An Overview of Keyless Remotes

I’ve been an automotive locksmith for over 35 years, and keyless remotes have been around for about half of that time. Through the years, I have learned that only two rules apply when it comes to working with keyless remotes: There are no...


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In the “Remote Controls” menu, select Chrysler and then select the appropriate vehicle (PT Cruiser) as shown in photos 23 and 24. You will then be instructed to turn on the ignition and press any key on the machine as shown in photo 25. At this point, you will be informed that the vehicle will only accept four RKE transmitters as shown in photo 26. The number of remotes that can be programmed into a vehicle will vary according to the make and model of the vehicle.

Next, you will be instructed to press any button on the remote to program that remote into the vehicle. A chime will sound from under the dash to indicate the remote was successfully programmed. (On some vehicles the power door locks will cycle to indicate successful programming.) You can now add as many as three more remotes by pressing any button on the remote that you wish to add. Unplug the machine to complete the programming.

Many new vehicles use an integrated remote such as those shown in photo 27. These keys contain a transponder that must be programmed into the vehicle as well as a remote transmitter. Depending on the vehicle, the remote may have to be programmed separately, or it may be programmed at the same time as the transponder.

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