How to Program a Universal Home Remote(Garage Door Opener) on your General Motors vehicle

How to Program a Universal Home Remote(Garage Door Opener) on your General Motors vehicle

How to program a Universal Home Remote

This operation is helpful to have another person assist in the process. To start, locate the three buttons inside the your vehicle that will program the Universal Home Remote. If equipped, these buttons are usually located in the overhead console. In the Corvette, they are located in the sun visor. To program the unit, you will need your hand-held garage door controller that came with the garage door opener.

Tip: In order for the system to learn the most accurate signal, make sure the hand-held controller has fresh batteries.

To program the garage door opener, park outside the garage, directly in line with and facing the garage door opener receiver.

Tip: Because the door may begin to move while programming, make sure there are no objects near the garage door.

To program:

  1. Hold the end of the hand-held controller about 1 to 3 inches (3 to 8 cm) away from the Universal Home Remote system buttons inside the vehicle with the indicator light in view.

Tip: The indicator light is just above the icon that looks like a house and garage.

  1. At the same time, press and hold both the hand-held controller button and one of the three Universal Home Remote system buttons, (this would be the button that may want to use to operate the garage door). Do not release either button until the indicator light in the vehicle goes from a slow to a rapid flashing light. Then release both buttons.
  2. Press and hold the newly programmed Universal Home Remote system button for 5 seconds while watching the indicator light in the vehicle and if the garage door activates. If the indicator light stays on continuously or the garage door opens or closes when the button is pressed, programming is complete.

Tip: During this step, the button in the vehicle is “learning” to become a garage door controller.

Troubleshooting:

  1. If the indicator light does not stay on continuously or the garage door does not move, try pressing and holding the newly programmed button for 5 seconds. If the garage door moves, programming is complete.
  2. If the indicator light blinks rapidly for 2 seconds then changes to a solid light and the garage door does not move, see below for an additional required step.

Using the Learn or Smart Button on a Garage Door Opener Motor

If attempts to program the Universal Home Remote within the vehicle have been unsuccessful, they may need to unlock the garage door opener unit by using the Learn or Smart button on their garage door opener unit. This button allows new receivers to be trained to the opener. For these steps, it is helpful to have someone assist you. First, find the Learn or Smart button on the garage door unit. It is usually found on the back, and they may need a small ladder to access it. you should read all steps before proceeding, as the steps are time-sensitive. All steps in the section above MUST be completed before starting the steps below.

  1. Press and release the Learn or Smart button on the garage door unit. This button is located on the garage door opener unit, usually near the antenna wire that hangs down. The color, shape and location of the button vary by garage door opener manufacturer. In this step, it is helpful to have one person who can press the Learn or Smart button and one person who can press the Universal Home Remote system button in the vehicle.
  2. Within 30 seconds of pressing the button, the customer must go inside their vehicle and press and hold the newly programmed Universal Home Remote system button for 2 seconds and then release it.
  3. If the garage door does not move or the lamp on the garage door opener receiver does not flash, press and hold the same button (the one the customer is trying to program in the vehicle) a second time for 2 seconds and then release it.
  4. Again, if the door does not move or the garage door’s lamp does not flash, press and hold the same button (the one you are trying to program in the vehicle) a third time for 2 seconds and then release it.
  5. The Universal Home Remote system should now activate the garage door.

Troubleshooting:

Sometimes, the garage door opener unit may need to be reset to factory default settings before it can learn a new transmitter. This process will erase ALL learned transmitters, including: other vehicles the customer may own, all hand-held transmitters, keypads on the outside of the garage, etc. Only perform this step as a last resort, as all these transmitters must be relearned to the system. To do this:

  1. Press and hold the Learn or Smart button on the garage door opener for 10 seconds. This will reset the garage door opener
  2. Once the opener is reset, press and release the Learn or Smart button
  3. Press the hand-held transmitter button
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each transmitter that needs to be relearned
  5. Verify the garage door fully opens and closes. In some instances, the fully closed or fully open position setting may be lost when they are reset

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