Getting into Your Fiat Chrysler Vehicle
Retrieving the mechanical key
To remove the emergency (mechanical) key for a Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicle, slide the mechanical latch at the top of the back of the Key Fob (remote control or ‘clicker’) to the side and then pull the key out with your free hand. Use the mechanical key to unlock the driver’s door.
The Key Fobs in models built after 2010 are sleeker and rounded (see the image to the right) but work the same way. Fiat models also use this key fob style. Slide the mechanical latch at the top of the back of the Fob to the side and pull the emergency key out with your free hand.
Starting Your Fiat Chrysler Vehicle
In Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles built prior to 2009 and using the rectangular-tipped key, the Engine Start / Stop button must be removed from the ignition switch for key fob use. With the ignition in the Lock position, insert the metal part of the emergency key (or a finger nail!) under the chrome button (above right) and gently pry the button loose. It comes away very easily. Note that the button itself appears to float just above the dash.
Insert the rectangular tip of the key fob into the exposed ignition switch slot and turn the key to start and operate.
For models built after 2010 using the rounded key and including Fiat models, place the “nose” side (side opposite of the mechanical key) of the Key Fob against the Start / Stop ignition button (left) and push to operate the ignition switch.
Do NOT try to remove this button! We have actually seen an owners manual citing the older key and button. Do NOT remove the flush button. Simply press the button with the tip of the key fob!
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Note: If you have made an attempt to start the vehicle without success, there may be residual pressure in the brake system and a new warning light may appear (left) or text message to Step on the Brake. Press the brake pedal very, very hard when trying to start the vehicle again to be sure that the release switch behind the pedal is engaged. Check out this page for more!