Just bought a used car and this remote was on the key ring from the dealer and they did'nt know how to program. Are they any good or do they go bad after a while? I would like it to work. I have a 2004 Saturn Vue. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks, Brian
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You need to get an aftermarket coded key which can be cut by the serial number of the vehicle. You need to be a locksmith to get the cut codes or know a locksmith. Then you have to get the car to the dealer and have the key programmed using the Tech 2 scanner.
You can take the car to the dealer and have them give you a key, programmed and everything but it will cost around $300 for the 1st key.
I bought a 2001 Catera for $1,500.00 because it had no keys.
I used serial number to get key codes and cut the key; doors opened and seller retrieved her personal stuff. I towed car to dealership and had the key programmed; $130 for 10 minutes work (min 1 hour shop charge). I then programmed 3 more keys (using a key code reader) instead of letting the dealership rape me.
BTW, they (dealer) also want $350 for a programmed door remote; the stock remote! Instead, I bought a remote starter unit (Bulldog) with 2 remote fobs for $100 and now my wife can start and find her car easily.
There is a software that needs to be downloaded to the car. When the
remote is purchased at the dealer it comes in a plastic package. That
plastic package has a sticker on it. The sticker contains id codes.
There are two codes one is 16 digits/letters and the second one is 8 digits/letters.
Without this sticker the dealership can not program the remote/key to
the car. If you buy a key elsewhere, make sure it has the codes included.
Unfortunately you cannot program a remote yourself.
Most security systems will only allow a certain number of remotes to be programmed into the "brain" mounted under the dash. It could be that in trying to program your remote, the "brain" has accepted it's limit. Try to clear or reset the brain then start over.
Did you install this unit yourself? If so, there should be an 800 number on the manual for tech support.
If you had it installed by a professional, will they walk you through any problems?
It should be hit the unlock button 3 times, open and close the door 3 times, the locks will operate themselves twice. Hit the unlock button on the remote and it should program. you should try a remote from the dealer not from ebay.