Dead Key Fobs

Key Not Detected IndicatorModern push button ignition or keyless ignition vehicles are 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 fobkey_warning_symbol_2 attempt to be in constant radio contact with the car. When it fails, you will see an image like the ones here or a text message like “Key Not Detected”.


Do you know the 50+ back-up options to start a keyless ignition vehicle? Do you know the one that works in your car??  We do…


…and we are the leading authority for back up entry and start processes for keyless start vehicles with dead key fob batteries. Anywhere.

GM Lock Cover RemoveAt least fifteen manufacturers have chosen to hide the key hole or cylinder in some models for the sake of appearance, and one, Tesla, doesn’t use a key cylinder at all. We have them all here (see the links below): Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo, as well as Tesla. Most are adding models 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…

Tahoe Escalade Suburban back-upAt we think you deserve better. So, here’s the help you need, by vehicle manufacturer, since they are nearly all different – sometimes from model to model! We have instructions and illustrations for getting into and starting a keyless, or push-button, start car from 34 manufacturers.

There are over a dozen variations for retrieving the standard ‘hard’ key (and unless you drive a Tesla, 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 have over 50 distinct starting variations and we’ll show you the one you need. No industry standardization here. None!

All they are all included here, linked below by manufacturer in alphabetical order.

— BMW / Mini
— Buick
— Cadillac
— Chevrolet
— FCA (Fiat / Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep)
— Ford
— Honda / Acura
— Hyundai / Kia
— Jaguar / Land Rover
— Karma
— Lincoln
— Maserati
— Mazda
— Mercedes-Benz
— Mitsubishi
— Nissan / Infiniti
— Porsche
— Subaru
— Suzuki
— Toyota / Lexus / Scion
— Volvo
— VW / Audi

Download our Dead Key Fob app here and carry the instructions needed for vehicles from all 33 manufacturers shown built before 2017. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.

In the meantime, we’ve added several 2017 models to the links above. Click here to explore our growing video library.


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Video Help

We have an extensive and growing video library, most dedicated to helping you get in and get going if your key fob or remote control battery dies. The first three are general overviews, followed by videos “keyed” to specific manufacturers and models, where applicable. To date, 235 videos and now nearly 4.3 million views. Advertisement …

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