Keyless entry car keys are becoming commonplace on most new cars. The idea is very simple. The car has an electronic keyfob supplied with it. Unlike a conventional car key, it doesn’t have a metal blade that is visible. Therefore, all the owner needs to do is walk up to the car and it will sense that the key is close by.
The car will automatically unlock allowing entry, without the need for the owner to press any buttons. Can it get any easier?
Well yes it does, because unlike a conventional car key, the owner doesn’t even need to take the key fob out of their pocket or handbag. The car senses that the owner is inside the car and they just need to press a button.
On paper, these are really clever, attractive features that make life very easy. However, these features come at a cost, far beyond that of the key fob.
Every week we hear stories and meet people who are having problems with keyless entry car keys. This is to be expected, given that we handle lots of problems with traditional keys. However, when the problems arise with key-less cars, often no-one knows what to do, simply because the idea is new and there is a lack of general experience.
There are also some serious security issues that we will talk about in another blog, but for now here is the most common problem.
Ford keyless entry car keys. Where’s the key?
This type of fob is now very common, among models such as Ford Focus, Fiesta, Mondeo, B-Max, C-Max, Galaxy and Kuga. There are many thousands of these on the roads and yet most of the owners we meet are not shown how to handle a few simple problems, such as :-
Help – I left my lights on, the battery is flat and now I’m locked out. How do I get back in?
Inside the fob should be a small key blade.
By squeezing the edge of the key-fob, a cover pops open and it exposes the blade. This blade is then inserted into the lock and a slot in the key-fob is used to turn the blade.
So hopefully that’s helpful. It’s also really important to check that you have a blade in your key-fob. Many people find out it’s missing, just when they need it the most. We can supply and cut these if you need further help.