Key Fob Programing Instructions for Buick, Chevy, Cadillac

DIY Cost: $25-$60
Est. Time: 40-45 min
Difficulty: Easy
Learn how to program a new Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet key fob without having to go to the dealer. This procedure works if you have lost all keys or want to add a spare key. Programming a new key takes about 40 minutes.  

The following procedure applies to most 2015 and newer Buick / Chevy / Cadillac vehicles equipped with keyless start. 

You will need to perform this procedure if you have one key and want to add more keys. 

You can also use this procedure if you have lost all keys and are looking to program a new key. 

If you don't have an emergency key, purchase the metal key from the dealer, and the keyfobs can be purchased online for less. 

Application

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These instructions apply to most 2015 and newer vehicles equipped with a push START button, a keyless entry with smart keys shown above. 

These instructions apply to many GM models, including:

  • GMC,
  • Buick,
  • Cadillac,
  • Chevrolet (Chevy).

This does not apply to vehicles that do not have a keyless start. 

Procedure

  1. Remove the emergency key from the key fob.Removing the metal key on the key fob.

     

  2. Remove the cap from the driver's door lock cylinder to manually open the door. The door handle on the driver's door has a small hole underneath. Insert the emergency key blade and push it up to pop out the key cover and expose the lock ccylinder to manually open the door. The door handle on the driver's door has a small hole underneath. Insert the emergency key blade and push it up to pop out the key cover and expose the lock cylindercylinder.Removing the cap on the door handle to expose the lock cylinder.

     

  3. Insert the emergency key in the driver's door lock cylinder and twist it counterclockwise five times (quicylinder and twist it counterclockwise five times (quickly). Inserting the metal key to the lock on the driver's door.

     

  4. The dashboard ( also known as Driver Information Center or DIC) will show Ready for Programing.Remote Learn Pending.  
  5. Press the START/STOP button on the dashboard once and set a timer on your phone for 10 minutes. Wait until 10 minutes have passed. Repeat this procedure three times.Press the start/stop button once. You will have to wait a total of 30 minutes before you can program a new keyfob. Setting the 10 minute timer on the cell phone.

     

  6. The Driver Information Center will show READY FOR REMOTE #1 after you repeat step five three times and have waited for 30 minutes. At this point, all the remotes are erased, and you can start programming the new key fob. 
  7. Put the key into the transmitter pocket located on the center console. In some models, the transmitter pocket is inside the armrest. Lift the armrest and find the transmitter location. On Chevrolet vehicles, the transmitter location is typically in the cupholder. If you are not sure, see the section on your owner's manual on starting the car when the key fob is dead.Put the key into the transmitter pocket.  
  8.  Press the START/STOP button on the dashboard once. Key will be recognized by the vehicle.Pressing the START/STOP button.

     

  9. Remove the key from the transmitter pocket.
  10. If you have more keys to the program, insert the following key in the transmitter pocket, then press START/STOP again on the dashboard.
  11. Repeat step ten to program more keys. 
  12. Once you are done with programming, press and hold the START/STOP button for 15 seconds to exit the programming mode.Press and hold the START or STOP button for 12 seconds.

     

  13. Test all the remotes. You should be able to lock, unlock the vehicle, and also start the engine

Keep in mind that if you have a working remote, you will need to include it in the programing steps above, or the original remote will not work. 

This procedure will work if you have lost all keys or have only one key and want to add a second keyfob. You can program a GM smart key yourself if you have one emergency (metal blade found inside the keyfob) to manually unlock the driver's door.

Will a keyfob that I buy online work? 

Yes. Open up your existing remove and look up the FDIC number printed on the inside of the keyfob.

If you have lost all the keys, get your VIN and call your dealer. Ask for a key quote and ask for the key fob part number. 

I have a working remote; will this work add a second one? 

Yes. You can use this procedure to add a second remote. 

I already have a working remote; do I need to go through all the steps? 

Yes, you need to go through all the steps. 

Which models do these instructions apply? 

These instructions apply to most GM vehicles from 2014 and up that have a keyless start. For example, Buick Enclave, Cadillac XTS. 

Do you have to have the key cut to program a new keyfob? 

You need at least one cut metal key. The metal (emergency) key in the second or spare key fob does not need to be cut or match the vehicle for this procedure to work. 

Applications

These instructions apply to most GM vehicles from 2014 and up that have a keyless start. For example, Buick Enclave, Cadillac XTS. 

 


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Key Fob Programing Instructions for Buick, Chevy, Cadillac The following procedure applies to most 2015 and newer Buick / Chevy / Cadillac vehicles equipped with keyless start.  You will need to perform this procedure if you have one key and want to add more keys.  You can also use this procedure if you have lost all keys and are looking to program a new key.