Remote starting cars are greatly convenient. But those remote starts can also die. Here’s what to do if you get stuck.
Did your car key ever die? Could be you never had this issue, but when it happens it’s a nightmare, you could be anywhere and have no way to turn on your car. It happened to me in Meron (on a hot day!) a few years back with a rented car, and the rental company gave us a three-hour wait to send a service! It took us one hour of waiting to figure it out.
To get into the car is easy, you can usually get into your car by using the manual key inside the electric key – called a fob – to open the door, but most cars do not have a slot to turn on the car with a manual key. Luckily, there is something you can do, besides waiting a few hours for service!
Place the dead fob on the start button, and push! Some cars require you to hold it there a few seconds and then you can push the start button, or push the brakes.
Once you get back home, drive to a hardware store and you can buy a replacement battery. Most fobs last 2-4 years, so it shouldn’t happen too often.
Want to be extra safe? You can order a spare battery and keep it in your car. Opening a fob is usually simple, and you can pop out the old battery, though some models require a screwdriver.