Lincoln Dead Key Fob Help: Part II, Getting Started

Starting Your Lincoln

Lincoln vehicles employ far too many backup methods, with new variations added seemingly each year. For full- and mid-size vehicles, insert the Intelligent Access key in the backup slot, located in the glove box, the center console, or in or under the cup holders, depending on the model.

We have a video help for most of the options here.

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The backup slot for full- and mid-size vehicles is the same as that used for key programming. In all cases, the slots do not look at all obvious, except that they are the proper size for the Intelligent Access key.

After inserting the key into the backup slot, use the Start / Stop ignition button and brake pedal to start your vehicle as usual. The vehicle should respond normally as long as the Intelligent Access key is in the slot.

Once the vehicle is started, the key can be removed from the backup slot, if you wish. But first, you will need to locate the slot.

Locating the Back-up Slot

Lincoln MKS backupThe Lincoln MKS is unique in using the glove box as the location for the backup slot. It is to the far right side under the glove box door, and may be difficult to reach. Slip the Intelligent Access key down into the slot with buttons facing out and with key ring up or out. See the image.

After inserting the key, use the Start / Stop ignition button and brake pedal to start your vehicle as usual. Once the vehicle is started, the key can be removed from the backup slot, if you wish.

The backup slot is located in the center console in the Lincoln MKC, MKT, MKX and Navigator. The exact location will vary somewhat. Most consoles are filled with stuff, so you may need to dig a bit.

New MKX slotIn 2016, the back up slot in the Lincoln MKX is moved to the bottom of the center console. There will be a visible depression in the console’s floor the shape of the key fob. Place the fob in the depression with the buttons up and key ring end facing forward. Then start the vehicle as normal. See below for earlier models.

Ford Lincoln Console backupIn the Lincoln Navigator the Intelligent Access key slot is to the rear or the side of the console and points up. The key is slipped in vertically or horizontally depending on the slot’s shape, with the buttons facing out, as in the image shown.

After inserting the key, use the Start / Stop ignition button and brake pedal to start your vehicle as usual. If it fails to start, turn the fob so that the buttons face back and try again. Once the vehicle is started, the key can be removed from the backup slot, if you wish.

You will find a video of the process here that will help.

Ford Lincoln Front Console backupIn Lincoln MKT, MKZ Hybrid (2013) and new (2017) Continental models, the slot is found near the Auxiliary, USB and power ports in the center console, like the one shown. The Intelligent Access key is slipped in with the buttons facing out and the key ring up (in one vehicle we tested, the vehicle started with the buttons facing either direction).

After inserting the key, use the Start / Stop ignition button and brake pedal to start your vehicle as usual. Once the vehicle is started, the key can be removed from the backup slot, if you wish.

Lincoln Front Console backupIn the Lincoln MKC and MKX (through 2015), the backup slot is to the front of center console, also found near the Auxiliary, USB and power ports, as shown. The Intelligent Access key is slipped in with the buttons facing out and the key ring up. The slot is impossible to see and you may want to feel for the ribbing at the bottom of the slot.

After inserting the key, use the Start / Stop ignition button and brake pedal to start your vehicle as usual. Once the vehicle is started, the key can be removed from the backup slot, if you wish.

Mustang MKZ backupNew in the 2014 Lincoln MKZ and MKZ Hybrid the backup slot is hidden under one of the cup holders.

A rubber mat at the bottom of the cup holders will need to be removed (A) to expose the slot (B), as shown. Of course any cups will have to come out too! Look for a tab towards the front or the side of the mat to grab and pull (gently!)*.

*Important: If you do not find a pull tab, do try removing the mat. Simply place the key fob in the rear cup holder and start the car as normal.

After inserting the key fob, buttons facing the back of the car, in the exposed slot, use the Start / Stop ignition button and brake pedal to start your vehicle as usual. Once the car is started, the Intelligent Access key can be removed and the mat, and any cups, replaced.

Note: If you have made an attempt to start any of these vehicles 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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* Keep these instruction with you in our Dead Key FOB App. Search “Dead Key FOB” at your device’s store or click here.

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