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I lost one of my remote keyfobs. I went on line, and from Chevy bought the fob and key (separately). There are no instructions on how to program it. Anybody know how to do it, have printed instructions, etc.?

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years ago, with my Oldsmobile Aurora, I got back from a trip and my key fob was dead. bought a battery at the airport and remember to this day, standing out in the rain late at night in the airport parking lot holding down several buttons close to the front of the vehicle so it would come back to life so I could get into my car.

hope you have a better experience! these guys claim that they will help you reprogram it, even if you didn't buy it from them:

https://www.keylessentryremotefob.com/2017-Chevrolet-Bolt-Key-Fob-s/8670.htm
 

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did find one mention on another Bolt forum about how ridiculous and painful it was to reprogram them. poster also mentioned the dealer cut the new key for him based on his VIN#. My takeaway is they can be reprogrammed and you don't need a locksmith. they would be good news.
 

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I lost one of my remote keyfobs. I went on line, and from Chevy bought the fob and key (separately). There are no instructions on how to program it. Anybody know how to do it, have printed instructions, etc.?
Umm... have you looked in the Owner's Manual? (it's a rhetorical question because obviously you haven't).

Pages 36 and 37.

I recommend you download the PDF version and use the search function the next time you have a question about how the car or its accessories work.

Oh, and don't forget that you'll need to get the key cut too. That's something you'll have to go to the dealer or a locksmith to have done.
 

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Umm... have you looked in the Owner's Manual? (it's a rhetorical question because obviously you haven't).

Pages 36 and 37.

I recommend you download the PDF version and use the search function the next time you have a question about how the car or its accessories work.

Oh, and don't forget that you'll need to get the key cut too. That's something you'll have to go to the dealer or a locksmith to have done.
Too funny. I have the manual and did do a search and could not find the info yesterday. Who in God's green earth call their key fob a transmitter. I'm an engineer. But come on people, write the manuals so "normal" folks can use them. Worked with sensitive equipment in my former life where we had to police RF devices. Smart watches, cell phones, and key fobs were on our list.
 

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Too funny. I have the manual and did do a search and could not find the info yesterday. Who in God's green earth call their key fob a transmitter.
Unfortunately the manual is what it is and we're stuck with it.

The secret to searching anything is knowing what words to use. When you look in the table of contents under "Keys and Locks" (which is under "Keys, Doors and Windows") and see entries for "Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System", that's a good indication that searching for "RKE" is likely to be fruitful. Especially if you've perused the manual and seen how frequently "RKE" (and similar acronyms such a "LKA", "SBZA", etc.) are used.
 

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Programming transmitter

I did find it in the owner's manual and programmed it (a ridiculously complex task). Thank you for directing me to the manual. Personally, I would have avoided the smarmy comments and just said "check page xx in the owner's manual, you'll find it there." But, that's just me.
 

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I find the following on Page 36:

"A new transmitter can be
programmed to the vehicle when
there are two recognized
transmitters"

The original question was about replacing a lost key fob. This also my situation. So how can I provide "two recognized transmitters"? (I had the two originals, lost one, now have only one.)
 

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Answering my own question: On Page 37 there is another, longer procedure following the two key procedure. This procedure clears the old remotes and I assume is the one needed for a lost remote. It takes 30 minutes!! Going to study and see if it's worth the effort or just take to Chevy.
 

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Answering my own question: On Page 37 there is another, longer procedure following the two key procedure. This procedure clears the old remotes and I assume is the one needed for a lost remote. It takes 30 minutes!! Going to study and see if it's worth the effort or just take to Chevy.
Just as a caution for our Canadian members I believe I recall reading that the longer single-fob procedure doesn't work on Canadian versions of the Bolt.
 

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I would like to remove a Key fob from my 2018 Bolt. The procedure on page 37 looks good, but I'm in Canada (I'll try it anyways late this week).
Is there another way for the car to forget a key fob in the event you loose it?

I tried to associate a key fob that is associated with my car on a friend's Bolt. His Bolt would not take it. It just stayed at "ready for remote 3" when I pushed start. It worked with a NEW, not registered, key fob in the center console spot.
Is there a way to make a key fob forget a car?
Thanks for the any ideas, Don
 

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A follow up to my questions, I've learnt that the programming process tells the car which key fob to recognize and tells the key fob the car to talk to.

The long procedure on page 37 appears to delete a key fob from the car, and a Chevy dealership could probably delete one with their maintenance procedures.

Getting a key fob to forget the car is another story. It must be factory reset by an automotive locksmith that has the proper key fob maintenance programmer. I haven't been able to find such a person (after 4 tries, being told that they can't do Bolts).

In short:
Make sure you really loose your key fob (no phone number or address with it).
Only buy new or factory reset key fobs on the internet.
 

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I tried this procedure today to add a second remote. It didn't work. The original key programs fine. When doing the second remote, it never completes. Also, now I have a theft deterrant error on the console and a light as well.

Can someone help me reset this light? Will just programming the one remote turn it off? HELP!
 

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Getting a key fob to forget the car is another story. It must be factory reset by an automotive locksmith that has the proper key fob maintenance programmer.
Are you sure that this is really a "thing"? I can't imagine any reason the key fob would need to know that cars it's authorized to use - if the car doesn't recognize the fob then it's basically a moot point.

There is an issue with the randomized encrypted hash value, which is synchronized between both the car and the fob. But if you're not planning to use the fob with the car any more then it doesn't matter, and if you do want to re-use the fob then I'd expect that deleting the fob from the car and then re-adding it again would re-synch the hash so that everything would work as expected.
 

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I tried this procedure today to add a second remote. It didn't work. The original key programs fine. When doing the second remote, it never completes. Also, now I have a theft deterrant error on the console and a light as well.

Can someone help me reset this light? Will just programming the one remote turn it off? HELP!
Thank you for sharing this unfortunate experience. I'm in the exact situation. Were you able to figure this out? I can still start the Bolt even with the theft deterrent warning and lockpad icon lit but it is concerning that the negative indicators will not go away.

Anyone know how long you can go with this lockpad icon before I can no longer power the Bolt? Anyone else have had success getting rid of the theft deterrent error? I would hate to visit the local dealership and pay $ just to have it reset. I tried disconnecting the negative cable for 15 min, that did nothing. :( Thanks for any help this community can offer.
 

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Hi, the Bolt locked me out the next day and would not let me start the car. Waited a few hours and it started. I had to take the car into the Dealership and have them re-program the key and turn the light off.

The procedure in the manual does not work!
 

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Hi, the Bolt locked me out the next day and would not let me start the car. Waited a few hours and it started. I had to take the car into the Dealership and have them re-program the key and turn the light off.

The procedure in the manual does not work!

Same thing happened to me. It somehow got stuck in the programming mode still looking to learn the second remote and triggering the theft deterrent system. I was about to call to get a tow but waited an hour or so and the car started and I drove it to my local dealership. I had them professionally clear and reprogram everything and get rid of the lock icon and notification error. What a nightmare.
 

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The difference is that you had two working remotes. The instructions are different when you only have 1 and trying to add the second one. I think others have said when you have two working remotes and adding to it works fine
 
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