Key Warning Light (Amber)

What does the amber key warning light do and why is it on?

The amber key warning light means there is a security error code. This light illuminates when the vehicle control modules see the ignition turned without a key within range, there is a weak key battery, or there is a security error within the system.

Common reasons for this to happen

  • Faulty key
  • Dead key fob battery
  • Faulty key antenna
  • Faulty control module
  • Electrical interference
  • Faulty steering lock control unit

Can I drive with the amber key warning light on? (Can I drive in Fail-Safe Mode?)

In some cases, you can drive with the amber key warning light on, but there is no guarantee the vehicle will start back up. You should drive it straight to a repair facility to have it checked out. In other cases, the vehicle may not start and will have to be towed to a repair facility capable of working with your vehicle’s security system.

How do I fix an amber key warning light?

  1. Replace the key fob battery, and make sure the key is within the cabin of the vehicle
  2. If the concern persists, you will have to tow or drive the vehicle to a repair facility capable of servicing your vehicle’s security system.
  3. Another option is to have a mobile key programmer to come to you and service the vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions

My car won’t start and the amber key warning light is on, what’s wrong?

  • In some cases, you can try to touch the key to the start button and try and start it, if it still won’t start, there may be an issue within the vehicle’s security system.

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