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2013 Cadillac XTS Key Programming

Remote Programming Instructions for vehicles with push-button start ignition that use keys as featured below:

Procedure with at least one programmed transmitter available.

  • Please read and understand the programming procedure before you begin. You can also find instructions specific to your vehicle in the vehicle owner’s manual. 
  • Have all remote transmitters with you, both working remotes and new
  • NOTE: Switch ignition OFF
    1. Place working remote in the cupholder
    2. Insert the key blade into driver’s door lock (use trunk lock for 2-door vehicles) (pull the metal key blade out of the transmitter by pressing the release button located in the front of the key)
    3. Turn the key blade in the door lock to the unlock position 5 times within 10 seconds. Driver’s information center DIC will display READY TO LEARN ELECTRONIC KEY #2, 3, 4, ETC.
    4. Place the new transmitter into the center console transmitter pocket (open the storage area and remove the storage tray to access the transmitter pocket spot)
    5. Press the ignition button. When the new transmitter is programmed, the DIC will display that it is ready to program the next transmitter.
    6. Remove the new transmitter from the transmitter pocket and press UNLOCK button on the remote.
    7. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 for each additional transmitter.
    8. Press and hold the ignition button for 5 seconds to exit the programming mode.
    9. Test each of the remotes to make sure they are working.

Procedure when no programmed transmitters available.
Please note: This feature is not available in Canada.
This procedure takes about 30-35 mins to program a key.
Also, the insert key blade needs to be cut prior to performing this programming procedure.

  • Please read and understand the programming procedure before you begin. You can also find instructions specific to your vehicle in the vehicle owner’s manual. 
  • Have all remote transmitters with you, both working remotes and new
  • Switch ignition OFF
  1. Insert the key blade into the driver’s door lock (use trunk lock for 2-door vehicles) (pull the metal key blade out of the transmitter by pressing the release button located in the front of the key)
  2. Turn the key blade in the door lock to the unlock position 5 times within 10 seconds. Driver’s information center DIC will display REMOTE LEARN PENDING, PLEASE WAIT.
  3. Wait for ten minutes until the DIC displays PRESS ENGINE START BUTTON TO LEARN and then press the ignition button.
  4. The DIC displays will again show REMOTE LEARN PENDING, PLEASE WAIT.
  5. Repeat step 3 two additional times
  6. After the third time, all previously known transmitters will no longer work with the vehicle. The remaining transmitters can be relearned during the next steps. The DIC display should now show READY FOR REMOTE # 1.
  7. Place the new transmitter into the center console transmitter pocket (open the storage area and remove the storage tray to access the transmitter pocket spot)
  8. Press the ignition button. When the new transmitter is programmed, the DIC will display that it is ready to program the next transmitter.
  9. Remove the new transmitter from the transmitter pocket, and press UNLOCK button on the remote.
  10. Repeat steps 7, 8, and 9 for each additional transmitter.
  11. Press and hold the ignition button for 5 seconds to exit the programming mode.
  12. Test each of the remotes to make sure they are working.
  • NOTE: Remote transmitters can also be programmed using diagnostic equipment by an automotive locksmith or a dealer.