Hyundai, Genesis and Kia Dead Key Fob Help: Part II, Getting Started

Starting Your Hyundai or Kia

Hyundai and Kia use no less than six different ways to start the vehicle if the Smart Key is weak or the Smart Key does not work correctly. However, the companies are migrating all their models to Style 6, smartly standardizing the process. Start there if you have a 2014 or later model.

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Kia/Hyun Start Style 1The Kia Forte, Sportage, and Sorento and Hyundai Sonata (prior to 2014) use Style 1. Insert the Smart Key in the Smart Key holder, which is a slot inside the center console, then press the Start / Stop ignition button while depressing the brake. To remove the Key, press it, then pull. Check out the video below.

Kia/Hyun Start Style 2The Kia Magentis also uses a slot in the center console in Style 2. Insert the Key and then press the Start / Stop ignition button while depressing the brake. To remove, press the Smart Key inward past the detent and then pull it outward.

Kia/Hyun Start Style 3The Hyundai Genesis, built before 2014, uses Style 3, which is a slot located behind a door above the shifter. Insert the Key and then press the Start / Stop ignition button while depressing the brake. To remove the Key, press it and then pull it out.

Kia/Hyun Start Style 4The Kia Optima (prior to 2014) and Soul and Hyundai Equus use Style 4, which is a slot in the glove box. The slot is a little higher in the Equus. Insert the Key and then press the Start / Stop ignition button while depressing the brake. To remove the Key, press it and then pull it out.

Kia/Hyun Start Style 5The Kia Borrego uses the Style 5 slot, which is in the dash just below the Start /Stop ignition button. Insert the Key and then press the Start / Stop button while depressing the brake. To remove the Key, press it and then pull it out.

Kia/Hyun Start Style 6And finally the Kia Rio, Sorento (lacking a slot in the console), Cadenza and Optima (2014 and on) and Hyundai Elantra, Veloster, Azera, Sonata (after 2014) and Genesis (after 2014) and the entire independent Genesis line use Style 6, which does not use a slot. Simply press the Start / Stop ignition button with the Smart Key while depressing the brake to start the vehicle. Going forward, all updated models from Kia and Hyundai use this method.

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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!

Video Help

Click here for videos to walk you through the processes.

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

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