Key FOB's interfered with by after market electronics
I dont have a remote start but my regular locking distance has a max range of 25 ft or so, at most times and some times it works great from as long as I care to use it from, over 100's of feet. I have a 2014 Escape that I have been back & forth to the dealer with as well as pulling my hair out at work & at home. I read in other forums where people swore that their issuer were caused by their USB phone chargers generating noise and interfering with the FOB signal. this sounded like nonsense but I was willing to try anything. The funniest part is that through cable yanking, my USB phone charger gets pulled out of the console socket from time to time and the next time I happen to take note of the FOB working from a distance, it "miraculously" works and I have no explanation because time may have passed since the USB charger was unplugged. I then, at a later time/date, plug the charger in to charge the phone only to have the FOB only work at short distances again the next time I notice it. I never put 2 + 2 together because the two actions were never within a short span of time from each other. After reading this thread, I parked at work this morning and with the charger plugged in, I began stepping backwards from the vehicle until the key would no longer work. This was about 25 ft or so. I then unplugged it and I made it to the front door of my office building, approximately 75 yards away, and was still able to make the horn go off by double pressing the lock button. I was convinced at that point.