Honda / Acura Dead Key Fob Help

Getting into Your Honda or Acura

Retrieving the mechanical key

Honda and Acura build a mechanical key into the key fob (remote control or Acura Key Style 1‘clicker’). There are three different but similar key fob styles. The first one has a release button near the gap for a key ring, and is used for Acura models.

Acura Key Style 2The second key fob, also used by Acura, uses a sliding button near the top of the mechanical key itself. The third one, found on Honda key fobs, uses a slide button just on the main body of the remote control. See the image below.


To remove mechanical key, pull it out while pressing the Acura release button Honda Mechanical Keyor 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

Acura Ignition CoverThere 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.

Acura Remote SlotIn later model Acuras (newest models are below), 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.


Honda Start TouchTo start a Honda and the newest Acura models 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 Engine Start Operation Indicatormessage 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!

Finally, we do have some video help for you.


* Keep these instructions with you in our Dead Key FOB App. Search “Dead Key FOB” at your device’s store or click here.

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