Replacement Remote Key Fob for 1999 Ford F-150 Truck with a Dealer-Installed System

A customer recently contacted Remotes Unlimited to inquire about getting a replacement remote for his 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck. His old remote had stopped working entirely after many years of service.

He contacted us by phone because the remote shown on our website for a 1999 Ford F-150 truck did not look like his original. The reason for this is that his truck was not equipped with a keyless entry system when it was shipped from the factory. Instead, the dealer sold an add-on “dealer-installed” keyless entry system to the first owner. That system was not the same as the factory system and uses a different remote. This is a fairly common situation.

When the customer went to our website, he saw the listing shown at the link below for our part number 343-1343:
1999 Ford F-150 Factory System Remote

Instead, his aftermarket system was made for Ford by Code Alarm. It uses a remote with FCC ID GOH-3BFM2497. As soon as we determined this, we knew the part he was looking for is our part 675-1675. Code Alarm stopped supplying this part several years ago. Fortunately, we still had a B-Grade (gently used) part in stock, so we were able to solve the customer’s problem. You can see the Code Alarm part at the following link:
Part 675-1675 – Ford dealer-installed system remote with FCC ID GOH-3BFM2497

As it happens, Kia sourced a similar dealer-installed system from Code Alarm (also having remotes with FCC ID GOH-3BFM2497) that use the same circuit board in a Kia-branded case. That part also is no longer made, but Remotes Unlimited has a few used transmitters for the Kia system as well. Unfortunately, once these used remotes are sold, many customers may not have an option for getting a replacement transmitter for these older dealer-installed Code Alarm systems.

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Magnadyne Marksman Alarm System Remote Key Fobs with FCC ID H5OT21

We recently received a website inquiry asking if we could replace a customer’s Marksman remote with part number M5ARF. This is a Remotes Unlimited part 402-1402, a 5-button keyfob with FCC ID H5OT21. Magnadyne has stopped making this particular part. Fortunately, they are still supplying another 5-button Marksman remote with FCC ID H5OT21 that works for the discontinued transmitter. That is Magnadyne part X7RF, Remotes Unlimited part 672-1672. See both parts at the following link:
Magnadyne Marksman 5-button remotes with FCC ID H5OT21

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Replacing the Remote on a 2001 Kia Sportage with No Working Keyfob

A blog reader sent us an inquiry. His son bought a used 2001 Kia Sportage. It came with no remote key fobs, but when he unlocks the driver-side door, an alarm sounds until he puts the key in the ignition.

Here is our response to that customer:

2001 Sportage vehicles were not equipped with a factory keyless entry system. Instead, an optional system (with a Kia brand but made by Code Alarm) was installed at the port-of-entry or by a dealership. It is possible that your son’s vehicle has that system on it. It is also possible that another add-on system was installed on the vehicle, either by the dealership or by a previous owner.

The remote used with the dealer-installed system is our transmitter 086-6021. It is no longer made by Code Alarm or sold by Kia. We no longer have any new 086-6021 parts in stock, but we do have 2 used (B-grade) parts in stock, which sell for $29. I checked the 2 086-6021 B-grade parts we have in stock. They are not in great shape, but they are all that is available.

You could buy one of these parts and try to program it to the vehicle, or you could first try to confirm exactly what system is in your vehicle. To do that, you would need to locate the system’s control module. It is a black box – often about 1″ x 3″ x 4″ – and is usually installed under the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Alarm systems also have some form of shut-off switch and often an LED light. These components are generally installed on the dashboard or just below it. If you can find one of these components, follow the wire from it to the control module. There you should find some kind of identifying information, such as a brand and model number. That is generally the most useful information for identifying an otherwise unknown alarm system in a vehicle.

We have remotes available for most add-on systems. If you locate the control module, I suggest you call with the information and speak with one of our call center personnel. He or she will be able to help you identify exactly which remote you need. Our call center is open from 8am-6pm Central time M-F and from 9am-3pm on Saturday.

