How to Program a Keyless Remote for My Cars

by Contributing Writer

Available as an after-market option on newer automobiles of various makes and models, keyless remotes allow entry, starting, locking and unlocking of your car without a key. Sometimes sold synced and programmed with a car from a manufacturer, keyless remotes can also be bought individually after the purchase and programmed at home through a few simple steps.

Under The Hood:

 How to Program a Keyless Remote on a Mini Cooper

Two-button Keys

Sit in the driver's seat of the vehicle. Make sure all the doors are closed and both keys are with you.

Press and hold the "Unlock" button on the first key while pressing the center "Lock" button three times.

Release the "Unlock" button at the same time as the "Lock" button on the third time.

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for the second key within 30 seconds.

Exit the vehicle and test the remotes.

Three-button Keys

Sit in the driver's seat of the vehicle with all the keys.

Insert one key into the ignition switch and turn to the "2D" position. The dash lights should come on. Remove the key. Do not turn the ignition off.

Press and hold the "Unlock" button on the remote. Press the center "Lock" button three times while holding the "Unlock" button on the remote. Release the "Unlock" button at the same time as the "Lock" button after the third press.

Repeat Step 3 for the second key within 30 seconds of completing the first key's programming.

Turn the ignition off. Exit the vehicle and test the remotes.

 How to Program a Keyless Remote for a Hyundi Santa Fe

Insert your key into your car's ignition and turn it two clicks to the right, onto the "On" position (or one click short of turning the ignition on).

Set the switch on your remote from "Off" to "Set."

Press the lock button on your keyless remote and hold it until your car emits a small beep.

Turn your key back to the "Off" position and press and hold the lock button on your remote one more time.

Replace the switch on your remote from "Set" to "Off" again, remove your key from the ignition and test your remote to see if the programming has worked.

 How to Program a Keyless Remote for My Car

Sit inside of the vehicle, and close all of the vehicle's doors.

Insert the ignition key into the ignition slot without turning the key.

Press the door unlock switch and hold it in the unlock position on the door of your car, not on the remote. While holding the lock switch in the unlock position, use the key to turn the car on and then off. Do this two more times for a total of three turns on and off.

Let go of the lock switch after the third ignition cycle. At this time, the car doors should lock and unlock one time. This is to signal that the programming of the remote has been initiated.

Hold both the unlock and the lock button on your keyless remote at the same time for 15 to 20 seconds. The doors should again unlock and lock to confirm your progress.

Turn the key in the ignition to the position again, and with your car started, you will have exited the programming mode.

Turn your car off and press the buttons on your keyless remote to ensure that the programming was performed correctly.

Items you will need

  • Keyless remote

  • Key for your automobile

 How to Program a Keyless Entry for an Oldsmobile Alero

Sit in the driver's seat of the Alero and close all of the doors.

Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the "On" position, then return to the "Off" position.

Remove the key from the ignition.

Press and hold the door "Unlock" button on the driver's side door handle. Continue holding the "Unlock" button while the next steps are completed.

Insert the key into the ignition, then remove it. Ensure that the ignition remains in the "Off" position.

Insert the key into the ignition once again, then remove. Again, ensure that the ignition remains in the "Off" position.

Insert the key into the ignition, then release the "Unlock" button. The vehicle's horn will sound three times, indicating that the vehicle has entered "Program Mode."

Press and hold both the "Lock" and "Unlock" buttons on the keypad that you would like to program. Continue to hold the buttons until the vehicle's horn sounds two times, which will take approximately 15 seconds. Repeat this step for each additional keypad that you would like to program.

Remove the key from the ignition to complete the programming process.

Items you will need

  • Vehicle key

 How to Program a Keyless Remote for an Isuzu

Axiom, Amigo, Rodeo and Trooper

Sit inside the Isuzu with the doors closed and the key out of the ignition. Open the driver's door.

Put the Isuzu's key in the ignition. Turn the key to "Acc" mode, and then to "Lock." Do this a total of three times within three seconds.

Close the driver's door. Open the driver's door. Close the driver's door. Open it again.

Turn the key to "Acc" mode, and then to "Lock." Do this a total of three times within three seconds again.

Close the driver's door and then open. The doors will lock and unlock. Press "Lock" on the remote you are programming. The doors will lock. Press "Unlock." The remote is programmed. Remove the key.

Ascender

Sit inside the Isuzu Ascender. Verify that the doors are closed. Put the key in the ignition. Push "Lock" on the door control pad. Continue to hold it.

