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post #1 of 51 Old 11-13-2015, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Remote Start and Climate Settings

I have the remote start climate control setting set to auto and the heated seats/wheel set to on. I tried the remote start for the first time today and yesterday morning. Since I had the climate set to auto, I was not expecting the blower fan to be running when I got in the car as it was only a few seconds from the time I used the remote start until I got into the car....the engine was not even warmed up enough yet so the climate control should not have turned the blower on. The dashboard was black except for the message 'shift into gear to drive away' or something like that. When I did that everything lit up as per a normal start, and the blower fan turned off indicating that the engine was not warmed up, the climate control was set to auto however the heated seats and steering wheel were off. Is this what is supposed to happen?

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I think there are parameters in the setup menus that control how auto-start works. Regarding the blower on high that is typical allowing the windows to defrost and getting any heat into the cabin regardless of the coolant temperature. Our 2011 Edge did the same thing. A lot of how it works is driven by the outside temperature at startup.

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Yes I went through the set up menu for auto start. The climate control can be set to either 'auto' or 'previous setting'. I have it set to auto. On my previous 7 cars that had auto climate control, the blower function did not operate until the engine had warmed up enough so that it would blow at least luke warm air rather than blowing ice cold air upon immediate start up. Blowing ice cold air does not aid in window defrosting. Warm air cannot get into the cabin until the engine has warmed which is why there is normally a delay on the blower starting until that engine temperature is reached.

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Yes I went through the set up menu for auto start. The climate control can be set to either 'auto' or 'previous setting'. I have it set to auto. On my previous 7 cars that had auto climate control, the blower function did not operate until the engine had warmed up enough so that it would blow at least luke warm air rather than blowing ice cold air upon immediate start up. Blowing ice cold air does not aid in window defrosting. Warm air cannot get into the cabin until the engine has warmed which is why there is normally a delay on the blower starting until that engine temperature is reached.
With a remote start situation the interior fan may be on hi (depending on the ambient temperature) to assist with clearing any frost/fog from the windows in advance of your entry. Once you get in the vehicle and hit the starter button the fan will become managed by the climate system. Our 2011 Edge and my Cadillac CTS with climate control operated the same way on a remote start with a cold cabin until you got in the vehicle hit the start button then the fan would go to whatever the speed the climate control system dictated. From the Lincoln web site which mentions another parameter that may or may not be available in the MKC:

Remote Starting the Vehicle

The label on your transmitter details the starting procedure. To remote start your vehicle, first press the lock button to lock all the doors. Then press the remote start button twice. The exterior lamps will flash twice.
The horn will sound if the system fails to start, unless quiet start is on. Quiet start will also run the blower fan at a slower speed to reduce noise. It can be switched on or off in the information display. See General Information.
The power windows will not work during the remote start and the radio will not turn on automatically. The parking lamps will remain on and the vehicle will run for 5, 10, or 15 minutes, depending on the setting.
Remote Starting with an Intelligent Access Transmitter

If the vehicle has been remote started with an integrated keyhead transmitter, you must switch the ignition on before driving your vehicle. With an intelligent access transmitter, you must press the Start/Stop button on the instrument panel once while applying the brake pedal before driving your vehicle.

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I agree with you if the fan was set to Hi manually. However if the system is in the auto mode, and the weather is cold enough that heat is called for, then the fan should not run until the engine has reached a certain temperature in order that it can provide warm air. This is how auto climate control systems work. If I had manually set the fan speed when the car was last turned off and I had set the remote start climate control to 'previous settings' instead of 'auto' then I could understand why the blower would be operating when I got in the got after a remote start but since I do have it set to auto and I did get in the car in less than a minute after remotely starting the car, the engine would not yet have warmed up (since it is cold here right now) and therefore the blower should not have been operating as evidenced by it turning off as soon as I hit the gear selector button to drive off.

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All I can say is my 2011 Edge with automatic climate control and Sync would set the blower to hi on a remote start in cold weather if the cabin temperature is cold regardless of the coolant temperature. Once I hit the start button the fan speed became controlled by the climate control system and was greatly reduced. I remember may times opening the door on the Edge after a remote start in winter hearing the fan on HI. Was your climate control on when you turned off the car?

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Remote started my 2016 via key fob and app and the defroster kicked into hi immediately even though the vehicle was cold. That is similar to our previous Edge.

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The climate control is always set to auto and the setting for remote start climate control is also set to auto.

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Those are the settings I have.

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Just my opinion from just having installed a super high efficiency furnace in my home:


I suspect the remote start turns the heater blower on high immediately to grab any BTUs available in the coolant, or about to be available in the coolant, even though that air flow might FEEL cool to us, because more than likely we aren't going to be in the remote started vehicle to notice if the air flow is cold or luke warm. In other words, any BTUs is better than no BTUs if you want the car to warm up.

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