Kia Key Fob Tips

Kia Sorento Key Fob
If you drive a Kia vehicle, then you are probably like many Sparta drivers who enjoy using the Kia key fob for remote starting purposes. However, there’s probably a lot more your Kia key fob can do that you don’t even know about, and West Salem Kia is here to show you all of the tricks and tips. Learn about the ins and outs of your Kia key fob with our service center, and rely on the experts at West Salem Kia for all of your service and maintenance needs.

Do Kia Keys Have Chips?

Newer Kia models will usually have keys that have microchips, which are known as transponders. What does the transponder do? Each transponder contains a code that’s unique to your Kia key fob. When you insert your key into your ignition and start your car, the transponder sends out its code to the receiver in your dashboard. Most new Kia models have this feature in their keys, but if you drive a 2013 Kia or older, then your key may not have this feature.

How to Open a Kia Key Fob

If your Kia needs to be replaced, then the process of swapping your old battery for a new one is relatively simple and can be done from home. To replace your Kia key fob battery, you’ll need to open the fob. Here’s how to open a Kia key fob step by step:

  1. Turn the key so that the front side is facing downward.
  2. Use a small flathead screwdriver to pry open the casing by inserting the screwdriver into the slot on the side.

For a Kia Smart Key: 

  1. Press the small silver button at the bottom of the fob. This will release the emergency key.
  2. Use the emergency key to open the fob by inserting the key into the slot at the bottom of the fob.
  3. Once the key is inserted into the slot, it should pry open the casing of the fob.

How to Perform a Kia Key Fob Battery Replacement

Once you have the key fob open, you’ll need to replace the battery. Here’s how to perform a Kia key fob battery replacement:

  1. Finish pulling the key fob apart after it’s been opened.
  2. Remove the old battery from its location.
  3. Insert the new battery into the key fob. Make sure that the battery is facing the appropriate sides.
  4. After the battery is inserted, carefully piece the key fob back together.
  5. Snap any parts together until you hear a click.

If you would rather have our experts handle your Kia key fob battery replacement, then schedule service with our team near Onalaska.

Kia Key Fob Programming

If your Kia key fob is slow or not performing at its best, then it may just need to be programmed. This should also be performed after you’ve replaced the old battery. To program your Kia key fob, perform the following steps:

  1. Close all of the doors on your Kia.
  2. Insert your key into the ignition.
  3. Press the “Lock” and “Unlock” buttons on the fob.
  4. If the doors lock or unlock, then the key is programmed.
  5. Turn off the ignition.
  6. If the door locks cycle, then the programming should be complete.

If your Kia key fob doesn’t program, then bring it to our service center or parts department for help. For more Kia key fob tips and tricks or anything else to help you stay on top of your Kia maintenance schedule, visit West Salem Kia near La Crosse.

Learn More About Your Kia Key Fob in West Salem

Contact us for more helpful service and parts information, and let us help you learn about all of the tricks related to your Kia key fob. For anything related to servicing your Kia, rely on West Salem Kia.


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