Modern push button ignition vehicles can be tricky to get into and start when the battery in the key fob, your car’s remote control or ‘clicker’, fails. And it likely will fail, far earlier than the old keyless entry fob, since the new technology requires that the fob be in constant radio contact with the car. When it fails, you will see an image like the one here or a text message like “Key Not Detected”.
Do you know the 40+ back-up options to start a keyless ignition vehicle? Do you know the one that works in your car?? We do, and we are likely the leading authority for back up entry and start processes for push button start vehicles with dead key fob batteries. Anywhere.
At least fifteen manufacturers have chosen to hide the key hole in some models for the sake of appearance. We have them here: Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo. And they add models seemingly every year.
Unfortunately, to the automotive industry this is a driver beware issue. You, the driver, are expected to learn any new system and have that knowledge at the ready when needed. Engineers and designers have clearly never talked a nervous driver through the process of prying off a piece of their vehicle and getting it started in the dead of night far from home. We have…
At DashboardSymbols.com we think you deserve better. So, here’s some help, by vehicle manufacturer, since they are nearly all different – sometimes between models from the same manufacturer! We have instructions and illustrations for getting into and starting a keyless, or push-button, start car from 31 manufacturers. There are over a dozen variations for retrieving the standard ‘hard’ key (and there is a hard key) and several different ways to get in – including getting past the hidden keyholes in well over a dozen models. Then we’ll show you over 40 distinct starting variations. No industry standardization here. None!
Download our Dead Key Fob app here and carry the instructions needed for vehicles from 26 manufacturers built before 2014 (the Android version has been updated!). More updated info on the 31 manufacturers is linked below in alphabetical order. Click here for our growing video library.
BMW / Mini
Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep
Ford / Lincoln
GM (Chevrolet / Cadillac / Buick / GMC)
Honda / Acura
Hyundai / Kia
Jaguar / Land Rover
Nissan / Infiniti
Toyota / Lexus / Scion
VW / Audi