How do I use the electronic key properly?
Your car’s electronic key is very convenient, allowing you to lock or unlock the doors with the touch of a button, or just by touching the door handle. However, there are situations where it might not work correctly and you need to know the proper way to use the key. Don’t worry – it’s not that complicated. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do:
Keep the key with you and make sure you’re close enough to the car for it to work (less than 2.5 feet).
Don’t hold the electronic key too close to the car or it won’t detect correctly.
Only keep the key in your pocket when operating the start/stop system. Don’t put it on the instrument panel, in the glove box, on the floorboards or anywhere else.
Don’t leave the key near the door pockets.
If the key is within range, anyone can lock or unlock the doors.
If the key is near the window but outside the car, the engine may be able to be started.
Wearing gloves while attempting to unlock the door from outside with the handle may not work even with the key in the correct position.
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