DRIVERS are just realizing that there is a secret button on their keys that is essential when the battery dies.
Everybody knows the feeling of realizing that your battery is getting weak in your key fob but leaving it for a while rather than immediately changing it.
For those people who never get around to doing so and who get caught out when they can’t get into their vehicle anymore, you need to know about the hidden button hack.
In one of his videos, Tom reveals how a hidden button can unlock an essential feature when your key fob battery is dead.
He calls it the “car tip that some people did not know.”
Tom drives a Ford which is powered, locked, and unlocked by a key fob, as most modern vehicles are.
“If you have one of these keys and the battery dies you can still get in your car,” he told viewers.
“I don’t know how a lot of people don’t know this but sometimes on the outside of the key…push the button on the side and you see that little groove? We pop that off and there’s a spare key.”
He added: “You simply pop it out, come to your car, put it in,” and the door unlocks.
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A number of viewers were surprised at the hidden key while others said that the TikToker missed another trick that works like “magic.”
“OMG bruh if only I knew that like 4 months ago,” one viewer said.
However, other viewers claimed: “If ya don’t know this then you shouldn’t be driving” and “I figured this out when I was five playing with my mum’s car keys.”
“There are a lot of people who don’t know about car keys, trust me I work with car key programming,” a car expert replied.
However, while showing off his hack, Tom missed another trick that will “save your fingers” when unlocking the door manually with the key.
One viewer said: “And you clearly don’t know that the fob is used to turn the blade to save your fingers!”
Once the driver has found the hidden key, they do not need to just use the metal part to open the door.
Instead, the compartment in the fob in which the key is found can hold the metal part outwards so it looks like a traditional car key.
“Use the fob to turn it… magic as well,” a viewer said.
However, some questioned, “How would you start the car if it’s push start?”
A number of manufacturers install a backup system to ensure that the car can start even when the fob is dead.
All drivers need to do is replace the hidden key back in the fob and rather than pressing the push button with your fingers, press the fob against the button.
Meanwhile, other cars have a backup key slot for the fob.
This will be detailed in the driver’s manual like on some Ford models it can be found in the cup holder and you can then push the start button as normal.
If neither of these works, you likely have a physical key slot in the steering column for the hidden key to start the car.
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