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How do you program a keyless entry remote?

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The correct way to program a keyless entry remote depends upon the make, model and year of the vehicle. A number of online services provide do-it-yourself keyless entry remote programming instructions, such as Keyless Ride, ProgramYourRemote.com and Keyless Entry Remote Inc.

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Keyless Ride offers on-demand, do-it-yourself keyless entry remote programming procedures sent to clients by email. It also provides the service of toll-free phone assistance from its expert technical support staff. To locate the correct keyless entry programming instructions, select the make, year and model of your vehicle from the search tool menu.

The website ProgramYourRemote.com offers free keyless entry remote programming instructions for a range of cars and trucks. To access the correct instructions, select the make of your vehicle from the menu on the left, and then select the correct model.

Keyless Entry Remote Inc. offers both factory-issued remote programming instructions and aftermarket remote programming instructions. Use the factory-issued keyless entry remote search bar to find your vehicle by either year, make or model, or use the aftermarket manufacturer search bar to search by the name of the manufacturer. Further keyless entry remote programming instructions are found on the Keyless Entry Remote Inc. log, and other instructions are available by directly emailing the site's support team.

To program a GM vehicle without VIC, sit inside the vehicle with all the doors closed and unlocked. Insert the key into the ignition, but do not turn the key. Press the driver door unlock switch, and without letting go, turn the ignition key on and off three times, just as far as it will go before actually starting the engine. If the program mode activates, the doors will lock and unlock one time upon releasing the driver door unlock switch. Otherwise, repeat the process.

To program a Toyota keyless entry remote, quickly insert and remove the key from the ignition twice. Close and open the driver side door twice, then insert and remove the key from the ignition once. Again, close and open the driver side door twice, then insert the key again but do not remove it. Close the driver door, then quickly turn the ignition switch on and off three times to enter Confirmation mode. When you remove the key from the ignition, the power locks will lock and unlock three times to confirm that it is in Confirmation mode. Open the driver's door to complete the process.

For vehicles other than a GM or Toyota, it's best to review the owner's manual, as these often come with step-by-step instructions for the procedure.

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