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How to start a Hyundai with a dead key fob?

Here’s How to Start Any Hyundai with a Dead Key FOB

Have a dead Smart Key fob? Can’t get your vehicle started? Well, don’t worry! There’s a failsafe built into each Hyundai vehicle to make sure you can still get where you need to go.

Here’s how to start your Hyundai vehicle, no matter which model year it is, with a dead Smart Key fob.


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2 Different Ways to Start a Hyundai with a Dead FOB

There are two different ways to start your Hyundai with a dead key fob, depending on which model year you have.

Fix 1: Use the back or end of the dead key fob to push the Start button while pressing the brake.

Applicable Models: Some 2013-2015 Hyundai models; all 2016 or newer Hyundai models

Fix 2: Insert dead key fob with buttons facing up into Smart Key slot (locations listed below) and push the Start button while pressing the brake.

Applicable Models: Some 2013-2015 Hyundai models; all 2013 or older Hyundai models with Smart Key

Smart Key Slot Locations: These slots are located in one of three locations: 1. the front of the center console; 2. behind a panel directly underneath the infotainment control knob; 3. on the left side of the glovebox when it’s opened.

2021 Tucson wireless charging pad

If you have one of the Hyundai models with an active Hyundai Digital Key subscription and a compatible Android smartphone (this feature is unavailable on iPhones, due to them lacking the specific technology needed), then all you have to do to start your vehicle is place the phone on the wireless charging pad, press the brake, and push the Start button.

Still Not Starting?

If neither of these fixes worked for you, then something may be wrong with your vehicle. We recommend scheduling an appointment as soon as is convenient. And don’t forget to check our service specials to make sure you’re getting the lowest prices!