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Starting with dead smart key battery.

I couldn't find this addressed in detail in the owner's manual. If the smart key battery is dead, obviously you can enter the car with the key slot in the door handle, but how does it work when you put the key fob in the console holder? Is it like an RFID tag, where the car can communicate with the key fob even though the battery is dead?

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It is in the manual. I think there's also a post describing it here...somewhere.

There's a slot in the center console between front seats. List the cover and you should see it near the front of the storage space. You place the key in there to power it.

Haven't tried it or needed to try it yet.

Let us know if it worked or any issues/tips.
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It is in the manual. I think there's also a post describing it here...somewhere.

There's a slot in the center console between front seats. List the cover and you should see it near the front of the storage space. You place the key in there to power it.

Haven't tried it or needed to try it yet.

Let us know if it worked or any issues/tips.

It's not the key that goes in the little slot, it's the transmitter that goes there.
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Yes, I am aware of the compartment in the center console which receives the transmitter. However, when the transmitter battery is dead, how does the car know that you placed the transmitter in the holder?
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It's an electrical connection when you put it in the slot. Try it.
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Oops! That's what I meant
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Battery replacement:

I think the removable key can be used to pry the case open. Buy the battery locally (no point bothering with mail order), and the vid says use a common #2032 battery.
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I assume that the immobilizer circuit in your key fob is powered via inductance. There are no exposed terminals on the key fob so there's no direct data communication. I assume the key fob will then operate as normal.

I also assume that this slot will not recharge your fob battery.
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No, it will NOT recharge your battery.
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The fob will start the car if the battery is dead. Insert in slot in console, press till it clicks. To remove it, PUSH down till it clicks and releases. I wanted to carry my extra fob in the car in case I lost mine on vacation etc. If a fob is left in the car, you can't lock it. I put a piece of plastic wrap inside to disable the battery and have the fob hidden in the car. If I lose my fob, I will just remove the plastic and be on my way. (To the bank to finance the cost of the new fob!)
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