Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I find the emergency key?

asked by on

How do I find the emergency key?

If your car is equipped with the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) key fob, then you also have an emergency key. The RKE system allows you to unlock your vehicle without inserting a key, but it is electronically powered, which means that it will no longer work if the battery in your car is dead. The RKE transmitter can also malfunction, which will keep the keyless entry from working. In either of these events, you’ll need to locate the emergency key, which is located in the key fob.

To access the emergency key, open the mechanical latch at the top of the key fob, and pull out the emergency key.

The emergency key works just like a standard key.

Tip

It is a smart safety precaution to remove the emergency key from the key fob whenever you leave your key fob with someone, such as a valet service. That way, in the event of an emergency, you’ll be able to get in your vehicle as quickly as possible.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My smart key is working only at a distance of 6 inches even after the Change of battery And Reprogramming by the Suzuki. Why?

Hi there. The transponder in the key has become defective and is not working correctly with the bluetooth technology. I recommend replacing the smart key with a new one from the dealership.

Q: How do the Illuminated Entry lights work?

Your car is equipped with an Illuminated Entry system that turns on the lights to provide better visibility when getting into the vehicle. Here’s how it works: When you use the remote to unlock the doors, the interior lights...

Q: How do I adjust the side view mirrors in a 2012 Dodge Ram?

You can control your side view mirrors with the side view switches, which are located on the control panel on the inside of the driver’s door. At the top of this control panel are two buttons, labeled “L” and “R”...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...