by Michael Rippetoe
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Keyless entry is a standard option on many vehicles sold today. This option allows the owner to unlock and lock the vehicle doors while out of the vehicle. Some keyless remotes can even open the trunk or tailgate. This innovation has changed the way we insure our vehicles. However, when the remote control battery dies, the process of reprogramming the remote controls can be confusing. One of the most complex procedures for programming remote controls is on a Kia vehicle.
Open the hood of the Kia vehicle.
Locate the vehicle’s diagnostic plug and remove the cover. The plug will be located behind the battery on the driver’s side of the engine compartment. The plug cap says “Diagnostics.”
Strip both ends of the 22 gauge wire to expose 1/2 inch of bare copper.
Place one end of the cable into port number 6 of the diagnostic connector. This port is the second port in the full row of ports next to the row of four ports. See the Resources section for a complete diagram of the diagnostic port.
Connect the other end of the cable to the positive battery terminal. This can get stuck in a hole in the terminal; a permanent connection is not necessary.
Sit in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and turn the car’s ignition to the “ON” position. Do not start the vehicle.
Press and hold the “LOCK” button on the first remote control for 1 second and release it. Repeat the same procedure for the second remote control. If you only program one remote, press and hold the lock button on the remote for 3 seconds and release. If done correctly, the dash lights will turn off.
Turn off the vehicle after the dash lights go out.
Remove the battery cable and the diagnostic terminal. Try the remotes.
- If this procedure does not work, contact your local dealer for the proper procedure.
- Some vehicles require a computer download to program the remotes, which must be done at the dealer.
Articles will need
- 2 feet of 22 gauge wire
- Wire stripper
- Remote controls