Turn the ignition to "On." Turn the ignition to "Off." Turn the ignition to "On." Turn the ignition to "Off." Do this quickly.

Let go of the "Lock" button on the door control pad. The doors will lock then unlock. Push "Lock" and Unlock" on the remote. Hold the buttons down until the doors lock and unlock. Turn the key to "On." Turn the key to "Off." Remove the key.

 How to Program a Keyless Entry Remote for a Mazda Tribute

Gather each of your remotes, including any that are already programmed. Sit down in your Tribute and close the door.

Insert the key into the ignition module. Turn the key backward to the "Lock" position. Cycle the key between "Lock" and "Run" (position three) eight times quickly, ending in the "Run" position. The procedure must be completed within 10 seconds to be successful.

Listen for the doors to lock and unlock, confirming the programming procedure. If they don't, remove the key and start over.

Press any button on the keyless-entry remote. The doors will lock and unlock to confirm that the signal is received. Press any button on additional remotes, including ones that were originally programmed. Starting the programming procedure clears the stored memory.

Turn the key backward to the "Lock" position. Leave it in this position for about 20 seconds. The doors will lock and unlock, signaling that you have exited programming mode. Turn the key to the second position ("Off") and remove it from the ignition.

 How to Program Keyless Entry on a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Open the driver's door. This door needs to remain open for the entire procedure. Do not open any other doors.

Turn the ignition switch to the "ON" position. Do not start the vehicle. The remotes can not be programmed with the vehicle running.

Lock the doors to the vehicle by pushing the "LOCK" button on the driver's door. Make sure all of the doors lock; if all of the doors do not lock the procedure will not work properly.

Locate the remote receiver bulb in the ceiling of the vehicle. This is usually located toward the front of the ceiling.

Point the remote at the bulb.

Press and hold the "LOCK" button on the remote until the doors unlock. The remote is now programmed. Check the remote for proper operation.

Items you will need

  • Keyless entry remotes

  • Key

 How to Program Keyless Entry on a Buick Rendezvous

Close all doors of the Buick. Turn the ignition off. Take the ignition key out of the ignition. Press and hold the door lock button of the driver's door in the unlocked position.

Continue to hold the door lock button down and insert the key into the ignition. Remove the key without turning the key in the ignition. Repeat this action two more times in exactly the same manner, except the third time, leave the key in the ignition.

Release the door lock button. You should now hear three beeps that signal the program mode is activated.

Press both the lock and unlock buttons together on the keyless fob. Hold them down for about 5 seconds. You should hear another two beeps that signals that the fob has been reprogrammed.

Repeat the same process with all other keyless fobs. When this has been completed, remove the key from the ignition and check that all of the keyless entry fobs work with the Buick Rendezvous.

Items you will need

  • Key fobs Ignition key

 How to Program a Remote Keyless Entry on a Viper 488V

Enter your car with your 488V remote, leave your driver's door open and insert your ignition key into the ignition.

Press the "Valet" button on your remote once to program the alarm, twice to program the locks and three times to program the remote starter. Wait for the horn to chirp once, twice or three times.

Press and hold the "Valet" button again after the horn sounds, and then press the button on the remote that you would like to program. Do this while still holding the "Valet" button.

Release the button that you are programming once the horn chirps, and then release the "Valet" button. The horn will chirp one last time and you can remove your key from the ignition.

 How to Program the Keyless Entry Remote on a Saab 900

Programming After Battery Replacement

Stand near the car and press the "Unlock" button five times in quick succession.

Listen for a beep or chirp from the car to signal that you have successfully reprogrammed the fob.

Remove the battery and reinsert it into the fob if the programming wasn't successful. Move closer to the car. Press the "Unlock" button five times again quickly.

Programming a New Fob

Verify that you have one working key fob. Without at least one working fob, you will not be able to program additional fobs without replacing the Column Integrated Module (CIM).

Visit a repair shop or dealer with a GM Tech II scan tool. Only someone with this device can program a new key fob.

Bring all working keys and fobs when you get the new fob programmed. Any old fobs will be removed from the system at this time and will no longer work. You can have up to four fobs per car.

 How to Program a Keyless Entry for a Honda CR-V

Turn your ignition to the "On" position, and then press "Unlock" on your keyless entry. Quickly turn the ignition to the "Lock" position.

Repeat the exact process in Step 1 twice more (a total of three times) to begin the Honda programming sequence.

