We are developing a video library to help get you in and get going if your key fob dies. The first three are general overviews, followed by videos “keyed” to specific manufacturers and models, where applicable.
To date, 100+ videos and 954,000 total views.
Note: If you don’t find a video covering your make or model, click here to see text instructions, with images.
These first videos show us getting into and starting 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 to help you get past the “Step on the Brake” message you may end up seeing.
We used a friend’s Lexus to create the first few videos. Look below for links to additional videos specific to manufacturers and models.
** Click here for videos replacing batteries in key fobs from various manufacturers. Audi, BMW, Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, Ford, GM, Kia/Hyundai, Lexus, Nissan, Porsche, Volvo and Volkswagen fobs to date.
Ah, nothing like a hidden key hole to mess with a motorist’s head! And, yes, you will have to pry off a piece of your priceless automobile, but it is necessary and you won’t hurt it! Don’t lose the cap that covers the keyhole after you remove it.
The car we used here is a Lexus and the process will be similar in cars with hidden key holes made by Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Lexus, VW and Volvo. Note that we have since produced videos specific to many of those makes and models.
Starting the Car
To its credit, Lexus, and Toyota by extension, makes starting a car with a dead key fob very simple. One procedure for all of their models except for 2004 through 2009 Prius’. It will also work with late model vehicles from Jeep, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kia, Mazda (without an ignition switch cover on the column), Nissan and Subaru.
We added some generic instructions for other manufacturer’s vehicles. There are simply too many possibilities to show them all. Download our app (below) and keep the instructions with you.
The Brake Pedal Conundrum
If your push button start car doesn’t start the first time, you might see a warning to step on the brake, even if you are stepping on the brake! Here we discuss what has happened and how to get past it.
* Note: We have seen this in vehicles from Acura, Land Rover, Lexus, Mini and Toyota. We ‘confused’ a Nissan into the problem, but not an Infiniti. We have not been able to replicate this in Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Jeep, Maserati, Mercedes or VW models. We will continue to test additional vehicles as they come available.
Dead Key Fob Help for Specific Models and from Specific Manufacturers
We are assembling a library of videos with examples of back-up procedures from individual manufacturers and, where we can, specific models. We are particularly focused on models with hidden key holes.
Follow the links to individual posts, as noted.
We have a six videos available, demonstrating the manufacturer’s two back-up options, plus hidden key holes in BMWs, another in a Mini and fob battery replacement.
We have seven videos demonstrating the manufacturer’s two back-up options and fob battery replacement.
Ford has a number of differing methods for getting in and starting their cars,12 actually. So far, we have 10 videos available, covering back up entry and start procedures in the most common Ford and Lincoln models and fob battery replacement. We can get you past any hidden keyhole.
GM has a different method for nearly every model made. To date, we have fifteen videos available covering back up entry and start procedures in the most Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC models and fob battery replacement. We can get you past any of the three different hidden keyholes.
Two videos thus far covering the newest and simplest back up entry and start procedure and the replacement of the battery in a common key fob.
There are several back up start methods and we have seven videos covering back up entry and start procedures in the most Hyundai, Kia and Genesis models and fob battery replacement. We can get you past the hidden keyholes.
Thus far we have a two video with help for 2015 and later Land Rovers. The back up entry procedure might offer some help getting into late model Jaguars, while the fob battery replacement covers models from both manufacturers.
We had access to a 2015 Maserati Ghibli, and while we haven’t been able to verify it, we think the method shown for the Ghibli will work with other late model push button start Maseratis. Certainly nothing will be harmed by trying it!
Three videos available to help with Mazda entry and start procedures, including one featuring the standardized starting method begun with 2014 models.
Mercedes-Benz keeps it simple with a single back up starting method across the board. But, the company has hidden the key hole in some models starting in 2015. We’ve covered the entry and start procedures and fob battery replacement in three videos.
Nissan also keeps it simple with two back up start processes, covered in one video. A second video will help you replace the battery in the key fob.
We have two videos, one getting into models with hidden key holes and another replacing the battery in a key fob.
Toyota Motors uses the same method across the board — unless you have a very early Prius, which we explain as well. Four total videos, including a newer Prius, the Lexus hidden key hole and key fob battery replacement.
Volvo, prior to the sale to its current Chinese owner, uses the same method across the board. We used a model with a hidden key hole and have another video replacing the battery in the key fob.
We now have nine videos demonstrating the manufacturers’ three back-up entry and start options. We have an Audi hidden key hole on a Q7 and demonstrated Volkswagen’s version as well. We’ve replaced the battery in the key fob in several different fob styles.
Replacing the Remote or Fob or Smart Key Battery
This page holds videos of us replacing batteries in key fobs from various manufacturers. So far we have videos for Audi (2), BMW (2), Chrysler/Jeep, Ford (2), GM, Hyundai/Kia (2), Lexus, Nissan, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo fobs.