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2016 Chevrolet Cruze Key Programming

FOR VEHICLES WITH REGULAR IGNITION (North America, except Canada):

This procedure requires that a programmed working key is available for the vehicle. This procedure adds keys only. The procedure does not erase previously learned keys. The new key to be programmed needs to be cut prior to performing this programming procedure.

1. Insert the original, already programmed key in the ignition and start the engine.
2. After the engine has started, turn the key off and remove the key.
3. Insert the key to be programmed and turn it to “on” within 10 seconds of removing the original key (do not start the engine).
4. The security light will turn off once the key has been programmed. It may not be apparent if the security light went on due to how quickly the key is programmed. If your vehicle does not have a security light wait 10 minutes and 45 seconds to make sure the key has been programmed.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 5 if additional keys are to be programmed.

FOR VEHICLES WITH PUSH BUTTON IGNITION (North America, except Canada): 

PROGRAMMING INSTRUCTIONS IF YOU HAVE AT LEAST ONE WORKING TRANSMITTER (PROXIMITY KEY) ALREADY:
A new transmitter can be programmed to the vehicle when there is one recognized transmitter. To  program, the vehicle must be off and all of the transmitters, both currently recognized and new,  must be with you.  The key blade needs to be cut prior to performing this programming procedure.
1.  Place the recognized (already programmed) transmitter in the cupholder.
2.  Insert the new key into the lock cylinder located on the outside of  the driver door and turn the key to the unlock position five times within ten seconds. The Driver
information Center (DlC) should display “Ready For Remote #2,3,4 or 5.”
3. Place the new transmitter into the transmitter pocket. The transmitter pocket is located inside
the center console storage area under the cupholder. The cupholder will need to be pulled out
to access the transmitter pocket.
4. Press the ignition. When the transmitter is learned, the DIC display will show that it is ready to
program the next transmitter.
5. Remove the transmitter from the transmitter pocket and press the unlock button.
To program additional transmitters, repeat Steps 3 through 5, When all additional transmitters are  programmed, press and hold the ignition for 5 seconds to exit the programming mode.

PROGRAMMING INSTRUCTIONS IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY WORKING TRANSMITTERS:

lf there are no currently recognized transmitters available, follow this procedure to program up to five transmitters. This procedure will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The vehicle must be off and all of the transmitters you wish to program must be with you. The key blade needs to be cut prior to performing this programming procedure. It is recommended that the vehicle be connected to a power source via jumper cables during this procedure as the vehicle’s battery voltage will drop during the procedure.
1. Insert the new key into the key lock cylinder located on the outside  of the driver door and turn the key to the unlock position five times within ten seconds. The  Driver lnformation Center (DlC) displays “Remote Learn Pending, Please Wait.”
2. Wait for ten minutes until the DIC displays “Press Engine Start Button To Learn” and then  press the ignition. The DIC displays will again show “Remote Learn Pending, Please Wait.”
3. Repeat Step 2 two additional times. 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 should now show “Ready For Remote #1.”
4. Place the new transmitter into the transmitter pocket. The transmitter pocket is located inside  the center console storage area under the cupholder. The cupholder will need to be pulled out
to access the transmitter pocket.
5. Press the ignition. When the ignition is learned, the DIC display will show that it is ready to  program the next transmitter.
6. Remove the transmitter from the transmitter pocket and press the unlock button.
To program additional transmitters, repeat Steps 4 through 6. When all additional transmitters are
programmed, press and hold the ignition for 5 seconds to exit the programming mode.

Please note: Each vehicle can have up to five transmitters programmed to it.

DIY PROGRAMMING INSTRUCTIONS FOR GM VEHICLES WITH PUSH-BUTTON IGNITION THAT USE SMART KEYS FEATURED BELOW:

A. Programming with Two Working Smart Keys

Before you start programming, make sure that the vehicle engine is off and all smart keys, both currently working and new, are with you. 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. Up to 8 smart keys can be programmed to a vehicle.

1. Remove the emergency key blade from one of the working smart keys.
2. Place the two working smart keys in the cupholder.
3. Insert the emergency key blade into the driver door lock cylinder, then turn the key counterclockwise to the unlock position five times within 10 seconds. (on some vehicles, you will need to remove the lock cylinder cap on the driver door handle to access the door lock)
The Driver Information Center (DIC) will display READY FOR REMOTE # 2, 3, 4, etc
4. Place the new smart key into the transmitter pocket (inside the center console storage area between the driver and front passenger seats for Cadillac vehicles OR in the front cupholder for Chevrolet and Buick vehicles).
5. Press the ENGINE START/STOP button. When the new smart key is recognized by the vehicle the DIC display will show that it is ready to program the next smart key.
6. Remove the smart key from the transmitter pocket and press the LOCK or UNLOCK button on the remote.
7. To program an additional smart key, repeat Steps 4-6.

When all additional smart keys are programmed, press and hold ENGINE START/STOP for approximately 12 seconds to exit programming mode.

B. Programming without Two Working Smart Keys

If you only have 1 working smart key or none, please follow the steps below. This procedure will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. DIY programming is not available in Canada. Before you start programming, make sure that the vehicle is off and all smart keys, both currently working and new, are with you. Please read and understand the entire procedure before you begin. You can also find instructions specific to your vehicle in the vehicle owner’s manual. Up to 8 smart keys can be programmed to a vehicle.
Please note: if currently have no smart keys for your vehicle, you would need to get the emergency key blade in your new smart key cut by a locksmith before you can perform the procedure below.

  1. Remove the key blade from your existing or new smart key.
  2. Insert the emergency key blade into the driver door lock cylinder, then turn the key counterclockwise to the unlock position five times within 10 seconds. (on some vehicles, you will need to remove the lock cylinder cap on the driver door handle to access the door lock). The Driver Information Center (DIC) will display READY FOR REMOTE # 2, 3, 4, etc
  3. Wait for 10 minutes until the DIC displays PRESS ENGINE START BUTTON TO LEARN and then press ENGINE START/STOP. The DIC display will again show REMOTE LEARN PENDING, PLEASE WAIT.
  4. Repeat Step 3 two more times. After the third time, all previously known smart keys will no longer work with the vehicle. The remaining smart keys can be re-programmed during the next steps. The DIC display should now show READY FOR REMOTE # 1.
  5. Place the new smart key into the transmitter pocket (inside the center console storage area between the driver and front passenger seats for Cadillac vehicles OR in the front cupholder for Chevrolet and Buick vehicles).
  6. Press ENGINE START/STOP. When the smart key is recognized by the vehicle, the DIC display will show that it is ready to program the next smart key.
  7. Remove the smart key from the transmitter pocket and press the LOCK or UNLOCK button on the smart key.
  8. To program an additional smart key, repeat Steps 6-8.

    When all additional smart keys are programmed, press and hold ENGINE START/STOP for approximately 12 seconds to exit programming mode.