A customer recently called us to say that they were having trouble programming their replacement remote. The problem, as it turned out, was that they could not get their vehicle to go into programming mode. Our technician helped them over the phone to go through the on-board programming steps carefully. After several attempts, they were able to get the vehicle to enter programming mode, at which point the new remote was programmed by pressing a single button.
For some vehicles with on-board programming capability, it can be difficult to get the vehicle into programming mode. This has nothing to do with the remote; it is a function of the control module in the vehicle. In many cases, we have found that the vehicle will go into programming mode eventually.
The single most common issue faced is performing the procedure quickly enough. Most programming sequences have a time limit. We recommend that a customer read the instructions all of the way through first, before starting the programming procedure. Also, practice makes perfect. So do not give up after a single attempt. Try a few times so that you remember the steps without having to refer constantly to the instruction sheet. Also, between attempts, be sure to reset the system. Usually this is done by: (1) removing the key completely from the ignition; (2) opening and closing the car door; and (3) cycling the power door locks. Good luck and, if you are a Remotes Unlimited customer, we are here to help you over the phone.