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 keyess 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 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. 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 DashboardSymbols.com 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 yourself and your loved ones with our Dead Key FOB Mobile App, an exclusive at DashboardSymbols.com exclusive. Search “Dead Key FOB” at your phone’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 App 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, Jaguar, Lexus, VW and Volvo models. We are currently adding models from BMW, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai and Kia to the app, but you can find them on these pages. Then we’ll show you over 30 distinct starting variations. No industry standardization here. None!
In the meantime, here’s an overview in alphabetical order.
BMW / Mini
Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep
Ford / Lincoln
General Motors (Chevrolet / Cadillac / Buick)
Honda / Acura
Hyundai / Kia
Nissan / Infiniti
Toyota / Lexus / Scion
VW / Audi