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 programming 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.
- Programming 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 automakers 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.
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Questions & Answers
- Helpful 6
I have misplaced my garage door remote and have gotten a different car. Is it possible to program the newer vehicle to a garage door opener without the remote?
No, you will have to get a remote to useHelpful 37
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Are garage door remotes interchangeable?
No, you have to use specific remotes unless you can find a universal remote that will work with your machine.
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.