In order to program a new remote to work with the system, you will need to use the valet (shut-off) switch. Given the age of the vehicle, it might be wise to check and make sure you have a working valet switch. If you do not, we can provide that as well. Programming instructions and free phone tech support are included with each part.

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Replacement Remote Key Fob for Avital (DEI) Remote Access 2 System

A website visitor contacted Remotes Unlimited to ask if we could help him with a replacement remote key fob for his old Avital Remote Access 2 add-on system. Here is our response:

The Avital Remote Access 2 system uses our transmitter 223-1223, which sells for $59.00. You can see and purchase the remote at the following link:
Remote 223-1223 for Avital Remote Access 2 system

You should be able to program the system yourself to accept the new remote. We provide programming instructions and free tech support with purchase. Programming this system requires a working valet (shut-off) switch and it is helpful to have a working siren as well.

(One additional note: our 223-1223 remote may say Clifford on it. Clifford and Avital are 2 brands owned and marketed by Direct Electronics (DEI). They sold identical systems under both brands. I don’t think we have any parts left that say Avital on them, but we can check. Most of our 223-1223 parts have the Clifford brand.)

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Did You Know . . . Key Fobs May Need Different Replacement Cases Depending on the FCC ID of the Original Remote?

One of the best investments you can make is a replacement case for an old worn keyless entry remote that is still working. The new case will not only make your remote look like new, it can protect it from dirt and water better than a worn case that may have cracks or tears in the button pad. Keyless entry circuit boards often last a very long time if they are protected from environmental threats. Also, many people are walking around with a remote loose in their pocket because the key ring loop has broken. A new case will allow you to put that remote back where it belongs . . . on the key ring.

What many people do not know is that it can be important to pay attention when replacing a remote case because not all remotes used on a given vehicle are created equal. For instance, from 1998 through 2010, Ford used keyless entry fobs on the popular F-150 truck that are electronically the same but physically different. The first generation of trucks used remotes supplied by TRW with FCC ID GQ43VT11T. However, Ford later shifted to remotes supplied by Alps Electronics. There were several different generations of Alps remotes, all with FCC ID starting with CWT. While the TRW and Alps remotes work interchangeably on Ford trucks, they are slightly different in physical dimensions and design. So, a replacement case that fits a GQ43VT11T remote likely will not fit well on a CWT key fob.

Remotes Unlimited sells different replacement cases for these two parts. The replacement case for original remotes with FCC ID GQ43VT11T is CASE-FO333. You can see and buy this part at the following link:
Replacement Case for 3-button Ford remote with FCC ID GQ43VT11T

The replacement case for original remotes with FCC ID GQ43VT11T is CASE-FO31. You can see and buy this part at the following link:
Replacement Case for 3-button Ford Remote with FCC ID starting with ‘CWT’

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Replacement Keyless Entry Remote for 2009 Nissan Titan

A recent website inquiry asked what remote transmitter was used on a 2009 Nissan Titan equipped with a factory keyless entry system. The original key fob used on that vehicle was Nissan part number 28268-EA00A, but that remote has been replaced by Nissan part 28268-ZT03A. The Remotes Unlimited replacement transmitter is our part number 503-1503. You can see and buy this key fob at the following link:
RUI replacement remote for 2009 Nissan Titan

As you can see from the linked page, the 4-button remote transmitter CPR-8504 will also work for the Titan. CPR-8504 is sold in most Advance Auto and Pep Boys stores at a price well below Nissan’s dealer list price. If remote CPR-8504, the trunk button will serve no function. All Nissan and Infiniti vehicles that use either of these key fobs can be programmed by the user to accept a new remote.

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CrimeStopper (Cool Start) Remote Transmitter CS34-II.TX with FCC ID M65TX605

A website visitor recently sent an information request about his CrimeStopper alarm system. He did not state the system model in his request, but he did say his key fob was remote transmitter part CS34-IITX with FCC ID M65TX605. Here is our response to the inquiry:

The Remotes Unlimited part number for this part is 772-1772 (link). It is no longer made but, as you can see if you click on the link, we offer both a B-Grade (gently used) remote and an alternative CrimeStopper part as replacements.

