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If you own a Ford, you may be wondering if the vehicle has remote start functionality or not. The key fob for Ford vehicles that have the remote starter option display an arrow that is part of a partial circle

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The easiest way to find out if your Ford has a remote start is to look at the key fob. If your Ford key fob has a button that shows X2 inside a circle with an arrow, your vehicle is equipped with an engine remote start. 

This is what your key fob will look like if your Ford has a remote engine start. 

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How to check if my Ford has a remote engine start function? 

Another method you can use to verify if your Ford has a remote start is to start the engine remotely. 

Try the following procedure. 

  1. Press the lock button on the key fob to lock the doors.
  2. Next, press the button on the remote, which has a "2x".
  3. The vehicle light flashes twice.
  4. If your Ford remote engine starts, then the user will be notified through the horn sound. 

If the engine starts, your Ford has an engine start. If the engine doesn't start, you probably don't have a remote engine start. 

Can I add a Ford key fob with remote start? 

You can not buy another key fob with a remote engine start button and add it to your vehicle to add this functionality. 

Even if the Ford key fob you purchase has a remote engine start button, it doesn't mean that you can use it to remote start the vehicle. The vehicle must be able to have a remote start module installed to remote start the engine. 

What Ford cars have remote start? 

The remote engine start function is standard equipment across all the 2021 and newer Ford vehicles.

  • 2021 Ford EcoSport
  • 2021 Ford Escape
  • 2021 Ford Bronco Sport
  • 2021 Ford Bronco
  • 2021 Ford Edge
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E
  • 2021 Ford Explorer
  • 2021 Ford Expedition
  • 2021 Ford Ranger
  • 2021 Ford F-150
  • 2021 Ford Super Duty
  • 2021 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2021 Ford Transit
  • 2021 Ford Mustang
  • 2021 Ford GT

Other Ford vehicles could have had the remote start option installed at the factory. 

Some older Ford vehicles starting back around 2015 can also have remote engine start function installed as an option at the factory. You need to look at the key fob for the X2 symbol inside the partial circle on those models. 

Why doesn't the remote engine start work on my Ford? 

The most common reason why your Ford remote engine start doesn't work is that the battery inside the key fob is too weak. 

Other possible issues include: 

  • Ignition is on
  • Triggered alarm
  • Hood is still open
  • Disabled remote start/stop system
  • Discharged car  battery
  • Transmission is not in Park (P)
  • Check engine light is on

If your Ford check engine light is on, follow this troubleshooting guide.