How to extend the engine running time on Ford F-150 remote start

The remote start on Ford F-150 is a very useful feature which can be used to keep the engine running for a predefined amount of time, for the purpose of cooling or preheating the vehicle before the passengers gets to it. So how do you extend the engine running time before it shuts itself off automatically?

There are currently three duration settings on which you can set your vehicle on; 5, 10 and 15 minutes. We will go through all remote start settings in this article, including climate control settings.


Duration Settings

You can change the duration in the instrument cluster.

1. On the instrument cluster screen, select Settings.
2. Go to Advanced Settings.
3. Scroll down to Remote Start.
4. Then select Duration.
5. Make a selection between 5 minutes, 10 minutes and 15 minutes.

If you want more than 15 minutes duration, then repeat the remote starting procedure while the engine is running. This will extend the time by 15 minutes. Note that you can run engine on remote start for a maximum of 30 minutes. Also, this will not have any effect on the duration settings you previously set.

Climate Control Settings for Remote Start

In the infotainment system, first adjust the thermostat, fan speed, etc, to the desired level at which you want the vehicle to run on when remote starting. You can also turn on seat heating and defroster. Then go to the instrument cluster settings.

1. On the instrument cluster screen, select Settings.
2. Go to Advanced Settings.
3. Scroll down to Remote Start.
4. Then select Climate Control.
5. Change the selection from Auto to Last Setting and press OK.

If you don’t want to turn on heated seats and steering wheel, then go to Front Seats & Wheel settings and select Off from menu.


Note: There are laws against car idling in over two dozen states in the United States, so make sure you are following your local state or provincial laws before using remote start feature.

Contact the author: archiehunt@wheelsjoint.com


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