The age of the automotive remote is upon us. Just about every new vehicle is equipped with a remote as most vehicles began eliminating the passenger door lock in the late 1990s. It seems the only cars that do not have remotes as standard equipment are the less expensive, base models, those...
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The age of the automotive remote is upon us. Just about every new vehicle is equipped with a remote as most vehicles began eliminating the passenger door lock in the late 1990s. It seems the only cars that do not have remotes as standard equipment are the less expensive, base models, those equipped with a manual transmission and hand crank windows.
Vehicle entry remotes like any other electronic device have two issues. First, the battery begins to lose charge. Instead of immediately replacing the battery, the user pushes harder to get that extra bit necessary to unlock the vehicle. Unfortunately pushing harder and harder can damage the circuit board, solving the battery problem.
A second problem is the remotes have a limited operational life. With the economy and employment issues, people are keeping their vehicles for a longer time. According to R. L. Polk, March 30, 2010 the average age of cars are 10.6 years and trucks are 10.2 years. (Web Site: https://www.polk.com/company/news/polk_finds_more_vehicles_scrapped_than_added_to_fleet)
This combination of factors makes vehicle entry remote replacements a necessity. People have several choices. They can go to the dealership and pay a premium price, order the remote through the Internet or go to a locksmith.
Most consumers are not “do it yourselfers.” This limits the number of people who will order the remote through mail order or the Internet, as the remote must be programmed to the vehicle.
The car dealers have a recommended price, usually quite steep.
The locksmith becomes the reasonable alternative as locksmiths can sell original equipment and aftermarket vehicle entry remotes.
For this article, we will discuss the KeylessRide K2 Forge Universal Keyless Entry Remotes. According to KeylessRide, these rolling code technology remotes are compatible with approximately 70 percent of the North American vehicles equipped with a vehicle entry remote. According to the K2 Forge Application Guide version 1.0, e more than 850 make, model and year vehicles can be forged at the time of writing this article.
KeylessRide K2 Forge remotes are non-vehicle or manufacturer specific, which means the one vehicle entry remote can be programmed to any of the compatible vehicles. The K2 Forge eliminates the need to stock specific model remotes or explain to the customer it will be several days until their remote can be obtained.
The K2 Forge comes as a printed circuit board (PCB), shell and generic rubber pad. To set up a K2 Forge remote to operate a specific vehicle, there are 19 different button rubber pad configurations. The button configurations range from a two-button, up to a six-button vehicle remote. Depending upon the features of the vehicle, the rubber pad can have lock, unlock, alarm, trunk open, tailgate window, tailgate open, tailgate close and/or remote start. To create functional similarity for the K2 Forge remote with the original equipment remote, the Application Guide includes the appropriate button configuration part number.
The “magic” behind the printed circuit board is that when a particular vehicle, model and year are chosen, the programmer downloads the proper software for the K2 Forge remote to operate those functions available with the vehicle.
For this article, I was loaned a KeylessRide K2 Forge Starter Kit. The kit contains programmer base and cable, seven K2 Forge circuit boards, batteries and shells, software and the accessories assortment.
Programming is accomplished by using a Windows-based computer. The requirements are minimal: XP, Vista, or Windows 7, 1GB RAM, 20 MB available hard drive space, a USB port and a high speed Internet connection. From this kit, seven remotes can be programmed and assembled.
I was given the opportunity to program two K2 Forge remotes, each with two vehicles. The vehicles are a 2003 Honda Civic and a 2002 Honda CR-V. The end users liked the idea of having only one remote with the capability to remotely unlock either vehicle. The two remotes and the two keys as well as the required keys were a problem for the vehicle owners when trying to carry everything in a pants pocket or small purse.
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