Vehicles With Ford-Approved Aftermarket Remote Start Systems
When using a Ford-approved aftermarket remote start system, the vehicle recognizes the remote start system as an additional admin key. It is the vehicle’s default setting. You can also program the remote start as a MyKey. As a result, the MyKey system status menu display includes the remote start system as an additional key in the total count of programed keys.   See   Checking MyKey System Status
When you start your vehicle with a Ford-approved aftermarket remote start system, the system stalls the engine after you open the door or shift your vehicle into gear. This is intentional. When you restart your vehicle, it reads the Key or intelligent Key fob status instead of the remote start system status.
As an added precaution, owners of vehicles fitted with traditional keys may want to program the remote start system as a MyKey, if the MyKey driver uses the remote start fob. That way, when the MyKey driver starts the vehicle with the remote start system, the MyKey restrictions remain active.
With a Ford-approved aftermarket remote start system, it is possible to program all keys as MyKeys unintentionally. If this happens, then the remote start fob is the admin key. If you want to have only one key as a MyKey, or do not want to have any MyKeys, then you need to use your remote start to clear all MyKeys. In that case, follow these steps:
  1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors.
  1. Start your vehicle using your remote start fob.
  1. See   Clearing All MyKeys.  Follow Steps 1-3.
After clearing your MyKeys, you can create a new MyKey.   See   Creating a MyKey
Note:   For vehicles with Intelligent Access keys (push-button start), you cannot program the remote start system as a MyKey. Always treat the remote start fob as you would any other admin key.
Vehicles With Non-Ford-Approved Aftermarket Remote Start Systems
MyKey is not compatible with non-Ford-approved aftermarket remote start systems. If you choose to install a remote start system, see an authorized dealer for a Ford-approved remote start system.
The following information may help if you choose to install a non-Ford-approved remote start system. The actions provided below do not make MyKey compatible with non-Ford-approved remote start systems, but may help you retain some MyKey functions.
When using a non-Ford-approved remote start system, the vehicle may recognize the remote start system as an additional admin key with its associated privileges. If you restart the engine by inserting a key into the ignition cylinder and recycling the ignition completely, then you may retain some MyKey functions. This action forces your vehicle to read the traditional key instead of the remote start fob and then uses the MyKey associated privileges.
Note:   The MyKey system status menu display may include the remote start system as an additional key in the total count of programed keys.   See   Checking MyKey System Status
As an added precaution, owners of vehicles fitted with traditional keys may want to program the remote start system as a MyKey, if the MyKey driver uses the remote start fob. That way, when the MyKey driver starts the vehicle with the remote start system, the MyKey restrictions remain active.
With a non-Ford-approved aftermarket remote start system, it is possible to program all keys as MyKeys unintentionally. If this happens, then the remote start fob is the admin key. If you want to have only one key as a MyKey, or do not want to have any MyKeys, then you need to use your remote start to clear all MyKeys. In that case, follow these steps:
  1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors.
  1. Start your vehicle using your non-Ford-approved remote start fob.
  1. See   Clearing All MyKeys.  Follow Steps 1-3.
After clearing your MyKeys, you can create a new MyKey.   See   Creating a MyKey
Note:   For vehicles with Intelligent Access keys (push-button start), you cannot program the remote start system as a MyKey. Always treat the remote start fob as you would any other admin key.