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Old 10-05-2012, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I had an incident yesterday where the car did not seem to detect my key. When I pushed the start button nothing would happen other than the key symbol would come up on the screen. I figured my smart key battery must be weak. The manual says if the battery is weak to insert the smart key into the center console slot to start the car. Well, I inserted the key in the slot and nothing happened other than the overhead lights came on. I pushed it in and out several times. Turned it both ways. Nothing. Is there some trick to starting it this way or is my car's key slot broken?
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you press the push to start button after inserting your key into the slot? I can't remember what my salesman said, but nothing happened when he told me how to do it.
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Yes, I tried pressing the start button with the key inserted. Nothing.
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My Salesman told me the battery in the proximity key lasts a very long time. However in the event it won't work, touch the metal end of the proximity key to the start button, and push. I don't know if that will work as I haven't done it myself, but give it a try. I assume you know to be in park and depress the brake pedal.

Also locate your other key and try that one. I've also noticed you must be seated to make it start. You just can't stick your foot on the brake and reach around the steering column to start. A safety thing I guess.
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Sonds like you may be having multiple issues!

When the key fob battery is low, you should just click the fob into the center console slot (keychain end out) and then the start button should work like normal. This is also necessary if you blow the fuse for the dome lights (which obviously isn't your problem).

Did you check the battery voltage? I am not sure how the starter will act with a low battery. Also, check if the lock/unlock buttons on the remote work. This will be a clue if the fob battery is bad or if there is another issue.
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You might have a problem with the brake switch.
Try stepping on the brake and pressing the start button for 15-20 seconds to override the brake switch.
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^ yup, my first guess as well. bad brake switch. you would think they would stop putting these faulty parts in since this has been an ongoing issue with a number of their different lines of vehicles

what you do is the first time you push the button and it doesn't start, then you push the button a second time and hold if for 15 seconds. don't let go until it starts. you don't need to put the key in console.
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Well, I took it to the service center and, yep, it was the dumb brake switch again. Grrr. I already had that replaced a year ago when it failed before. But that time the car told me to put my foot on the brake even though it already was. This time I just got the key symbol. That, and the fact that I'd already had the switch replaced, made me think it was something different this time. When I had it replaced last year they told me the issue had been resolved in the new switches and it wouldn't happen again. Haha! And, of course, they told me that again when they replaced it today. But they also told me it was only a $9 part and easy to replace so I'm guessing it costs less for Hyundai to just replace them every year than to spend money on R&D to actually fix the issue. So I'll just assume I'll have to get it replaced next year too and not be surprised when it happens again. If that's the case they should just include a replacement with your annual maintenance service.
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figured. mine is bad too. i just hate going to the dealership here so i've been putting it off.
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figured. mine is bad too. i just hate going to the dealership here so i've been putting it off.
Well, I guess you could just sit there and hold the button for period of time every time until starter run and engine fire up..

Buy a couple switch for spare, if you get good, you can change it in maybe 2 minute tops
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