THE 90’s and early 2000’s saw a shift from physical car keys to wireless fobs.
The switch has been convenient for many… except when the battery dies.
Wireless fobs last about three to four years, giving us plenty of time to plan ahead.
Most remote control fobs are designed to work with low batteries.
And even if we somehow end up with a dead keychain, here are some tips and tricks for starting the engine and getting to work via Motor Biscuit.
Since each automaker has different methods, you must read the owner’s manual for specific instructions.
Here are some common ways to start your car when your battery is completely dead:
Inside the key fob with remote control is a hidden silver key.
Most key fobs come with a physical key that you can easily pull out by clicking a small button.
If the keyhole isn’t visible on the door, it may be in a hidden compartment behind the door handle.
Once you open the car with the physical key, additional steps are required to start the engine according to The Family Handyman.
Use the key slot in the steering column to start the car.
Alternatively, reinsert the physical key into the fob and use it to press the START button.
Some cars may have a hidden area – for example in the cup holder – where the key fob can be inserted to start the engine.
Many car manufacturers have this backup system to start engines with a dead battery.
Use this method if reducing the distance between the fob and the vehicle by standing closer than usual does not work when the fob battery is low.
FordPass Connect, the myChevrolet mobile app, the MyMazda app and the Toyota app allow drivers to access their cars within their apps.
If you downloaded your car’s app, you can most likely use a remote key system to open your car.
If you don’t have your key fob or app installed, your best bet is to call roadside assistance.
Check with your insurance company beforehand whether you are insured.
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