Chevrolet Won't Start or Recognize Key Fob

Chevrolet Won’t Start or Recognize Key Fob

The Chevy engine may not start if the key fob remote is not recognized. A dead key fob battery often causes the problem. You may not even be able to unlock the car with the keyfob.

When you start the car on the DIC, you typically get a warning message stating NO REMOTE DETECTED or NO REMOTE KEY WAS DETECTED. Use this method to start your Chevy if the remote batteries are dead manually.


Remove the key from the key fob.

Insert the key in the driver’s door handle to remove the cap. chevy manual start engine dead key fob

Pry out the cover to expose the keyhole. how to start chevy dead key battery

Open the driver’s door. manually open chevy door

Locate the transmitter pocket, which in most cases is on the center console or the glove box. chevy key insert location in the center console

Insert your key into the transmitter pocket. key pocket chevyOn the Chevrolet Volt, you need to open the storage compartment on the center console. Removing the rubber mat will expose the hole where you can insert the metal key.chevy volt manual start dead key fob battery

Press the START/STOP button to start your Chevrolet. manually start chevrolet dead key fob battery

We hope you find the Chevrolet Won’t Start or Recognize Key Fob guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Chevrolet.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Bottom of center storage compartment, there’s an indented area that the fob sits in

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have a 2019 Traverse 1lt. Do you know where to put the key to start it manually?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I had the battery for the key fob die. Used this guide to get the car started and your other article to change the key fob battery. Thank you twice.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My Chevy key fob battery died and I didn’t know there was a small pocket on the central armrest for inserting the key. Took me two minutes to start my car. Thanks .

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have a Chevy Volt and unfortunatley the key fob battery is dead. I got enough warning signs but kept on procastinating chaning the key for battery. Until one day I was no longer able to start the car.

    At first I panniced because I didn’t know where the manual start was. Or that it even had one.

    Found this on Google and within two minutes I am back on the road headed home.