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Accessory Power!

Q. I was recently approached by one of our sales team members, asking about the use of a Smart Key on a push button start vehicle. Specifically, the question was, how to use the accessory power when you have a push button start?

Thank you,

KR – Safety & Fleet Specialist

A. Thank you for the question… and it is a good one.

Typically, when starting a vehicle with a push button smart key system, you have to have the smart key in the vehicle with you, and with the shifter in “park,” depress the brake pedal and push the start button.

To use the accessory power, be sure you have the smart key inside the vehicle with you, the vehicle in park and leave your foot off of the brake pedal and push the start button… this should provide you with accessory power.

Remember, vehicle manufactures may use a variation of this concept… pushing the button once vs. pushing it multiple times to gain access to different accessory power features, for example… however, the main focus will be leaving your foot off of the brake pedal when pushing the start button.

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