HomeLink works in vehicle... unable to program hand held or remot
Homelink works in vehicle for past year. Hand held came with opener, yet it won't learn the code. Outside mounted remote, will not learn codes. Have 1255R unit. I push and hold remote button (new battery) and press and release Learn button. Learn light stays lit for 30 seconds or so, and nothing happens. Neither remote or mounted wireless entry will work with unit. They used to work. both have brand new batteries. The Homelink in car still works fine. It's like the opener just won't learn any new codes????? I don't want to erase all codes as then my homelink may not work again.
Re: HomeLink works in vehicle... unable to program hand...
I have had this same issue. You need to train your remote. Use a ladder and go up on the unit and press the button once and it will light up and then keep the garage door remote press and aimed at the unit until the light on the unit starts flashing and then it will be programmed. I just know this from experience and using a lot of Homelinks in my cars and then having to program my garage door openers.
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The control is made by HomeLink. You can find instructions on how to program your specific type of garage door here:
Here are the basic steps for a "Genie" garage door opener:
For first time training, press and hold the two outer HomeLink
buttons, releasing only when the HomeLink indicator light begins to
flash, which may take up to 20 seconds. (Do not perform this step when
training the additional HomeLink buttons.)
Press the appropriate HomeLink button I, II or III which you want
to train and keep holding it until the indicator light starts flashing
slowly. Once the indicator light starts flashing slowly, you may release
the button. HomeLink is now in "training mode."You will now have 5
minutes to train your hand-held transmitter to the HomeLink transmitter
in the bumper.
Stand in front of your vehicle with the original hand-held
transmitter for the garage door opener (or other device) that you wish
to train.The transmitter unit to be trained is located in the bumper
about 4 inches to the left of the vehicle's center.
Hold the original hand-held transmitter between 0-12 inches from
your car's bumper. NOTE: The distance between the hand-held transmitter
and the HomeLink transmitter unit in the bumper depends on the system
being trained. It may require several attempts at different distances in
order to pick up the signal.
Now press and hold the button on your original garage door
transmitter while keeping your fog lights in view. The fog lights will
blink three times to indicate that the training has been
successful.NOTE: If the training time exceeds the five minutes, the fog
lights blink once. If this happens, you should repeat steps 2 to 5.
Press and hold the trained HomeLink button and observe the indicator light.
If the indicator light is solid/continuous, training is
complete and your device should activate when the HomeLink button is
pressed and released.
If the indicator light blinks rapidly for 2 seconds and then
turns a solid/continuous light, proceed with Steps 7-9 for a rolling
code device. A second person may make the following steps easier.
Please use a ladder or other device; do not stand on your vehicle to
perform the next steps.
At the receiver (motorhead unit) in the garage, locate the "learn"
or "smart" button (usually near where the hanging antenna wire is
attached to the unit). If there is difficulty locating the training
button, reference the garage door opener's manual.
Press and release the "learn" or "smart" button (the name and
color of the button may vary by manufacturer). NOTE: Once the button is
pressed, you have approximately 30 seconds to initiate the next step.
Return to the vehicle and firmly press and hold the trained
HomeLink button for two seconds and release. Repeat the
"press/hold/release" sequence up to 3 times to complete the training
Programming the HomeLink Transmitter Do not use the HomeLink Transmitter with any garage door opener that does not have the stop and reverse feature. This includes any garage door opener model manufactured before April 1, 1982. Be sure that people and objects are clear of the garage door you are programming. It is recommended that a new battery be installed in your hand-held transmitter for quicker and more accurate transmission of the radio frequency. Your vehicle's engine should be turned off while programming the transmitter. Follow these steps to program up to three channels: 1. Decide which one of the three channels (one of the HomeLink buttons) you want to program. 2. Press and hold the desired button on HomeLink through Step 3. 3. When the HomeLink indicator light begins to blink slowly (this may take up to 30 seconds), hold the hand-held transmitter about 1 to 3 inches (3 to 8 cm) away from HomeLink and then press and hold the transmit button on the hand-held transmitter. Continue to hold both buttons until the indicator light on HomeLink begins to flash rapidly (this may take up to 90 seconds). If you have trouble programming HomeLink, make sure that you have followed the directions exactly as described and that the battery in the hand-held transmitter is not weak. If you still cannot program it, move the hand-held transmitter to the left or right or forward or backward or flip it upside down. HomeLink may not work with older garage door openers that do not meet current Federal Consumer Safety Standards. If you cannot program the transmitter after repeated attempts, refer to "Training a Garage Door Opener with Rolling Codes" later in this section or contact the manufacturer of HomeLink at 1-800-355-3515, or on the internet at www.homelink.com. Be sure to keep the original hand-held transmitter in case you need to erase and reprogram HomeLink.
