How to Start My Hyundai With a Dead Smart Key?

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The Hyundai Smart Key is a recent innovation in the Hyundai line of vehicles. The key is "smart" because it's able to remotely connect to your vehicle and start it automatically without the use of a physical key. This is convenient for a host of drivers who are in a hurry and just don't want the extra hassle of sticking a key in an ignition to make the vehicle go. Thanks to Hyundai's genius, you can use a Smart Key. Unfortunately, sometimes you're faced with a dead Smart Key. Usually your smart key performs a variety of remote functions: Locking and unlocking doors, starting the vehicle, opening the trunk, and initiating a panic button. When it's dead, it's dead, though, so what do you do?

How To Start A Hyundai With a Dead Smart Key

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If your smart key is dead, you can still start your car. That's the good news. And the even better news is that there are a ton of ways - 6 in all - that you can use to start your car if the Smart Key is dead.

  • Insert into Smart Key holder and press start/stop ignition button while pushing down on the brake
  • Press start/stop ignition button while depressing the brake, with no insertion of the key into the Smart Key Holder (this works on some newer models)

The first option has a variety of different paths to success because the Smart Key holder will be in a different location in different models. For some, the holder is in the center console while in others it's in the glove box. It's important to read your manual and locate your Smart Key holder, because for some models it will be the key to starting your vehicle when your Smart Key is dead. Of course, the easiest way to start your vehicle will be to always make sure that your Smart Key is up and running, and if it isn't, get a new one immediately.

What If it's Not Working?

Hyundai has given you several options for getting your Hyundai up and running even when the Smart Key is dead. If you have any more questions about how to use your Smart Key in a specific model, just drop us an email or give us a call. We'll help you get up and running again.