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Q: How do I start the engine?

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How do I start the engine?

If your car has an integrated mechanical key and remote, you’ll need to know how to use that key to crank the engine. It’s not all that complicated, but here’s the rundown of what you need to do:

  1. Make sure the parking brake is set

  2. Make sure the transmission is in park

  3. Put your foot on the brake

  4. Insert the key into the ignition

  5. Turn it to start. Release it when the engine cranks

  6. With your foot on the brake, disengage the parking brake

  7. Put the car in drive

  8. Press the gas and drive

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