Category: Dumb Smart Keys

Issues caused by new key technology and some help.

GM Vehicles Now Have 17 Differing Back-up Start Pockets

While putting together a review of 2018 push button start models, we discovered that the new GMC Terrain and Acadia had been added, and that this was introduced in the Acadia in 2017. Advertisement In addition, these two models have hidden key holes, like those used by Chevrolet. But what struck us was that the …

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Tesla Model S and Model X Dead Key Fob Help: Part II, Getting Started

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Starting Your Tesla Model S or Model X The start process is the same in each Model. However, this will take patience, so please stay with it. Advertisement In general, the key fob needs to be placed in proximity of the front of the center console in order to be recognized by the car. Note …

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Tesla Model S and Model X Dead Key Fob Help: Part I, Getting In

Tesla Wiper Spot

Getting into Your Tesla Model S There are two back up entry versions for the Model S depending on when it was built. It is unclear where the exact separation is, so try them both. Note that Tesla uses an all electronic system, and so there is no hard key and corresponding key cylinder available …

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U.S. Cars Sold Overseas Leave Drivers in the Dark

Malibu console

Over the last several months we have been contacted by two drivers of U.S. cars sold and likely built overseas who could not find a back-up spot to drop the key fob in the event of the fob’s battery dying. Well, a good deal of sleuthing and a hunch resolved one of these cases. First, …

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A Tale of Three Fobs, or, How Tech Don’t Travel

We had a very interesting week in late May, where three different drivers and cars came before us with little clue as to how their respective push button start models worked. A better argument for standardization has never been made. First, we met a young woman who had recently bought a pre-owned push-button start Hyundai. …

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