Thank goodness Ford did something right with keys. We’ve written at length about floppy key blades, dodgy transponder chips and keyless keys not detected. The great news is that by using the Ford keyless emergency start method, you can still get home!
With tiny electronics crammed into your Ford keyless key, once it’s been dropped a few times, the clock is ticking. The car won’t detect the key close by, and it won’t do anything when you press the start button. You’ll also get a warning message.
The reason you have a back up system is that once the smart key stops being so clever, you need a way to use the car. The Ford keyless emergency start method will get the car running. Place the keys in the correct place, and the car picks up the key signal. Then you put the key back in your pocket as usual and book yourself in an appointment with the garage your local Auto Locksmith, to get it looked at.
Where is the Ford Keyless Emergency Start position?
Different Ford models have different methods of starting the car. The spot is normally marked with a key symbol that will help you find it.
Ford Focus 2015 Ford Keyless Emergency Start Position
In between the front seats is a compartment for CD’s etc. It also has an audio jack. You must place the key on top of the symbol at the bottom of the compartment.
Ford Fiesta 2015 Ford Keyless Emergency Start Position
Imagine you were putting a normal car key into the ignition, this is where you need to place your keyless key.
Ford C-Max 2014 Ford Keyless Emergency Start Position
The Ford C-Max has a key slot that is hidden behind a round cover. Again, it’s the same place as the ignition lock would normally be.
You must slide the key into the slot before you can start the car.
If in doubt, look at the manual. Better still, find out where the Ford keyless emergency start position is BEFORE you have a problem.
I found it! What next?
The key must be held close to the sensor on the car so it will read the transponder chip.
Next, keeping the key still, press the button on the dashboard as you normally do and press the clutch in on newer models. When the key is in the correct place, the car will start.
Do I need a new key battery inside the key?
No. The whole point of the Ford keyless emergency start system is that it doesn’t matter if the key battery is flat or even missing!
That’s it! You car should be running even though you’d normally have the message ‘Key not detected’. We recommend finding someone to change the key battery for you, or take a look at our video if you want too do it yourself.