To locate a manual for your system, you should find the system model number of your system. It is probably a RS-900 system or a CS-2011xx system. The CrimeStopper website main URL is www.crimestopper.com.

If you click around on the CrimeStopper site, you can get to a listing for public manuals at the link Public Manuals.
I am not sure if you will find your model listed or not.

Remotes Unlimited can help you with phone tech support. However, if you have not purchased a part from us, we do charge for tech support service. To explore this option, call Remotes Unlimited at 281-820-0300 and choose option 3 for tech support. Our tech support hours are 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday.

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Marksman (Magnadyne) Remote Key Fob with FCC ID H5OT12

A site visitor recently asked if we could replace his old Marksman remote transmitter with FCC ID H5OT12. That remote is no longer made, but it can be replaced by a newer Marksman remote with FCC ID H5OT21. You can see both remotes at the following link:
Marksman remotes

The customer also asked about programming his system to accept the new remote. Programming Magnadyne alarm systems is accomplished through the valet (shut-off) switch. If you do not have a working valet switch, Remotes Unlimited can provide that with the replacement transmitter. It is also helpful to have a working siren for the system because the audible chirps provide feedback during the programming process for a replacement transmitter.

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Self-programming of Toyota Remote Key Fobs with FCC ID GQ43VT20T

It seems Toyota Tundra engineers went a little bonkers with respect to self-programming of factory keyless entry remotes a decade ago. Toyota used keyfobs with FCC ID GQ43VT20T on many vehicles from as early as 2004 to as late as 2017. This family of remote transmitters was used on Avalon and Solara sedans, Sienna vans, Highlander and Sequoia SUVs and Tacoma and Tundra trucks. In short, they appear on a lot of vehicles. See the many GQ43VT20T remote button configurations at the following link: Toyota Remotes with FCC ID GQ43VT20T
For many vehicle model years, these parts are user-programmable, meaning that an owner can program the vehicle him or herself to add a new remote transmitter. Up until the 2008 model year, every vehicle that used this part was user programmable. Then, for some unknown reason, Toyota changed something so that 2008 Tundras require a special computer “scan” tool for programming. The following year, Toyota switched back so that 2009 Tundra trucks were again user programmable. And then, in 2010, they switched back for good to requiring scan tool programming. This kind of flip-flopping is very unusual in the auto industry, though not unprecedented.

Maybe Toyota engineers just want to keep us all on our toes?!

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GM’s Confusing Practice: Look-a-Like Remote Key Fobs That Are Not Interchangeable

Many vehicle manufacturers and add-on (aftermarket) alarm companies have made it a practice to employ remote transmitters that look identical with each other while not being interchangeable in use. GM is perhaps the worst offender in terms of doing this.

We recently received an email from a consumer who bought a replacement GM remote with OE part number 20935330, thinking it would work for the identical-looking key fob on her Buick Lacrosse. When it could not be programmed to work with her vehicle, she contacted us. Here is our response:

“You are correct that GM part 20935330 (equivalent to Remotes Unlimited part 814-1814) looks like the 4-button remote you need for your 2007 Buick LaCrosse, but, instead, your vehicle uses GM part 15252034 (Remotes Unlimited part 717-1717). In that period, Buick Allure and LaCrosse sedans used remotes made by Lear with FCC ID KOBGT04A. Part 20935330 is made by Omron and has an FCC ID beginning with OUC. This part was used on Buick Lucerne, but never on Allure or LaCrosse cars.”

Actually, GM created an even more confusing situation a few years before with the 2005 Buick LaCrosse and several other sedans. They installed systems, on the same model and in the same year, that both used identical remotes with FCC ID KOBGT04A, but which are not interchangeable. While some 2005 LaCrosse vehicles use part 15252034, others use GM part number 22733523 or 10305091 (Remotes Unlimited part 508-1508).

Go figure. Maybe GM is intentionally working to make life hard for their customers . . . or maybe they are just driving up inventory for their dealers. Who knows?

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