Instructions for programming GM cars' keyless-entry remote control vary widely, even within a given make and model. For example, Chevrolet cars have no fewer than 16 sets of instructions for their cars, none of which are interchangeable. Some use a wire in the boot, some use a data port under the steering wheel, some require buttons to be pressed simultaneously on the remote, and others require the key to be turned a certain number of times. Given the cost of having a GM dealership do the programming for you---upwards of £65 per remote---finding out the instructions for your car can save you a significant amount of money in labour costs.
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Look up your GM car's make, model and year at programyourremote.com. This is by far the first place to look, if you don't have the instructions in your owner's manual. The site has around three dozen makes and breaks down the instructions by model and model year. Navigation of the site is self-explanatory.
Find your GM car's manual on ownersmanualsource.com. The GM cars featured there are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Saturn. Navigation of the site is self-explanatory.
Call around to different GM dealerships, but only as a last resort. You may want to call dealers outside of your area, eliminating their motive to withhold programming instructions in order to rope you into the store for them to perform the service.
Tips and warnings
- If none of the above works for you, and you want to search online on your own, helpful keywords are "program," "keyless" and your car's model name.
- Some model-year combinations don't have instructions the owner can use. The dealership must perform the programming. This is true of many Buick models, for example.
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