How to Program a Garage Door Opener to a Vehicle
You have a shiny new car and want to program your garage door opener to it. Sounds easy enough. So you get out your garage door remote control and your new car's owner's manual for the instructions from the manufacturer to be able to program the remote control to the car.
Then, after following the instructions from the manual, you press the button for the garage door to go up . . . and nothing happens. Did you miss a step? Read on to learn about what most instruction manuals leave out: the step of programming the car/truck/van to the garage door machine itself.
The Logic Board
On the back side of your garage door opener is a panel called the logic board (see the photo above). The logic board is the computer or brain of the machine. Most new garage door openers are multi-code machines. That means that they use several signals each time you press the button on your remote control. This is for security, so your code can't be stolen by a code-grabber.
Programming a Vehicle to the Garage Door Opener
Once you have followed the instructions on programing your machine, you now have to "teach" the garage door opener to connect to the remote device in your car.
- First, press the "learn" button on the back of your garage door opener mounted on the ceiling. (The learn button, located on the back of your machine, will be square if using a Liftmaster machine. Craftsman, Liftmaster, Chamberlain are all the same. Their learn buttons are square and usually yellow, red/orange, or purple. If using a Genie, the button says "learn button.") The single press of this button should be brief and firm. Do not hold this button down. If you do, it erases all of the programming in the machine and you'll have to re-program all the remote controls that you have, and that's not a fun process.
- Quickly press the button on the remote control and hold it down a moment. If your car has a built-in button, then you'll need to have someone help you by pressing that button now.
- Programing the remote to the machine only takes a second. When the machine accepts the code, the light on the machine might flash for a brief moment, and you should hear an audible click.
Yep, it's that easy! I don't know why the auto makers leave this step out, but that's really it.
I hope this helps, and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and I will try to walk you through it.
Don't Hold the Learn Button Down
If you do, it erases all of the programming and you'll have to re-program all the remote controls you have.
Questions & Answers
I have a 2010 Chevy Avalanche and a new Chamberlain 3/4hp opener. I cannot get the vehicle built-in remote to sync. Can you help with instructions? I follow the vehicle instruction and Chamberlain instructions but still won't connect. I had a Chamberlain opener before and had no trouble connecting.
It can be a pain. Make sure the remote is programmed to the car. Then go to the machine and press and release the round yellow learn button. Go back to the car and press and hold down the button in the car. If the lightbulb on the machine flashes once it has learned the remote. If not try again.
I have tried several times to program Homelink in my new Toyota Avalon with my garage door opener. Now, all I get is a red button glowing in my car's Homelink. What should I do now?
Find the learn button on your machine then push and release it. Then go to the Homelink and press the Homelink button. The lightbulb on the machine will flash once. If it flashes the car is programmed
I have a wall mounted coded outside combination opener. Now, I want to use my car buttons as well. Will I foul up the outside door opener if I also try to program the car opener?
If you attempt it to many times, yes. If it programs the first time, you should be ok. If you have five or more items programmed into it, you may need to erase the board and start over.
I have a 2014 Ford Fusion. Can I program homelink if I don't have remote controler for my liftmaster?
No, you must have a remote programmed for the machine.
I followed the directions to press the learn button, remote control button and the car garage opener button together and nothing happened. Now the remote control will not open the garage door. What can I do? Is my remote control dead?