I did find a useful hack.. On the denali (not sure about other trims) there is a small plastic oval cover directly over the key hole. It can be pried off using a thin flat blade screwdriver.This cover is part of the larger cover the manual wants you to remove.There are three plastic clips that hold it and there's a good chance of breaking one in the process however it is far preferable to break that little oval piece, or it's clips than the entire key cylinder cover. You still have access to the key hole by removing this small trim cover instead of removing the entire cover. As a bonus, you don't risk scratching your paint trying to pry off the entire cover. If you break one of the oval cover clips it could simply be held back in place wih a little RTV silicone... I have had a dead battery with the wife's BMTroubleyou in the dead of winter and there was no way to gain entry to the car w/o the emergency key and then you could only get in via the trunk. Since we live in N. Michigan and winters can be quite brutal, I wanted to practice using the key on the new terrain before I HAD to actually use it in when it was -20F . With all the electronics on this car, I can see a dead battery happening easily. Fortunately it appears GM did not cheap out on the battery. It's a quality AGM 70 amp hour 700CCA battery. If you want to hear dead battery stories on new cars, check out the Subaru Ascent forums. Those guys are doomed. First of all Subaru supplied a bottom shelf battery and secondly anytime the hatch is open there's a 4 amp draw on the battery until it is closed.