stay on through the duration of remote start or until the ignition switch is turned to the ON/RUN position.

The Remote Start Comfort System can be activated and deactivated through the Uconnect System. For more information on Remote Start Comfort System operation refer to "Customer Programmable Features" in "Uconnect Settings" in "Understanding Your Instrument Panel".


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