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Dead Key FOB App

Dead Key FobSo, you have your key, but your car’s instrument panel says “Key Not Detected”. Or worse, your car is locked and getting in isn’t at all obvious. Now what? The Dead Key FOB Mobile App is your Back-up Plan, an instruction utility for vehicles from 31 manufacturers to help you get into your push button start car and get it underway when the battery in your key fob – the car’s remote control – goes flat.

And it will go flat. Likely sooner than you will be ready for. Why? Here’s the scoop…


The very nature of a keyless start system requires that the key fob attempt to be in constant radio contact with your vehicle. The end result the battery in your keyless start system’s key fob will be depleted in two years or less. We mean to help!

— Yes, your dealer can help – if they are open and you get the right person!
— And, yes, the instructions are in your owner’s manual – if you can find them. Give it a try! We’ll still be here after you’ve searched through 400 or 500 pages.
— Roadside assistance? About all they can offer is a tow truck…
— Do you ever borrow or rent a car???

Be prepared – before “Key Not Detected” appears on your instrument panel!

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— The Dead Key FOB App is currently available for iPhones, iPods and iPads as well as Android mobile phones and tablets.  Search “Dead Key FOB” at your device’s store or click an image above.

Getting inCar startAlso an exclusive of, the Dead Key FOB App will first show you over a dozen variations for retrieving the standard ‘hard’ key (and there is a hard key) and another dozen different ways to get in. And special attention to Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes, Mini, Porsche, Volkswagen  and Volvo owners: the keyhole may be hidden! Just to make the car look better! And the instructions to find are now locked in your car in your owner’s manual!

Worse, the auto industry has not standardized a way to start your car! So we’ll also show you over 40 distinct starting variations. We have six different methods for Hyundai and Kia vehicles while General Motors and Ford use a dozen each!

This is what car companies foist on the buying public and you are all supposed to figure this out on a cold dark night, on your own.

This is appalling to us, so we’ve done it for you. As long as you have your key, open the Dead Key FOB App, choose your manufacturer, get the instructions, and go…

  • Don’t get caught in the dark without this App!
  • Don’t borrow or rent a push-button start car without this App!
  • Don’t send your kids out in any push-button start car without this App! Or your parents!

The battery in your Key FOB will go dead, but there is a back-up plan! We can help.

The App holds text instructions and illustrations for keyless start systems from BMW (and Mini), Chrysler (with Dodge and Jeep), Ford (and Lincoln), General Motors (Chevrolet / Cadillac / Buick / GMC), Honda (and Acura), Hyundai (and Kia), Jaguar (and Land Rover), Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan (and Infiniti), Porsche (open only), Subaru, Toyota (with Lexus and Scion), Volkswagen (and Audi) and Volvo.**

As a bonus, we’ve included a full list of Roadside Assistance numbers you can dial directly from the App.

The App is a good-faith effort to find every possible option for getting in and starting a push-button start car with a Dead Key FOB.

You’ve downloaded lots of fun Apps – for your peace of mind, download something you can use. Today!

Note that we have updated information on this site and add manufacturers regularly.


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