Getting into Your Honda or Acura
Retrieving the mechanical key
Honda and Acura build a mechanical key into the key fob (remote control or ‘clicker’). There are three styles.
One (above right) has a release button near the gap for a key ring, and is used for Acura models. Another (left), also used by Acura, uses a sliding button near the top of the mechanical key itself. The third one (lower right), found on Honda key fobs, uses a slide button just on the main body of the remote control.
To remove mechanical key, pull it out while pressing the Acura release button or sliding the Honda release button. To reinstall the built-in key, push the key into the remote until it clicks. Use the mechanical key to unlock the driver’s door.
After using the mechanical key, return it to the electronic key fob. The key fob itself may require the mechanical key to be present to operate.
Starting Your Honda or Acura
There are three methods for starting a Honda or Acura vehicle. In older Acuras, there is a cover on the ignition switch that must be removed. This will allow the use of the mechanical key built into the key fob. To remove the ignition switch cover, slip the built-in key into the parallel slot underneath the cover. Push the key in while pull it towards you at the same time and the cover will come off. Once the cover is removed, the mechanical key can be inserted and turned to start the vehicle.
In later model Acuras, there is a slot for the remote control (key fob) to the left and below the Start / Stop button. Insert the remote and use the Start / Stop button to start the vehicle as normal.
Note that in these later model Acuras, there is a keyless access remote system main switch that may be turned off. The vehicle will start with the remote in its slot as described.
To start a Honda or a newer Acura lacking the slot, touch the “H” in the Honda logo or the “A” in the Acura logo on the remote control to the Start / Stop button until the small indicator light in the button begins to flash. For the next 30 seconds, the vehicle can be started using the Start / Stop button normally. You can also simply press the Start / Stop button with the remote control itself, while stepping on the brake of course.
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!
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