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#1 Old 01-22-2013, 02:10 PM
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How to open car or hood manually, when battery is completely dead!

I have been out of the country for the past 3 months and I left my car at my parents place. I have a 2011 Sonata SE with Nav. I got a call from my dad saying that my car is dead (battery) and the doors have locked. He previously was able to jump the car since he was able to open the doors with the key fob remote. Now the doors will not open. I assume the battery has died beyond where the key fob can open them. I return back home this week and would like to be able to deal with this headache before I return and come back to a working car. Any idea how to get into the car or at least popping the hood without being able to get in the car? I've read up about other cars having a backup battery or special mechanism on the door handle for these situations so I would think Hyundai thought this through....:/

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You should be able to remove the manual key from the key fob by pushing the little silver circle and pulling out the part that attaches to the key ring. Use that key to get in the driver side door and then try to pop the hood.
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Since my car uses the proximity key, does the driver door have a key slot? I remember the trunk has one for sure. It's been 3 months since I've seen my car...lol
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They should. I know my 2013 does and my wife's 2008 veracruz with the proximity keys does as well, for this specific instance. Only the driver's door will have a key slot though and you can only use the key to unlock the door and get in.
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okay cool, just emailed my dad. Hopefully its the same on the 2011! Thanks a bunch!
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okay cool, just emailed my dad. Hopefully its the same on the 2011! Thanks a bunch!
It is.
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I have a 2012 gls and I have no key holes on my doors only the trunk. I only have the basic fob. Hopefully yours isnt like mine.
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Just went out to my garage to check my SE (2012 turbo with prox key) and it does have the key slot. Hope this helps you out!
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I have a 2012 gls and I have no key holes on my doors only the trunk. I only have the basic fob. Hopefully yours isnt like mine.
It will have a key slot on the handle, to the rear of the push button.
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Use the key.. and use it occasionally to keep the door and trunk cylinders from seizing in place due to lack of use.

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