Program Your Car Remote

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If you are in the market for a new car remote for your current vehicle, you may be able to buy online and program your car remote, without visiting a dealer or locksmith.

Depending on the year, make and model, of your particular vehicle, it may not require special machinery to program, which could save you a lot on labor costs! Most newer model cars require a special tool, like the one from Advanced Diagnostics in the picture below. This machine will plug into the ODM port on your car and access the computer. Once the computer has been accessed, it can begin to program the remotes, keys and provide numerous other functions once it’s communicating with the car. It requires some time, a trained technician and usually a $50-$100 programming fee, that can be completely avoided if you can follow some pretty basic directions.

Just as an example, here is the procedure for Onboard programming on a Ford Econline’s remote:

1. Turn ignition from OFF to RUN 8 times within 10 seconds, with the 8th time ending in RUN. Door locks will cycle to confirm programming mode.

 2. Within 20 seconds press any button on first keyless remote. Door locks will cycle to confirm programming.

3. Within 20 seconds, press any button on second keyless remote. Door locks will cycle again to confirm programming.

4. Turn ignition to OFF. Locks will again cycle.

And your done! It’s usually nothing overly complicated, but the directions have to be followed exactly.Sometimes it may require opening and closing the doors a few times or even pushing lock or unlock on the door controls. At some points you may feel like your are doing the hokey-pokey, but as long as the steps are followed in the exact order and done in the right amount of time, you can program your car remote by yourself!

So, how do you know if your model car, truck or van can be programmed? We have a resource for that! Check out this website, which we have been using for years, to find out more information on your particular vehicle – complete with programming instructions!

This is a great resource for all kinds of information on car remotes. Most of these remotes can be purchased online, just make sure you are buying from a reputable company and matching the FCC code imprinted on the back of your current remote. One the remote is in hand and you are sure it’s the correct FCC code, start your onboard programming procedure. You will have saved hundreds of dollars and feel pretty accomplished! And, of course, if you can’t find onboard programming procedure to program your car remote, The Flying Locksmiths have the machinery to get you going!





14 responses to “Program Your Car Remote

  1. how much do you charge to come out and fix my keyless remote to work on my vehicle. I tried that method it does not work. I have a 2001 Infiniti qx4

    1. Floyd,
      I too tried various suggestions from different sites and Youtube videos, but after 15 attempts I could not get my 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis’s locks to cycle (the first step) and was about to pay $40 for a locksmith, until I found this site. The trick was to leave the driver’s door open and lock and unlock it several times before you go to step 1, and bingo the locks cycled! But then step 2 did not work initially. Make sure if you retry Step 1, you must pull the key out first, lock and unlock the door again each time. It was only after the 3rd try from Step 1 to Step 2, my remote was finally programmed. A great sense of accomplishment! And thank The Flying Locksmith!

    1. Exactly Gary. If your model isn’t listed, it will require a machine to be plugged into the ODM port of the car, in order to be programmed.

  2. Hey! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  3. How about a 2008 Saturn Sky Redline? The dealership said he will have to reprogram old remote and keys? Any comments are appreciated

    Do anyone know how to program new remote fobs?

  4. I just want to give a huge THANK YOU!! for the procedure to program a keyless remote for my 96 Lincoln Town Car.
    I went to the dealer thinking there was something special in the procedure, and was quoted $135.00 to program it.
    Needless to say, thinking twice I went home, looked online found you, and programed my remote in less than ten seconds.

    So much for honest dealerships…NOT!!!

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