How to start a Chevrolet, key fob doesn't work

If the battery in your Chevy key fob is dead you will not be able to start the engine or unlock the car. On the DIC you may get a warning message stating NO REMOTE DETECTED or NO REMOTE KEY WAS DETECTED. Use this method to manually start your Chevy if the remote batteries are dead. 

  1. Remove key from the key fob. 
  2. Insert the key in the driver's door handle to remove the cap. chevy manual start engine dead key fob


  3. Pry out the cover to expose the keyhole. how to start chevy dead key battery
  4. Open the driver's door. manually open chevy door


  5. Locate the transmitter pocket which in most cases is on the center console or the glove boxchevy key insert location in the center console


  6. Insert your key in the transmitter pocket. key pocket chevy

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



Visitor, 2018-04-11

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.


Mandi T., 2018-04-17

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 .

Gregory , 2018-04-21

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.

Chris C, 2019-01-20

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

Visitor, 2019-11-21

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

By YOUCANIC on Mar 7, 2019


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