Your Nissan: Remote Engine Start and NissanConnect Services
How do you use remote engine start in Nissan models?
Imagine a chilly morning, and the last thing you want to do is step out into the cold to start your car. If you own a Nissan with remote engine start, you can easily avoid this inconvenience. In models like the 2017 Nissan Altima, this feature is available on higher trims. You can identify it by a circular arrow button on your key fob. To initiate the engine start, press the lock button and then hold the circular arrow button for at least two seconds.
Benefits of Remote Engine Start
Remote engine start offers more than just escaping the cold. It’s not limited to winter; you can use it in the summer to cool down your car quickly. Once activated, your engine will run for 10 minutes. If you don’t insert the key or press the push-button start within this time, you can use the remote starter for an additional 10 minutes. After that, manual intervention is needed.
How do I get Started Using NissanConnect Services?
If you’ve recently purchased a new Nissan, you might have access to a trial of NissanConnect Services. To enroll and make the most of this trial, you have two options:
- Enroll with your Dealer: During the purchase, ask your dealer to enroll you in NissanConnect Services.
- Self-Enrollment: If you prefer doing things at your own pace, head to the app store, download the MyNISSAN app, and register for a MyNISSAN Owner Portal Account.
Understanding Remote Engine Start/Stop
NissanConnect Services introduces the Remote Engine Start/Stop feature, allowing you to start or stop your vehicle remotely through the MyNISSAN App or Owner Portal. This feature not only adds convenience but also contributes to the safety of your vehicle.
How it Works
When you initiate Remote Engine Start, your vehicle’s engine will run for 10 minutes. However, after two consecutive Remote Engine Start commands or if your vehicle’s engine hasn’t been started in the last 14 days, you’ll need to start the engine with the Nissan Intelligent Key before using remote start again.
Conditions for Remote Engine Start
For this feature to work, ensure the following conditions are met:
- Vehicle doors must be closed and locked.
- Hood must be closed.
- Windows should be up.
- Transmission must be in ‘Park.’
- Nissan Intelligent Key must be outside the vehicle.
- Brake pedal cannot be depressed.
As an added layer of security, a Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required for certain NissanConnect Services features, including Remote Engine Start/Stop. It’s crucial to safeguard your PIN and avoid sharing it.
Troubleshooting and Additional Information
While Remote Engine Start enhances comfort, there are considerations and conditions outlined in your Nissan Altima Owners Manual. Laws in local communities may also impose restrictions on remote starters, so it’s advisable to check for any specific requirements.