How to Program a Mini Cooper Ignition Key

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How to Program a Mini Cooper Ignition Key
The Mini Cooper offers keyless entry as one of its many upgrades. (mini_1 image by maxuser from

The Mini Cooper was introduced in 1959. Since then the Mini Cooper has had many upgrades, one being keyless entry. If you need to reprogram a key--whether the key deprogrammed itself after a battery replacement, or if you lost your keys and need to program a new one--programming a Mini Cooper key is simple and takes only a few minutes.

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Things you need

  • Pre-cut key with built-in keypad

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  1. 1

    Insert the newly cut key into the driver-side door's lock, but do not turn the key. There is a chip inside of the key that will sync it to the vehicle.

  2. 2

    Press button "1" and release it immediately.

  3. 3

    Repeat Step 2 three more times, for a total of four.

  4. 4

    Remove the key and press the "Unlock" button to check that it has synced with the vehicle.

  1. 1

    Insert the key into the car's ignition and start the engine. Leave the car's engine on for no longer then 10 seconds.

  2. 2

    Turn the engine off but do not remove the key from the ignition.

  3. 3

    Press button "1" within 10 seconds of turning the car's engine off. Button "1" is the largest button on the keypad.

  4. 4

    Press button "2" immediately after pressing the first button. This must be completed within 10 seconds of pressing the first button.

  5. 5

    Remove the key from the ignition.

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