How to Program Keyless KIA Remote

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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 doors to the vehicle while outside of the vehicle. Some keyless remotes can even open the trunk or rear gate. This innovation has changed the way we secure our vehicles. However, when the battery dies in the remote, the process of reprogramming the remotes can be confusing. One on the more complex procedures for programming remotes is on a Kia vehicle.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 feet of 22 gauge wire
  • Wire strippers
  • Remotes
  • Open the hood of the Kia vehicle.

  • Locate the diagnostic plug for the vehicle and remove the cap. The plug will be located behind the battery on the driver side of the engine compartment. The cap for the plug says "Diagnostic" on it.

  • Strip both ends of the 22 gauge wire to expose 1/2 inch of bare copper.

  • Place one end of the wire in the number 6 port of the diagnostic connector. This port is the second port in the full row of ports next to the four port row. Refer to the Resources section to see a full diagram of the diagnostic port.

  • Connect the other end of the wire to the positive terminal of the battery. This can just be 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 ignition to the "ON" position. Do not start the vehicle.

  • Press and hold the "LOCK" button on the first remote for 1 second and release. Repeat the same procedure for the second remote. If only programming one remote, then press and hold the lock button on the remote for 3 seconds and release. If done properly the lights on the dash will go off.

  • Turn the vehicle off, after the dash lights go out.

  • Remove the wire from the battery and diagnostic terminal. Test the remotes.

Tips & Warnings

  • 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 dealership.

References

  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images
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