How to Remote Start Ford Ranger with Key Fob or Mobile device

The remote start capabilities of a Ford Ranger mean drivers can start the engine from a remote location using a key fob or a connected digital device (smartphone). How convenient is the remote start feature for the drivers of Ford Ranger?

How does the Ford Ranger remote start work? Here is a preview and why you might consider Ford Ranger models with this feature if living in a cold location.

Which Ford Ranger Models Have Remote Connect Feature?

The Ford Remote Connect feature is an innovative remote control feature allowing drivers to perform several tasks to monitor their vehicles using a mobile phone. The remote connect feature assists drivers to:

  • Start or stop your Ranger remotely
  • Lock and unlock doors
  • Monitor the status of the Ford Ranger (fuel levels, temperature, etc.)
  • Setting alerts and reminders for particular events like unlocked doors
  • Adjusting climate control settings

The remote connect feature is available on the following Ford Ranger trims:

  • Ford Ranger Lariat - available in model years 2019 and newer
  • Ford Ranger XLT - available in model years 2019 and newer

How To Remote Start Ford Ranger With A Key Fob

The remote start feature gives drivers time to warm up the engine before starting the journey in cold weather or cool down the Ford Ranger when it is getting hot. This is possible using a key fob or a mobile device.

Here is how to remote start a car using a key fob:

  • Ensure your Ford Ranger is parked safely. The handbrake should be engaged, and the gear in the Park position.
  • Press the lock button twice in quick succession (within two seconds)
  • Press the remote start button on the key fob and release. The parking lights (turn signal) will flash severally to indicate the engine has started.
  • Most Ford vehicles will run for a predetermined time once the engine has remotely started. Ranger drivers can use the key fob to manage other functions like controlling the air conditioning systems.

How To Remote Start Ford Ranger With A Mobile Device (Smartphone)

This function is available for Ranger vehicles with the Remote Connect Feature. The driver should download and install the Remote Connect app on their smartphones or mobile devices. The driver also creates login credentials to ensure safety when utilizing the app’s remote control features.

Do the following steps to remote start a Ford Ranger using the Remote Connect feature:

  • Log in to the app using the correct user (owner) credentials.
  • Ensure the vehicle is parked safely, with the handbrake engaged and the gear in Park.
  • Open the Ford Remote Connect app.
  • Tap the “Remote Start” button on the app. A confirmation message appears on the app showing the engine is running.
  • Upon confirmation the engine is running, drivers can perform several other tasks remotely. They can adjust air conditioning settings and lock and unlock doors, among several functions.

The driver’s smartphone and the Ford Ranger vehicle are required to be connected to the cellular network when using the Remote Connect Feature.

How to Remotely Stop Ranger’s Engine

Drivers can remotely stop Ford Ranger’s engine using the key fob or through a mobile device.

In order to kill the engine using the key fob:

  • Press the Unlock button (primarily unlocks the Ford Ranger doors). This will stop the engine, followed by the flashing of hazard lights. The lights flash twice.


  • Press the Lock button on the key fob. Hold it in the pressed position for at least two seconds. The engine stops, followed by a single flashing of hazard lights.

Drivers using the Ford Ranger Remote Connect Feature should follow this procedure to stop the engine.

  • Open the Remote Connect app on the phone
  • Input your Login (owner’s account) details
  • Tap the “Stop Engine” button on the app
  • Await confirmation from the app the engine is shut.

Ford Ranger Climate Control Setting

Ranger owners relying on a key fob should keep the air conditioning settings on Auto Mode. It ensures the Ford Ranger’s air conditioning system reverts to a predefined state once the engine is started remotely.

The climate control setting for Ford vehicles with the Remote Connect Feature is simple - the driver opens and logs in to the app to adjust climate settings accordingly.

  • Log in to the app
  • Click on the “Climate” button on the app
  • Adjust climate settings. One can raise or lower internal temperature, fan speed, and air conditioning modes.
  • Click “Apply” to save and activate the changes.

Extend Ford Ranger Engine Running Time

Remote starting a Ford Ranger means the engine runs for a predetermined time. The engine stops after 10 minutes. When a driver remote starts Ford Ranger after the engine stops, its running time doubles. That means the engine will stop after 20 minutes if remote start is used twice consecutively. The third remote start is unavailable for most Ford cars. The driver must manually ignite the engine and stop it to activate remote start.

Ford vehicles using the Remote Connect Feature give drivers more flexibility to extend engine running time.

The following is the procedure for extending the running time:

  • Open the Remote Connect app on the phone
  • Log in using your owner’s credentials
  • Tap the “Start” button on the app and wait for confirmation the engine is running
  • Click on the “Extend” button on the app. This will keep the Ford Ranger engine running for an additional 10 minutes. Some will run until the driver clicks the “Stop” button on the app.

Automatic Ford Ranger Engine Shutdown After Remote Start

The Ford Ranger’s engine can stop before the predefined running time elapses.

It happens when one or more of the following things happen:

  • The driver or other person opens the hood when the engine is running
  • A door is opened
  • The gear shifts from parking to another position. This can be from “P” to “R” or “D”. The engine will stop automatically.
  • Whenever there is a depression in the brake pedal
  • When a key is detected on the ignition switch. For Ford Ranger cars with a push button, pressing the start button has the same effects as the key in the ignition. The engine shuts down.
  • The engine stops when the alarm system activates. The only exception is when the alarm alert is initiated using the key fob. In this case, the engine keeps running.

Reasons Why Remote Start System Is Not Working On Ford Ranger

The remote start function can stop working without notice. It happens due to several reasons including:

  • A dead key fob battery
  • The key fob is out of range, or the cellular network connectivity is poor for vehicles with the Remote Connect Feature
  • Existing signal interference prevents communication between the car and the driver.
  • Malfunctioned remote start fuse or relay
  • Damaged remote start module
  • Weak 12V battery
  • Parking “P” gear disengages
  • One of the doors or hoods is open
  • The vehicle is low on fuel or has other electrical connection problems

Safety Precautions

Drivers must be cautious when using the remote start feature on any Ford vehicle. Some measures to ensure the safety of drivers and other people include:

  • Check if the transmission lever is in Park “P” position. Also, ensure the handbrake is engaged before starting the car.
  • Ensure the vehicle is in open space. Remote starting Ford Ranger in closed environments increases the build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • Avoid using the remote start feature if the Ford Ranger dash has warning lights.
  • Check car surroundings before using remote start.
  • Safely keep the fob key and avoid sharing Remote Connect credentials with others.

Ford Ranger Engine Idling Law

Drivers whose Ford vehicles have a remote start feature should acquaint themselves with various laws regarding engine idling in different states or jurisdictions. Some jurisdictions limit how long an engine should idle. Try not violate these rules as it attracts fines.

Ranger owners should also adhere to the Ford's recommended idling time to ensure the remote start system remains functional.


The remote start feature is available for the newer Ford Ranger models. A driver should know how the Ford Ranger Remote start works and adhere to recommended safety guidelines to keep the remote ignition system functional.

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