Manual: Remote Start Activation
From the 2007 Acadia Manual (should be exactly the same for Outlook)
Remote Vehicle Start
Your vehicle may have a remote starting feature. This feature allows you to start the engine from outside of the vehicle. It may also start up the vehicle's heating or air conditioning systems and rear window defogger. Normal operation of the system will return after the key is turned to the ON position.
If your vehicle has an automatic climate control system, during remote start, the climate control system will default to a heating mode during colder outside temperatures and a cooling mode during warmer outside temperatures. If your vehicle does not have an automatic climate control system, during remote start, the climate control system will turn on at the setting the vehicle was set to when the vehicle was last turned off.
During a remote start, if your vehicle has an automatic climate control system and heated seats, the heated seats will turn on during colder outside temperatures and will shut off when the key is turned to RUN. If your vehicle does not have an automatic climate control system, during remote start, you will need to manually turn the heated seats on and off. See Heated Seats for additional information Laws in some communities may restrict the use of remote starters. For example, some laws may require a person using the remote start to have the vehicle in view when doing so. Check local
regulations for any requirements on remote starting of vehicles.
The RKE transmitter with the remote start button, provides an increased range of operation. However, the range may be less while the vehicle is running. As a result, you may need to be closer to your vehicle to turn it off, than you were to turn it on. There are other conditions which can affect the performance of the transmitter, see Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System on page 98 for additional information.
(Remote Start): This button will be on the RKE transmitter if you have remote start.
To start the vehicle using the remote start feature, do the following:
1. Aim the transmitter at the vehicle.
2. Press and release the transmitter's lock button, then immediately press and hold the transmitter's remote start button until the turn signal lights flash. If you cannot see the vehicle's lights, press and hold the remote start button for at least four seconds. The vehicle's doors will lock. Pressing the remote start button again, after the vehicle has
started, will turn off the ignition. When the vehicle starts, the parking lamps will turn on and remain on while the vehicle is
3. If it is the first remote start since the vehicle has been driven, repeat these steps while the
engine is still running, to extend the time by 10 minutes for the engine to continue to run. Remote start can be extended one time. After entering the vehicle during a remote start, insert and turn the key to the ON position to drive
the vehicle. If the vehicle is left running it will automatically shut off after 10 minutes unless a time extension
has been done.
To manually shut off a remote start, do any of the following:
- Aim the RKE transmitter at the vehicle and
press the remote start button until the
parking lamps turn off.
- Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
- Turn the ignition switch on and then off.
The vehicle can be remote started two separate times between driving sequences. The engine will run for 10 minutes after each remote start. Or, you can extend the engine run time by another 10 minutes within the first 10 minute remote start time frame, and before the engine stops. For example, if the lock button and then the remote start buttons are pressed again after the vehicle has been running for five minutes, 10 minutes are added, allowing the engine to run for 15 minutes.
The additional 10 minutes are considered a second remote vehicle start.
Once two remote starts, or a single remote start with one time extension has been done, the vehicle must be started with the key. After the key is removed from the ignition, the vehicle can be remote started again. The vehicle cannot be remote started if the key is in the ignition, the hood is not closed, or if there is an emission control system malfunction.
Also, the engine will turn off during a remote vehicle start if the coolant temperature gets too
high or if the oil pressure gets low. Vehicles that have the remote vehicle start feature are shipped from the factory with the remote vehicle start system enabled. The system may be enabled or disabled through the DIC if your
vehicle has DIC buttons. See REMOTE START‚ under DIC Vehicle Customization (With DIC Buttons) on page 255 for additional information. If your vehicle does not have DIC buttons, see your dealer/retailer to enable or disable the remote
vehicle start system.
Remote Start Ready
If your vehicle does not have the remote vehicle start feature, it will have the remote start ready feature. This feature allows your dealer/retailer to add the manufacturer's remote vehicle start feature.
See your dealer/retailer if you would like to add the manufacturer's remote vehicle start feature to your vehicle.