Chevrolet Dead Key Fob Help: Part II, Getting Started

Starting Your Chevrolet

Chevrolet uses all three of the key fob styles made by General Motors. There are also way too many ways back up start variations, but we have them all here. And you can find a whole lot of videos here.

Inside door releaseHere’s the deal: Buckle up, find your model, and if your start battery is still good, we’ll get you underway…

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The Coupes made by GM will show up early in this list, including the Corvette (C6 and C7 models). So, note immediately that the latches are electronic and if the main 12-volt battery is dead and you’ve closed the door, the lever to the right is your only escape. You will find it below the door on the floor where you would expect to find a trunk release (right). Pull it up and the door will open. There’s another on the passenger side for that door.

The Style 1 key fob is used in most GM vehicles prior to 2014. GM start 3In Corvette models built before 2014 (C6), the pocket is on the left of the inside of the glove box. Place the transmitter in the pocket with the buttons facing the glove box storage area (right). Then, with the vehicle in P (Park) or N (Neutral), press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal.

In the 2014 (C7) Corvette, the transmitter pocket is moved to the right side of the steering column, as shown to the left. Place the Corvette start 2transmitter in the pocket with the buttons facing up. Again, with the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal. Find a helpful video here.

The Style 2 (rounded “flip key”) key fob, and Style 3 fob, rounded with a built in key, take over from here.

Camaro slotPush button or keyless start is introduced to the Camaro in 2016. It also uses the cup holder as a back up slot, but to their credit, Chevrolet made this one simple. Make sure there is nothing, particularly coins, in the rear cup holder, and simply drop the fob into it. The car will recognize the key and a press of the brake pedal and Start / Stop ignition button will have you on your way.

Impala back up slotThe Impala uses a back up pocket located in the front of the center console (right). The model is using the Style 2 flip key thus far through 2018. Drop transmitter into the pocket with the key ring up and the buttons facing out. With the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal.

Look for video help here.

With the first generation Volt, open the instrument panel GM start 5storage area located above the infotainment screen and remove the rubber mat. Extend the key blade and place the blade into the slot (right).

With the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the POWER button on the center stack to start the vehicle.

Starting with model year 2016, the back-up location for the Volt is Volt fob pocketmoved to the center console, as shown. The rubber mat at the bottom of the console will need to be removed, and so anything actually in the console.

This is also the location used by the new Bolt EV, although it is beneath a pull-out tray.

The pocket for the fob or transmitter is beneath the pad or tray and to the front. It is also roughly the shape of the fob. Place the fob in the pocket and with the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the POWER button on the center stack to start the vehicle. We have a video of the process here.

GM start 6The last Style 2 key back-up start option belongs to the Cruze. You must remove the plastic trim piece from the small storage area next to the accessory power outlet near the front of the console. Extend the key blade and insert it into the transmitter slot (right). With the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal.

Check out the video here.

Cruze back up spot 2 The 2017 Cruze gets the new key and a new back up location. The Chevy Sonic uses this spot as well. Simply drop the key fob into the front cup holder, buttons up, and start the car as normal.

Check out a videos for all these models here.

The large SUV’s from GM, including the Tahoe and Suburban, feature a transmitter Tahoe Escalade Suburban back-uppocket also located in the face of the front of the inside of the center console. However, the pocket points down, as shown to the right. Slide the transmitter into the pocket with the key ring facing out, buttons forward (in the Suburban we had on hand, the engine started with the buttons facing either way). It is a loose fit, so don’t be concerned. With the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal. Check out the video here.

Malibu Impala back-upIn Malibu sedan, the pocket for the transmitter is located in the face of the rear of the inside of the center console. Slide the transmitter into the pocket with the key ring facing out, and the buttons up (or however it will fit!). With the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal.

And we have a video of the process here.

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!

… Return to Part I

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