How do I Program a Remote Keyless Entry for Chevrolet Cars

by Contributing Writer

A remote, keyless-entry system transmitter or RKE transmitter controls the keyless entry system on your Chevrolet car. The device is programmed to an individual Chevrolet car using a set procedures utilizing the Chevrolet car driver information center located the near the instrument panel. This simplifies the programming method while at the same time prevents theft. You cannot access the driver information center without turning the Chevrolet car on, and this can't be done unless you have the ignition key.

Under The Hood:

 How do I Program a Remote Keyless Entry for a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu?

Purchase a keyless entry unit from a Chevrolet dealership (see Resources) or another retailer. These are available from online retailers.

Take your unit to a dealership or automotive locksmith for programming.

Wait while the dealer or locksmith programs the unit with a TECH II scan tool.

 How to Program a Keyless Entry Remote for a Chevy Monte Carlo

Insert the key in the ignition and turn the key to the "acc" or "on" position. Turn the car radio off by pressing the "POWER" button. Press and hold the "DISP" button on the radio for approximately 5 seconds until "SETTINGS" is displayed on the LCD screen. Press the "SEEK UP" button on the radio until "FOB PROG" is displayed on the LCD screen.

Press the "NEXT" button on the radio to access the programming submenu. The first option displayed in the submenu will be BEGIN. Press the "DISP" button on the radio with the BEGIN option chosen to enter remote programming mode, at which time the words "PUSH FOB" will flash on the LCD screen.

Press and hold the "lock" and "unlock" buttons simultaneously on the remote to be programmed for 15 seconds. A chime will sound, indicating that the remote was programmed successfully. Repeat for additional remotes that need programming. A total of four remotes can be programmed for the vehicle.

Exit remote programming mode by pressing the "SEEK UP" button on the radio until "EXIT" is displayed on the LCD screen. Press the "DISP" button on the radio and wait for a chime to sound, indicating that programming is complete. Test each remote by using it to cycle the power door locks of the vehicle.

 How to Program a Keyless Entry for a 2003 Chevy Suburban

Gather your car key and the keyless-entry remote you want to program to the Suburban. Only a factory-replacement remote will synchronize with the system.

Verify that all of the doors are closed, including the rear-hatch door. Open the driver's door, take a seat and close the door.

Place the key in the ignition, but do not turn it. Press and hold the "Unlock" switch on your door's master-control panel.

Turn the ignition in the following sequence: on, off, on, off. When turning the key to "On," do not start the engine. Perform this rapidly for success.

Release the "Unlock" switch. You'll hear the doors lock. If you don't, start the procedure over.

Simultaneously press "Lock" and "Unlock" on the keyless-entry remote. Hold these buttons down for about 30 seconds. You'll hear the door locks cycle again. This lets you know the remote is programmed. Turn the ignition to "On," then "Off" to finish.

Items you will need

  • Factory-replacement remote

 How to Program a Keyless Entry for a 2008 Chevy Silverado

Insert your key into the ignition and turn it clockwise to turn the Silverado ignition on.

Press the "vehicle information button" located in the instrument panel below the tachometer. It has an image of a car and an "i" on the front and is the second button down in the cluster. Hold it until you see "PRESS V TO RELEARN REMOTE KEY" on the display panel.

Press the "set/reset" button until "REMOTE KEY LEARNING ACTIVE" shows on the display panel. This is the fourth and last button in the cluster and looks like a checkmark.

Click the "lock" and "unlock" buttons on the remote you wish to program, and hold the buttons down 15 seconds. Release the buttons after you hear a chime. You can program up to eight remotes for the 2008 Silverado.

Turn the ignition key to the "Off" position and remove it from the Silverado. This exits programming mode.

 How to Program the Keyless Entry in a 2006 Chevy Uplander

Enter your 2006 Uplander with your keyless remote and ignition key, and shut all of the vehicle doors behind you.

Insert your key into the ignition and press and hold the "Unlock" switch on the driver's side door. You will have to hold it through the next step.

Cycle the key in the ignition to the "On" position and then back to the "Off" position twice in quick order.

Release the "Unlock" tab on the driver's side power locks and wait for the vehicle to cycle the locks. The programming sequence will now be active and you can set the remote.

Press and hold both the lock and unlock buttons on your remote until the locks cycle again. This could take as long as 30 seconds to complete.

Cycle the ignition switch to the "On" position to end the programming sequence.

 How to Program the Keyless Remote to the '97 C/K1500

Find the C/K1500's diagnostic port under the steering wheel. The port is on the left side of the dash beneath the steering wheel, and it has 16 small holes.