Turn the ignition to the "On" position. Press the "Unlock" button on your remote. Listen closely for the doors to lock and then unlock.

Press the "Unlock" button on the remote you are programming. If you are programming more than one remote, press the "Unlock" button on each, one after the other. Turn the ignition to "Lock" to finish.

 How to Program a Keyless Remote in a 2002 LeSabre

Some manufacturers have chosen to include an on-board programming feature to allow car owners to use a keyless entry remote. Other car makers have decided that it is better to leave keyless-remote programming to the professionals. Your 2002 LeSabre is on the list of vehicles that require a scanner to program the key fobs -- specifically a Tech-II scanner from GM or another high-end scanner available from major tool companies.

Tip

  • A lot of sources online offer a way to program your remote by shorting two terminals in your LeSabre's data link connector. Attempting this method will not work and may inadvertently damage the powertrain control module or body control module.

Programming the Remote

Tip

    • The procedure described here is based on GM's Tech-II scanner system. If you're using another scanner with programming capability, refer to the owner's manual for instructions.

    • Scanners with programming capabilities are expensive. Check with your local parts stores to see if it offers a rental option.

    • If you cannot locate a scanner, try contacting a local locksmith before going to a dealer -- locksmiths often have the correct tools, can come to you and offer competitive prices.

Set up the Scanner

Look under your dash, toward the bottom of the lower finish panel and find the 16-pin female connector. Plug the end of the scanner's cord into the plug, then turn the ignition key to the “On” position. Input the year, make and model of the vehicle, as well as the engine size.

Tip

  • Starting the next step will erase all previous programming for the keyless entry system. Have all of the remotes you intend to use readily available before continuing. Your LeSabre can have up to four remotes programmed at one time.

Navigate to the Programming Feature

Navigate to the "Special Functions" menu, then select "Remote Function Actuation." Listen for the doors to lock and unlock to confirm you're in programming mode.

Program the Remote

Press and hold the lock and unlock button on your key fob for at least 15 seconds. The doors will lock and unlock when the transmitter frequency has been programmed. Wait five seconds, then repeat this step for the remaining remotes. Navigate back to the scanner's home screen, turn the ignition off and disconnect the scanner. Test for proper operation of the key fobs.

 How to Program a Keyless Entry for a Corvette

Turn the ignition off, and open the rear compartment of the vehicle. Place a programed keyless entry fob into the vehicles interior compartment.

Head to the rear of the vehicle and locate the lock cylinder. You will find it above the license plate. Insert the metal key and turn it five times. The vehicles DIC (driver information center) will display "Ready for Fob X." X may be any number between 1 and 4, depending on the number of transmitters already programmed to the vehicle. If the DIC displays "Max Fobs Learned" then four remotes are already programmed to the car and this procedure will not work.

Place the fob in the glove box fob pocket. You will hear a beep. Test the fob's function after programming to verify that the procedure was performed correctly.

Exit programming mode by pressing the "Off/ACC" portion of the vehicle's ignition switch.

Items you will need

  • Working keyless entry fob

  • New key fob

  • Mechanical key

 How to Program the Remote for Keyless Entry on a Dodge Stratus CO

Press the door lock button on your original remote every two seconds for a total of five times. This ensures the remote is in sync with the Stratus.

Open the driver side door and insert the key into the car ignition.

Turn the key as far as it will go before it starts the engine, then wait until the beeping stops.

Click the unlock button on the original remote and hold it for 4 to 10 seconds, and within that time frame, press the panic button for 1 second. Release both buttons and listen for a chime to confirm the step was successful.

Click and hold both the lock and unlock buttons on the original remote. Release both, click the unlock button another time and then release it. You will hear another chime to confirm the remote has been programmed.

Click and hold the lock and unlock buttons on the original remote again, then click the unlock button on any additional remote. If you hear another chime, the newer remote has been programmed. You can now remove the key from the ignition.

 How to Program a Keyless Entry for a 1998 Corvette

Insert the key in the ignition and turn it to the "On" position.

Push the "Reset" button on the Driver Information Center (DIC).

Push the DIC "Options" button until you see a blank display.

Push and hold the "Reset" button for 2 seconds.

Push the "Reset" button when you see "FOB Training" in the DIC. You'll then see "LK + UNLK 1st FOB" displayed.

Push and hold the "Lock" and "Unlock" buttons on the remote at the same time. Hold them for about 15 seconds. Once the remote is programmed, you'll see "FOB Learned" in the DIC.

Repeat step 6 to program additional remotes.