General Motors Dead Key Fob Help: Part II, Getting Started

Starting Your GM Vehicle

GM vehicles use three different style keys, which direct currently seventeen different start procedures or locations. They are all here, and you can find some videos here

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Inside door releaseThe Coupes made by GM will show up early in this list: the Chevrolet Corvette (C6 and C7), and the Cadillac CTS and SRX. 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. Pull it up and the door will open. There’s another on the passenger side for that door.

GM back up start 11With Style 1 key fob, used in most GM vehicles prior to 2014, and in some Cadillac CTS Coupes and Sedans ongoing, place the transmitter in the transmitter pocket at the top and rear of the center console storage area with the buttons facing towards the front of the vehicle (right). With the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop button to start the vehicle as you would normally.

GM start 2In the Cadillac SRX, the transmitter pocket is located at the bottom of the console storage area (right). The new CT5 crossover uses this location as well, but using the Style 3 key fob. The spot may be beneath a storage tray, which must be lifted out, or at least beneath all the stuff that has gathered inside. Then insert the transmitter with the buttons facing up is and with the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal.

GM start 3In Chevrolet 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.

With the Style 2 (rounded) key fob, the mechanical key remains attached to the fob, but several back-up locations are used. In the Buick Verano, Regal Verano Lacrosse Reagal back-upand pre-2014 Lacrosse, remove the cup holder from the center console storage area and place the transmitter in the transmitter pocket with the buttons facing up (right). Look for a notch at the top rear of the cup holders to insert a finger or a tool. Note that the console area will look different from model to model, but the pocket is indeed beneath the cup holders. Then, with the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal.

Camaro slotPush button 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.

2014 Lacrosse back-upFor the Lacrosse in 2014, the transmitter pocket is moved into the storage area inside the armrest near the auxiliary power, USB and audio ports (right). Place the transmitter in the pocket and 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 Chevrolet 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. The pocket for the fob or transmitter is beneath the pad 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 Chevrolet 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 2A new key style, Style 3, was introduced in 2014. It features a removable key like the Style 1. The 2017 Cruze gets the new key and a new back up location. The Buick Encore and Envision crossovers use 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.

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

CTS SRX back-up In the Cadillac ELR Coupe and some CTS Sedans and Wagons, locate the transmitter pocket in the front of the console, as shown to the right. A rubber mat needs to be removed to access the pocket. Place the transmitter in the pocket, buttons facing up, and with the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal.

XTS PocketIn the Cadillac XTS, the transmitter pocket is found in the front of the center console storage area. A storage tray may have to be lifted out. Place the transmitter in the pocket with the key ring up and the buttons facing out. See the image below. With the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal. Check out the video here.

ATS STS back-upIn Cadillac ATS, the transmitter pockets are located in the face of the front of the inside of the center console, similar to or as shown to the right. Slide the transmitter into the pocket with the key ring facing out and buttons up. With the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal.

The large SUV’s from GM, the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon 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. The pocket in the Escalade is placed to the center and a bit lower. 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.

Terrain back up spotThe GMC Terrain small crossover SUV got its first taste of keyless ignition in the 2018 model. Like the new Chevy Cruze, the back up location is in a cup holder. But they are side by side (right) and the left side cup holder is used. As always, face the buttons up and with the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and the Start / Stop ignition button as normal.

Malibu Impala back-upAnd finally, in Chevrolet Impala and Malibu sedans and the GMC Acadia crossover, the pocket for the transmitter is located in the face of the rear of the inside of the center console pointing rearward. Slide the transmitter into the pocket with the key ring facing out, and the buttons up. 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!

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General Motors Dead Key Fob Help: Part I, Getting In

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