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2016 Chevrolet Equinox Key Programming

These instructions work only for non-PEPS keys. They will not work if your vehicle has passive entry.

Also, these programming instructions will not work if you have Canadian vehicle.

This procedure adds keys only. Previously programmed keys will not be erased.

This procedure will program both remote and key portions.

Your new unprogrammed key must be cut before performing these steps:

1. Insert the original, already programmed key in the ignition and start the engine.
2. After the engine has started, turn the key to 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.
4. The security light will turn off once the key has been programmed. It may not be apparent if the security lightwent on due to how quickly the key is programmed. If your vehicle does not have a security light (04-07 GrandPrix, Bonneville, Impala) 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.