If you own a vehicle with a remote start option or push-to-start capability, the last thing you want is for your smart key remote to stop working. This may prevent you from turning your vehicle on and in some cases prevent you from accessing it altogether. If you’re having trouble with your smart key remote or key fob or you’ve purchased a replacement model, you may need to reprogram the key fob to work. But how do you do this?
With many key fob models, you’ll need to locate a locksmith to program the key for you. However, there are still many smart key remotes that offer DIY programming, and many of these models follow the same basic instructions.
Optional First Step: Replace the Key Fob Batteries
If you’re having trouble with a key fob or smart key remote, it may be due to dying or dead batteries, which you can easily remedy. For more information, read our helpful guide on replacing key fob batteries before you attempt to reprogram your key fob.
1. Enter Your Vehicle
With your keyless entry remote or key fob in hand, enter your vehicle and get into the driver’s seat. Close the door to begin the process.
2. Locate the Programming Button
You’ll need to locate your vehicle’s remote programming or learning button, which is included in vehicle models that feature a push-to-start button. The location of this button can vary, but it can be found in the “transmitter” compartment, which is typically located on the driver’s side door or underneath an armrest. In this compartment, you will find a button labeled “program.” This is the button that will connect your key fob to your vehicle. If you are having trouble locating the program button or transmitter compartment, check your vehicle’s manual for more information. Begin the pairing process by pressing this button.
3. Press and Hold Any Button on Your Key Fob
While holding down the program button in your vehicle, press and hold any button on your smart key remote or key fob. Hold this button until a connection has been made — this will generally be a flashing light on your door locks or something similar. This process should take about three or more seconds.
4. Release the Key Fob Button
Once the connection has been made, you may release the key fob button you’ve been holding. A steady light should appear if the remote has been paired successfully. This may take several seconds, so don’t be discouraged if the connection isn’t immediately apparent.
5. Test Your Key Fob
If you’ve successfully programmed your keyless entry remote or key fob, you should be able to lock and unlock your doors and use your remote start capabilities. If you continue to have issues, you may need to purchase a replacement smart key remote, which you can find at Car and Truck Remotes, where prices are up to 70% less than the prices you’ll find elsewhere. For more information about the remote pairing process or to find a locksmith who can program your remote, visit our website or contact us directly.