The optional, integrated HomeLink transmitter for your 2001 Chevrolet Suburban is a nifty device, allowing you to operate up to three garage door openers. Programming the HomeLink feature will not only save you from having to fiddle with one or more clunky garage door openers, but also promote better security; it's much easier for a criminal to swipe a small transmitter from your vehicle's glovebox or visor – to gain access to your garage or home – than it is to steal a whole vehicle.
Things You'll Need
- Original garage door transmitter
- Garage door opener documentation
- Step ladder
Park the vehicle in front of the garage, then switch the ignition off. If you need to erase the memory for all three button presets, press and hold the two outer buttons. Once the Homelink LED starts to flash, release the buttons. If you only need to program one button, while saving the preset memory for the two other buttons, do not perform the memory erase procedure.
Hold the original garage door transmitter close to the overhead console. Press and hold the transmitter button and the Homelink button you wish to program. Once the HomeLink LED starts flash in a fast manner, release the buttons. Test the HomeLink button to see if the garage door opens and closes. If the programming didn't take, follow the next steps.
Consult the documentation that came with your garage door opener, if available, to see if it was manufactured after 1996, and if it has a “rolling code” feature. If you don't have, or cannot obtain the documentation for the opener, examine and locate the opener unit's training button.
Open the garage door. Position a step ladder under the garage door opener unit. Once initiating the training process, you'll have about 30 seconds to complete it. If needed, have another person on hand to help you complete the programming.
Press the training button on the opener unit; depending on the make and model, an LED indicator will flash, letting you know the unit is in training mode. Quickly make your way to the vehicle, or have your helper already in the vehicle, then press and hold the newly programmed HomeLink button for approximately three seconds. You may need to press and hold the HomeLink button two or three times within the 30-second training window. Once programmed, the LED indicator on the opener unit will stop flashing.
Tips & Warnings
- If you're having trouble programming the Homelink feature after multiple attempts, there may be a compatibility problem with your garage door opener. Certain brands manufactured after 2011, such as Craftsman, Chamberlain and Liftmaster, may require the installation of a HomeLink Repeater Kit, while other brands with incompatibility issues may require the Universal Receiver Kit from HomeLink.