Count to the fourth hole, starting from the left of the top row. Insert one side of your jumper wire firmly into the hole.

Insert the other end of the jumper wire into the eighth hole on the top row. This is the last hole on the right. Your truck's door locks will go through the lock/unlock cycle.

Press and hold the "Lock" and "Unlock" buttons on the remote at the same time. Continue holding the buttons until the door locks go through their cycle again. This should take 15 to 20 seconds.

Press and hold the same buttons on a different remote if you are programming more than one. Take the jumper wire out of the diagnostic port when you are finished.

Items you will need

  • Jumper wire

 How to Program the Keyless Remote in a Chevy Impala

Enter your vehicle with your ignition key in hand and close all of the doors behind you.

Insert your key into the ignition and turn the key to the "On" position. Switch off the radio.

Press and hold the "DISP" button on the radio until the "Settings" menu appears on the radio display.

Press the down or up arrows until the display reads "FOB PROG," and press the "Next" button.

Press the "DISP" button again and wait for the display to read "PUSH FOB."

Press and hold the lock and unlock buttons on your keyless remote until the car responds with a chime. This may take up to 15 seconds.

Repeat step six to program any additional remotes.

Press the "DISP" button again to exit the programming mode and you will be free to use your newly programmed remotes.

 How to Program the Keyless Entry Remote to a 2002 Chevy Tahoe

Sit in the driver's seat and close the door. Be sure all the doors are closed.

Put the key in the ignition.

Push and hold the "Unlock" button on the driver's side door. You will hold it until step 5.

Turn the key to the "On" position and then back to the "Off" position. Repeat and leave the key in the ignition.

Let go of the "Unlock" button. At this point, the door locks will cycle automatically.

Press and hold the "Unlock" and "Lock" buttons on the remote you are programming. Hold them until the door locks cycle again.

Repeat step 6 for each remote you need to program.

Turn the key to the "On" position again.

 How to Program a Keyless Entry for a Chevy Silverado

Sit in the car and check that all the doors are shut. Put the key in the ignition as if you are about to start your Silverado, but don't turn the key. Hold down the "Unlock" button on the driver's side door.

Turn the key to in the ignition to start the car, and then turn it off. Repeat this step twice while continuing to hold the "Unlock" button down.

Listen for the doors to lock and unlock as you release the "Unlock" switch and the key. When you hear this sound, the Silverado is in program mode.

Hold the keyless remote so you can press both "Unlock" and "Lock" at the same time. After each keyless remote is programmed, the doors should lock and unlock to confirm that the process was successful. Do this for each keyless remote you want to program. You can program up to 4 remotes.

End programming mode for the Silverado by turning the key in the ignition to make the vehicle start. Test each remote when you exit the vehicle to be sure they all function properly.

 How to Program Keyless Entry on a 2006 Trailblazer

Sit in the driver's seat and close the door. Make sure all doors are shut.

Put the key in the ignition.

Press and hold the "Unlock" button on the driver's side door until step 6.

Turn the key to the "On" position---the last position before starting the engine---and back to the "Off" position.

Repeat step 4.

Release the "Unlock" button. The door locks will start to cycle to alert you the programming mode has begun. If the locks do not cycle, get out of the car and begin again from step 1.

Press and hold the "Lock" and "Unlock" buttons on the keyless fob until the car door's lock and unlock.

Repeat step 7 to program additional remotes.

Turn the key in the ignition back to the "On" position. This will turn off the programming mode.

 How to Program a Keyless Entry for a Chevy Venture

Collect all remote keyless entry devices you wish to program. Purchase remotes on eBay, from a Chevy dealership or online if you need additional or replacement devices. Check that the remotes you purchase have matching styles in terms of number of buttons, the number (1, 2, 3 or 4) shown on the back, and whether there is a red horn button.

Remove the key from the ignition. Open the front passenger door and remove the BCMPRGM fuse. The fuse panel legend shows which fuse this is.

Close the doors, lift the gate and put the key in the ignition, then turn the ignition lock cylinder once toward you; not in the direction to start the engine. This puts the ignition lock cylinder in the ACC position. Quickly turn the ignition lock cylinder to the OFF position and then back to the ACC position. Do this turn in about one second.

Open and close a door; the driver's door is probably the easiest. A chime sounds denoting the system is in the programmable mode. Press and hold "Lock" and "Unlock" on the device at the same time for 14 seconds total or until you hear two chimes confirming successful programming. This erases all other remote codes and you now need to program any other keyless Chevy remotes you wish to use for this vehicle using the same steps.

Remove the key from the ignition lock cylinder once programming is completely finished and reinstall the BCMPRGM fuse.

Items you will need

  • Chevy van remotes