When you purchase a new or used keyless entry remote, it is
not going to magically start working with your car. You will have to program it
to your vehicle. How do you do that? Well, depending on what type of vehicle
you have, you can either program the remote yourself or you will have to get it
First let’s find
out if your vehicle is capable of self-programming:
your owner’s manual. There is usually a
section on keyless entry or key fob that will let you know if your key fob is
self-programmable. The instructions are
even printed here sometimes
finally you can call your local dealership, ask for service, then ask them if
your key fob has self-programming instructions and if they will email or fax
them or if you can just swing by and pick them up.
your vehicle is self-programmable, just follow the key fob programming
instructions and your set. Be patient,
the programming procedure can be frustrating.
Some are easier than others. It’s
all about timing. If you are having
trouble, step away for a while and come back to it later.
a local locksmith; they can usually program a key fob significantly
cheaper. Average price for programming a
key fob is about $60. If your key fob
and metal ignition key is one unit, these can be about $90 to program because
you have to program both the remote and the metal key (transponder chip) to the
vehicle, so it is two steps instead of one.
your mechanic. They sometimes have the
equipment needed to do key fob programming and they might even hook you up for
free if you are a good customer.
a last resort you can always go to the stealership (that is not a type-o, I meant
to spell dealership that way). They will
be the highest price for key fob programming.