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How do I disable valet mode on a 2005 escape with remote start. When I try to start using remote it honks twice then starts alarm and theft flashes. It will start with remote when key is in ignition.
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Ford Mechanic: Todd M, ASE Certified Technician replied 4 months ago
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Hello. My name is ***** ***** I will be assisting you today. I am assuming that this is an aftermarket remote start system. Am I correct?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No. This is a factory remote start and alarm
Ford Mechanic: Todd M, ASE Certified Technician replied 4 months ago

I am sorry. I am not being provided any information for this system in your 2005 escape. I will opt out so that another expert can assist you.

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Ford Mechanic: EricFromCT, Ford Technician replied 4 months ago
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
The car has been put into valet mode. I can remote start it with the key in the ignition but when I try outside of the car it engages the alarm.
Ford Mechanic: EricFromCT, Ford Technician replied 4 months ago

Ok. Near the remote start module there is a black override button. Usually mounted up under the dash. Have you ever found this button?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No.
Ford Mechanic: EricFromCT, Ford Technician replied 4 months ago

For it to be put into and out of valet mode the override button needs to be pressed with the ignition off, and held while the ignition is turned ON. But since the horn beeps twice I do not suspect you are in valet mode. 2 horn beeps and failure to start is an indication of a problem with the hood safety switch under the hood. Usually mounted to the hood. If there is a poor ground or chaffed wire you will get 2 beeps. Recommend checking that hood switch and wiring first.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Can you please explain it for me and I will look tomorrow. Not sure that is the problem since the remote start works with the key in the ignition. I have read that all ford remote start and alarm systems have a valet mode that can be set to disarm the remote start. I just can't find out how to get it turned off.
Ford Mechanic: EricFromCT, Ford Technician replied 4 months ago

For it to be put into and out of valet mode the override button needs to be pressed with the ignition off, and held while the ignition is turned ON. But since the horn beeps twice I do not suspect you are in valet mode. 2 horn beeps and failure to start is an indication of a problem with the hood safety switch under the hood. Usually mounted to the hood. If there is a poor ground or chaffed wire you will get 2 beeps. Recommend checking that hood switch and wiring first.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I will look tomorrow. It's too dark to try to figure it out now. I will let you know what I find. Thank you.
Ford Mechanic: EricFromCT, Ford Technician replied 4 months ago

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Ford Mechanic: EricFromCT, Ford Technician replied 3 months ago

Hi. Have you made progress getting your remote start working yet? Did you check the hood switch I mentioned?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Checked the hood and don't see a switch that would have anything electrical connected to it. After it honks twice, it sets the alarm off and honks constantly until I put the key in the ignition or press the brake. I don't see a override button under the dash either.
Ford Mechanic: EricFromCT, Ford Technician replied 3 months ago

If you have a remote start there should be a hood switch. The two honks indicate an issue with the remote start thinking that the hood is ajar or the brake pedal is being depressed. There should be a small switch mounted to the hood itself usually on the drivers side. When the hood is up the switch lets the remote start know.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I'll look again on Monday and let you know. I'm pretty busy until then. Thanks for the help.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I found the override button. Held it while starting the car. It now honks once then the alarm goes off. Looked for a switch under the hood again and don't see anything that would have electrical wiring to it.
Ford Mechanic: EricFromCT, Ford Technician replied 3 months ago

I wonder if when they installed it, they did not use the hood switch. it is a safety feature. Because you can just supply the hood switch wire with ground all the time and that will work but the car will remote start when the hood is up.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I don't know. What does the one honk before the alarm goes off indicate? I don't know why it isn't working anymore. I replaced the battery about 8 months ago and that's the only thing that I know may have caused it to quit working
Ford Mechanic: EricFromCT, Ford Technician replied 3 months ago

The one horn beep indicates the vehicle got the remote start signal. Like i mentioned, 2 chirps after a failed remote start indicates the vehicle thinks the hood is open.

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Ford Mechanic: EricFromCT, Ford Technician replied 3 months ago

Also, if you try and remote start it say, while you are sitting inside, when the ignition comes on does the theft light on the dash blink fast?

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