Training a Garage Door Opener with a "Rolling Code" Feature (If Equipped) If you have not previously programmed the hand-held transmitter to HomeLink, see "Programming the HomeLink Transmitter" listed previously. If you have completed this programming already, you now need to train the garage door opener motor head unit to recognize HomeLink. 1. Find the "Learn" or "Smartbutton" on the garage door opener motor head unit. The exact location and color will vary by garage door opener brand. If you have difficulty finding the Learn or Smart button, refer to your garage door opener owner's manual or contact the manufacturer of HomeLink at 1-800-355-3515, or on the internet at www.homelink.com. Because of the steps involved, it may be helpful to have another person assist in programming the transmitter. 2. Press the Learn or Smart button on the garage door opener motor head unit. An indicator light will begin to flash when the motor head unit enters the training mode. Following this step, you have 30 seconds to start Step 3. 3. Return to HomeLink in your vehicle and firmly press and release the programmed HomeLink button three times. The rolling-code garage door opener should now recognize HomeLink. You may either use HomeLink or the hand-held transmitter to open the garage door. If after following these instructions, you still have problems training the garage door opener, contact the manufacturer of HomeLink at 1-800-355-3515, or on the internet at www.homelink.com. www.gmcextendedwarranty.com
If this is the 3 button HomeLink Transmitter usually centered overhead above the rear-view mirror, this should work:
While the engine is turned off follow these steps to program up to three channels: 1. Decide which one of the 3 channels (one of the 3 HomeLink buttons) you want to program. 2. Press & hold the desired button through step 3. 3. When the HomeLink indicator light begins to blink slowly(this may take up to 30 seconds), hold your hand-held garage door remote about 1 to 3 inches away from the buttons & then press and hold the button on your garage door remote. Continue to hold both buttons until the indicator light on the HomeLink begins to flash rapidly(this may take up to 90 seconds).
If it still doesn't work, make sure the batteries in your garage remote are not weak, and try again moving the remote back & forth and left & right or turning it upside down while programming.
Also note HomeLink will not work with older garage door openers, especially not with ones manufactured before April 1st 1982.
Detail Instructions from the owner's manual
1. Turn off engine
2. Prepare transmitter by erasing all three of the factory default
channels by holding down the two outside buttons until the red light
begins to flash. Release both buttons.
3. Hold the end of your hand-held transmitter (garage door
remote) against the Homelink transmitter keeping the red light within
the Homelink icon in view.
4. Using both hands push the hand-held transmitter button and
the deisre button to be programmed on the Homelink transmitter. Do not
release the buttons at this time.
5. Hold down both buttons until the red light on the universal
transmitter flashes, first slowly then rapidly. When the light flashes
rapidly, release both buttons.
To program the remaining two buttons, follow steps 3-5.
NOTE: Some vehicles may
require the ignition to be turned on or to the second (or"accessory")
position for programming and/or operation of HomeLink. It is also
recommended that a new battery be replaced in the hand held transmitter
of the device being programmed to HomeLink for quicker training and
accurate transmission of the radio frequency. Please use a ladder and
do not stand on your vehicle during the programming steps for a rolling
Rolling Code Programming:
1. Press and hold the two outer HomeLink buttons until the indicator
light begins to flash (after 20 seconds). Do not hold for longer than
30 seconds. Do not repeat this step to program additional HomeLink
2. Place the hand-held remote 1-3 inches from the HomeLink button you want to program.
3. Simultaneously, press and hold both the HomeLink and hand-held
remote buttons. Do not release either button until step 4 has been
completed. (If you reside in Canada, refer to the "NOTE" below.)
4. When the indicator light changes from a slow blink to a rapid flash, release both buttons.
5. At the garage door opener receiver (motorhead unit) in the garage,
locate the"learn" or "smart" button (usually near where the hanging
antenna wire is attached).
6. Press and release this "learn" or "smart" button. (The name of these
buttons vary by manufacturer.) There are 30 seconds in which to
initiate step 7.
