Getting into Your Mitsubishi
Retrieving the mechanical key
Mitsubishi came up with a whole new name for a smart key. It is called the Free-hand Advanced Security Transmitter key or FAST key. Despite the inflated name, it works pretty much like everyone else’, with a couple of twists at start time. It begins with a mechanical or emergency key.
To retrieve it, slide the release lever located on the reverse side of the FAST key and pull out the mechanical key. It can then be inserted into the lock cylinder at the back of the driver’s door handle and turned to unlock the car. So far so good…
Starting Your Mitsubishi
Starting the car is a three step process however, and it starts with slipping the back end of the mechanical key into the FAST key! It will then look like the illustration and the feel of a more traditional ignition key.
This assembled key (above right) will be needed to turn the ignition (IG) switch, which is located under the knob on the steering column normally used to start the car. When the key elements are assembled, the transponder is close enough to the switch’s antenna module to be recognized. The module supplies the power when the key’s battery is discharged.
Remove the ignition knob cover (above right) and insert the emergency key into the now exposed lock cylinder (right). The vehicle can now be started in a traditional key-start manner by turning the key. See the illustrations.
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!