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What is that light on my dashboard?
My smart key is dead. How do I start my car?

Dead Key FOBDashboardSymbols.comWhat the hell is that light on my dashboard? My not-so-Smart key isn’t working – how do I get into and start my car? Automotive service departments across the country are inundated with questions like these on a daily basis.

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So, what IS that light on your instrument panel? That new acronym? What do they mean? And what’s up with your Key FOB??

Here at, our aim is to show you, to help you understand what is happening to your vehicle at the first sign of trouble – a new warning light illuminated on your instrument panel or a misbehaving push button-start car. And, with our Mobile Apps, we will put the tools you need in the palm of your hand. Translators, if you will, for what is a new language developing around the latest automotive technologies. And, in the case of our Dead Key FOB app, actual instructions to get you into your car and underway.

Cars are changing, and among those changes is the growing number of symbols and indicators that will invariably show up on your instrument panel. Every year, new features are added to vehicles, each of which is accompanied by a new symbol or acronym. Drivers are frustrated, afraid and sometimes even angry at the growing number of these seemingly senseless symbols. Known as tell-tales in the industry, we are dedicated to keeping them sorted out for you.

And Smart Keys or Intelligent Keys that let you into your car and start it with just a touch use their internal batteries at alarming rates, catching busy drivers unawares – even though the car has been trying to warn you. With more symbols!

Our goal is to help you relax – and keep moving if at all possible – rather tin_troublehan leave you fretting whenever one of these lights shows up or your key fob stops working. The first-cut answers can be found on our pages as well as instructions for getting into and starting most keyless start cars – without roadside assistance.

Your car’s manufacturer and your dealer may expect you to memorize all this, but we don’t. We know you are busy and need a break! We also recognize that nearly no one remembers a rarely-used piece of information until they have dealt with it multiple times.

So, you can keep the Symbol meanings and a back up plan for your Smart Key with you! Download our Mobile Apps today!

Are you a dealer or dealer group? Let us help you give YOUR customers a customized back up plan. Contact us for details.



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