Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge Dead Key Fob Help: Part I, Getting Started

Starting Your Fiat Chrysler Vehicle

In Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles built prior to 2009 and using the rectangular-tipped key, the Engine Start / Stop button must be removed from the ignition switch for key fob use. With the ignition in the Lock position, insert the metal part of the emergency key (or a finger nail!) under the chrome button (above right) and gently pry the button loose. It comes away very easily. Note that the button itself appears to float Chrysler key slotjust above the dash.

Insert the rectangular tip of the key fob into the exposed ignition switch slot and turn the key to start and operate.


For models built after 2010 using the rounded key and including Fiat models, place the
Chrysler Emergency Start Two“nose” side (side opposite of the mechanical key) of the Key Fob against the Start / Stop ignition button (left) and push to operate the ignition switch.


Do NOT try to remove this button! We have actually seen an owners manual citing the older key and button. Do NOT remove the flush button. Simply press the button with the tip of the key fob!

We have several videos here that will help.

Use Brake IndicatorNote: 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!


* Keep these instructions with you in our Dead Key FOB App. Search “Dead Key FOB” at your device’s store or click here.

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