7. Firmly press, hold for two seconds, and release the programmed
HomeLink button. Do this procedure again and, depending on the make of
your garage door opener, do this procedure a third time to complete the
The garage should now activate when the programmed HomeLink button is
firmly pressed and released. If not, give us a call or refer to the
"Troubleshooting Tips" noted below. NOTE: If you reside in
Canada, replace step three with the following: Press and hold the
desired HomeLink button and "cycle" the hand-held remote. To cycle:
Press and release the hand-held remote button every two seconds until
the indicator light changes from a slow blink to a rapid flash(step
** Check the frequency of the garage door opener's hand-held remote
(usually found on the back). HomeLink is compatible with
radio-frequency devices operating between 288-399 Mhz.
** Put a brand new, store bought battery in the hand held remote.
During the programming process (step three above) the battery's energy
tends to drain (more so with an older battery). A new battery will
increase the speed and accuracy in which the hand-held remote sends its
signal to HomeLink.
** Retrain HomeLink holding the hand-held remote at different lengths
and angles from the HomeLink button you are trying to program (during
programming step three). Try 4-6 inches away at a different angle.
** Confirm that the HomeLink button you are trying to program is in the
"programming mode". Press and hold the desired button. The indicator
light will be a slow blink when HomeLink is in the "programming" mode
and can be programmed at any time.
Verifying HomeLink has picked up a rolling code signal:
** Press and hold the programmed HomeLink button. If the indicator
light blinks rapidly for two seconds and turns solid, HomeLink has
successfully picked up the rolling code signal. If necessary, proceed
with steps 5-7 noted above to complete the rolling code programming.
The only way to program Homelink without a garage door opener remote is if you have a keypad that allows access to your garage. I tried EVERYTHING and then realized I had the keypad which is wireless; I simply unscrewed the battery operated keypad from its location and held it 1"-3" from the Homelink buttons in my car. I then punched in my code and held the enter button on the keypad at the same time as the Homelink button I wished to program. It worked flawlessly. Good Luck!!!!
Program a previously trained homelink button as follows... 1. Press and hold the desired pre-programmed HomeLink button for at least 20 seconds (but no longer than 30 seconds) until the indicator light begins to flash. Without releasing the HomeLink button, position the hand-held transmitter 1-3 inches away from the homeLink surface keeping the HomeLink indicator light in view. 2. Using both hands, simultaneously press and hold both the desired HomeLink button and hand held transmitter button (or press and "cycle" - as described in "Gate and Canadian programming"). DO NOT release until the HomeLink indicator light flashes slowly and then rapidly. When the indicator light flashes rapidly, both buttons may be released. (The rapid flashing indicates successful programming) The previous device has now been erased and the new device can be activated by pushing the HomeLink button that has just been programmed. however, it may be necessary to follow steps 5-7 of the "programming" section to complete the rolling code training. This procedure will not affect any other programmed HomeLink buttons.
1. Press and hold the two outer HomeLink buttons, and
release only when the indicator light begins to flash (after
20 seconds). Do not hold the buttons for longer than 30
seconds and do not repeat step one to program a second
and/or third hand-held transmitter to the remaining two
2. Position the end of your hand-held transmitter 1-3
inches (3-8 cm) away from the HomeLink buttons while
keeping the indicator light in view.
3. Simultaneously press and hold both the HomeLink
button that you want to train and the hand-held transmitter
buttons. Do not release the buttons until step 4
has been completed.
4. The HomeLink indicator light will flash slowly and
then rapidly after HomeLink successfully receives the
frequency signal from the hand-held transmitter. Release
both buttons after the indicator light changes from the
slow to the rapid flash.
5. Press and hold the just trained HomeLink button and
observe the indicator light. If the indicator light stays on
constantly, programming is complete and your device
should activate when the HomeLink button is pressed
The built-in system in your '98 Jeep is made by a company called
"HomeLink", a subsidiary of Johnson Controls Inc. The website,
www.homelink.com, has a walk through tutorial that should do the trick.
It's a matter of taking and existing hand-held remote control for your
opener, pressing and holding its button, and pressing and holding the
button you wish to use in the visor at the same time (with the remote
positioned very close to the visor). The appropriate flashes on the LED
above the row of three buttons will let you know when the HomeLink
system is set up. Depending on you opener, you may then need to locate
a "learn" button on the overhead garage door opener mechanism, and
program the HomeLink system into the opener's memory.