Print this Page

Dead Key Fobs

Key Not Detected IndicatorModern 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 fobkey_warning_symbol_2 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 30+ back-up options to start a keyless ignition vehicle? Do you know the one that works in your car??

Adding insult to injury is the fact that eleven manufacturers have chosen to hide the key hole in some models for the sake of appearance. They are Audi, Jaguar, Lexus, Volkswagen and Volvo, and following this sad trend recently are BMW, Ford, GM (Chevrolet and Cadillac), Hyundai and Kia. And they add models seemingly every year! Another manufacturer, the now bankrupt Fisker, has a driver open the car from the passenger side!

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 we think you deserve better. So, here’s some help, by vehicle manufacturer, since they are all different – sometimes between models from the same manufacturer!

Better yet, before “Key Not Detected” appears on your instrument panel, arm Tahoe Escalade Suburban back-upyourself and your loved ones with our Dead Key FOB Mobile App, an exclusive at Search “Dead Key FOB” at your device’s store or click here.

The app includes instructions and illustrations for getting into and starting a keyless, or push-button, start car from 13 manufacturers.  The Dead Key FOB GM Lock Cover RemoveApp will first show you 13 variations for retrieving the standard ‘hard’ key (and there is a hard key) and six different ways to get in – including getting past the hidden keyholes in Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Lexus, VW and Volvo models. Then we’ll show you over 30 distinct starting variations. No industry standardization here. None!

We will soon be adding instructions for Mitsubishi and Subaru as well as massive Ford and GM updates to the app (these last two each now have a dozen starting variations!!!), but you can find them on these pages.

So, there are instructions here in alphabetical order. Click here for video help.

BMW / Mini
Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep
Ford / Lincoln
General Motors (Chevrolet / Cadillac / Buick)
Honda / Acura
Hyundai / Kia
Nissan / Infiniti
Toyota / Lexus / Scion
VW / Audi

Permanent link to this article:

Get a Tire Price Quote Instantly at Firestone.

Video Help

Here are videos showing us getting into (# 1) and starting (# 2) a push button start car with a key fob that has gone dead. This particular car has a hidden key hole. We’ve also added another (#3) to help you get past the “Step on the Brake” message you may end up seeing. …

View page »

Inside door release

Getting Out!

That’s right, getting out. Two previous posts on the topic, including one that sadly involved a death, has led to the need for this page. Changes in interior lock positioning and new electronic locks have caused difficulties for drivers everywhere. So, as we run across unusual and non-intuitive lock releases, we will add them here. …

View page »