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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Both of these vehicle’s remotes are On-Board Programming (OBP) capable. Just about all automotive keyless entry remotes are either OBP or require a programming device (scan tool) to program them to a vehicle. Some can be programmed using either method.
K2 Forge Software
The first step to programming a K2 Forge remote is to install the software onto the computer. Follow the step-by-step directions in the manual or provided CD.
Once successfully logged in, the K2 Program window appears on the screen. I inserted the printed circuit board into the programmer in the proper direction (LED facing away from screen) and side (battery side down), matching the illustration on the programmer’s front. Make certain the PCB is properly seated in order to make a good connection and let the cover door close slowly. The green LED should illuminate. If the red LED illuminates, the PCB is not properly seated.
When the green LED illuminates, choose the first vehicle year, make and model. Depending upon the number of remotes available for this particular vehicle, it may be necessary to select a remote different than the default. For the 2003 Honda Civic, there are two remotes. The default remote, 6370, was the correct remote. It was identified by the FCC ID as indicated by the Special Notes in the Application Guide. Other remotes can be identified visually by the configuration of the customer’s remote. KeylessRide offers technical support as an alternative.
Once the first vehicle has been chosen, the programming method is displayed in the window. At this time, if it is only one OBP vehicle being programmed, the programming instructions can be viewed and printed.
I then entered the second vehicle’s information, which was also On-Board Programming. The programming method is the same for both vehicles.
I then pressed the Forge button and the remote circuit board was programmed for the two Honda vehicles. Programming took a few minutes, less if only one vehicle is programmed into the circuit board. I forged a second remote so each person had a remote. When two vehicles are programmed into the circuit board, the first vehicle is always the operational remote.
The next step is to install the battery onto the circuit board. If properly programmed, when you install the battery, the LED flashes green and red to indicate operation.
Assembling The Remotes
Next, assemble the remotes. The K2 Forge comes with a generic rubber pad. As an alternative, specific application rubber pads are available in the KeylessRide Accessories Kit. For this application, I chose the proper three-button rubber pad, number 4B for the 2003 Honda Civic. The correct rubber pad is indicated in the Application Guide under the “BTN CONFIG”. The 2002 Honda CR-V used the 4C, a four-button rubber pad.
Note: When two vehicles are programmed, unless both vehicles have the same number and button configuration, there is a choice of the vehicle with the fewer features using the button pad for the vehicle or the button pad for the vehicle with the greater number of buttons.
The rubber pad is slid over the circuit board with the LED facing the clear end of the pad. The LED flashes when a button is pressed, giving visual indication of operation. The clear end of the pad aligns with the notched end of the shell. The clear tab on the pad slides into the opening in the cover of the shell. The two halves are pressed together and snap into place.
Because these two remotes have only three or four buttons, they can use the four button face for the front of the shell. The four-button face covers the area where the fifth and sixth buttons would be.
Note: A coin slot in the end contains the opening for the key ring. To disassemble the K2 Forge, slide a penny into the slot and twist gently. The two halves of the remote separate for disassembly.
To program the remotes to the vehicles, I began with the number one vehicle, the Honda Civic. According to the programming sheet I printed, the system will accept up to three remotes.
When the vehicle’s onboard computer system enters the programming mode; all learned remote codes are erased, enabling new codes to be recorded. This means that all remotes must be available and programmed at the same time.
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