No engine starter operation?

Tiny
TMARZLUFF
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  • 2009 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
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  • 23,000 MILES
I used my remote start on my 2009 chevy silverado. I remote started it once and it came on. Then I shut it off with the remote and tried to restart it again, but it wouldn't restart with the remote start. Now the check engine light is on and the remote start doesn't work anymore. Is there a fuse I need to replace or something?
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Sunday, January 16th, 2011 AT 6:52 PM

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Tiny
HULLZY
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Hi,

I've been having possibly the same issue for over a year.

If I plug my truck in for more than an hour, then try to remote start, it runs OK for a few seconds, then sputters until it eventually stalls. This triggers an error that turns on the Check Engine light. once this is on, your remote start won't work until it is cleared, either by a code reader or disconnecting your battery.

Maybe your light came on for a different reason. I believe mine is happening due to the coolant heater being too close to a sensor in the rad or something like that. Your light may have just come on because you stopped and started too quickly? Or was your truck plugged in? If the starter is bad this guide can help find it

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/starter-not-working-repair

SH
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Monday, January 17th, 2011 AT 10:10 PM
Tiny
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What do you mean by "plugging your truck in"?
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 AT 2:05 AM
Tiny
HULLZY
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Sorry, Plugging in the Engine Coolant heater/Block heater. I'm guessing your not from a cold climate? I'm in Canada so it's helps with the cold if it's working.
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 AT 2:36 AM
Tiny
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I disconnected and reconnected the battery and it worked. Thanks a lot!
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 AT 12:48 PM
Tiny
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I live in Alaska, and I plug my car in every day in order to help it start in the morning. If I don't plug my car in, sometimes it won't start at all. I frequently need to drive to locations where there is no electricity. Is there anything I can do to my vehicle to help it start, instead of leaving it on for 8 hours?
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Test the fuel pressure in the morning. This engine will not start cold with under 55 PSI.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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No electricity-been there before I'll take the battery with me if there's nobody there with a vehicle to jump it and keep it in a room temperature-Battery blanket, heated oil and transmission dipstick, block heater are useless w/o electricity there. So much of mother nature.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
WRENCHTECH
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I was under the impression the engine was cranking sufficiently and not starting. I probably shouldn't have assumed that. If it's a cranking issue you have, then Rasmataz is right. Resolve the battery issue.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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The last frontier is one tough country to be in-When the hawk goes down it will freeze the battery and explode if not noticed when engine warming up BTDT-the catch here is a higher cold cranking amps battery and kept warmed-So much of being in the land of the midnite sun. Running it 8hrs causes wear and tear-might consider 1500watts portable generator in place and 2 gals of fuel
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
PAULEYPL
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I replaced the original positive wiring and upgraded to 2 gauge. After putting everything back together, I attempted to start the truck but got a no crank. I checked the power to the starter and the wire from the battery is hot. The wire from the relay to the solenoid has no power. When I turn the ignition I still don't have power to that wire. However, if I bypass the relay the starter cranks.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Good morning,

Why did you change to 2 gauge?

Did you try the key relearn for the security system?

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-reset-a-security-system

It is possible the key forgot the password for the security.

Roy
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
PAULEYPL
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I have an inverter in the truck and two batteries. It has been in the truck for a few years, which has been hard on the 145 amp alternator. So I upgraded to a 250 amp. I read that it was best to upgrade wiring as well. I haven't tried the key relearn but will try that now.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
PAULEYPL
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Roy,

I did the security reset, but unfortunately it didn't fix the issue.

Thanks for the input.
Philip
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Okay, Is the check engine light on?

Do you have a code reader that can read codes? If it is security. It should have a fault code stored.

Does the security or theft light stay on for more than 10 seconds with the key in the on position?

Roy
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
PAULEYPL
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Roy,

The check engine light isn't on. But the "service airbag" is on the display. I have a code reader and will run it now.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Roy,

I ran a check with the code reader and there aren't any DTC's stored in the computer. Also, the security light only stays on for about 4 seconds.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Okay, do you have a test light or voltmeter to do checks on the starting system? I attached 2 diagrams for the starting system and we need to do some testing.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-wiring

Roy
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Purchased this truck at auction. It had been wrecked. Still driveable. Drove it home. Replaced the seat belts, seats, steering column, steering wheel and airbag clock spring. Now it wont start.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Yes. I have both.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Replacing the steering column means the anti-theft parts in the column are different now. That will prevent it from starting. You will need a dealer level scan tool and a security password from a dealer to reset the system to use the new parts. Or use a locksmith who does mobile work, they are usually cheaper than the dealer.
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