Hyundai, Genesis and Kia Dead Key Fob Help: Part I, Getting In

Getting into Your Hyundai or Kia

Retrieving the mechanical key

For a Hyundai, Genesis and Kia, press and hold the release button at the key ring end of hyundai Mechanical Keythe remote control or ‘clicker’ and pull the key ring to remove mechanical key. Use the key to unlock the driver’s door.

Newer version key fobs are available from all three car makers. They look very similar and operate in the same way. Press and hold the release button which is on the back and near the top of the remote control and pull the key ring to remove the mechanical key.


Use the key to unlock the driver’s door.

Hidden Keyholes

Starting with the 2014 Kia Cadenza and K900, the Hyundai Genesis, and the new independent Genesis line, these manufacturers have also adopted the hidden keyhole Kia Keyhole Covertrick. The Kia Optima and Sportage were added in 2016 and more will likely be added. Finding the keyhole is similar to those of other makers. As shown in the image to the left, press the mechanical key into the slot found under the cover at the back of the driver’s door handle (1) and pry or pull forward and up (2).


Pulling the cap while holding upward pressure will work best.

And yes, you must pull a piece of your car off, but its ok! The cover will come off exposing the keyhole.

Afterwards, the cover can be pressed back on, but your immediate concern is getting into your car.

Also, check our videos for additional help.

Continue to Part II, Getting Started …


* 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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