How to Program a Mini Cooper Ignition Key

by Ashley Hay
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The Mini Cooper was introduced in 1959. Since then the Mini Cooper has had many upgrades, one being keyless entry. If you need to reprogram a key--whether the key deprogrammed itself after a battery replacement, or if you lost your keys and need to program a new one--programming a Mini Cooper key is simple and takes only a few minutes.

Program the Key to Unlock the Door

Step 1

Insert the newly cut key into the driver-side door's lock, but do not turn the key. There is a chip inside of the key that will sync it to the vehicle.

Step 2

Press button "1" and release it immediately.

Step 3

Repeat Step 2 three more times, for a total of four.

Remove the key and press the "Unlock" button to check that it has synced with the vehicle.

Program the Key Pad's Additional Features

Step 1

Insert the key into the car's ignition and start the engine. Leave the car's engine on for no longer then 10 seconds.

Step 2

Turn the engine off but do not remove the key from the ignition.

Step 3

Press button "1" within 10 seconds of turning the car's engine off. Button "1" is the largest button on the keypad.

Step 4

Press button "2" immediately after pressing the first button. This must be completed within 10 seconds of pressing the first button.

Remove the key from the ignition.

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