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Help programming RKE transmitter for 2016

I picked up a rollback/unwind 2016 Spark EV (875mi) a couple weeks ago, and it only came with 1 key :-/

Having only a single key is a recipe for disaster, so I promptly ordered PN 94543206 (my original key is 94543205...) and had it cut at a locksmith yesterday.

Anyhow, the manual for 2016 doesn't seem to exist, nor did I receive one with the car, so I looked up the manual for the 2015 and there were procedures within. They do not seem to work.

What I did:

0. car not plugged in to power
1. approached car
2. unlock using remote
3. open flap on emergency key cover (ignition area)
4. insert existing key into ignition keyway
5. nearly immediately insert new key into driver side door keyway
6. turn door key from middle position to unlock position (counter-clockwise) 5 times at moderate speed (not trying to whip it from neutral to unlock quickly, though I did try at varying speeds) -- sometimes I tried more than 5 times, sometimes I tried faster, and sometimes slower
7. wait for anything to show up on the DIC, only usual driver entry information is shown (charge status, plug in to charge, mi remaining, etc.)
8. DIC goes blank after a while (idle timeout), and I try to repeat this all again several times, to the same effect.

The DIC never says "READY FOR REMOTE" etc. :-( I cannot proceed beyond step 2 below.

I thought the 2016 was practically a newer 2015... Has the procedure really changed, or did I do something wrong?

Verbatim from the 2015 manual:

Programming with a Recognized Transmitter

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.

1. Remove the rubber cap on the steering column. Press the button on the recognized transmitter to extend the key blade. Insert the key blade into the transmitter slot.

2. Insert the vehicle key of the new transmitter into the lock cylinder on the outside of the driver door and turn the key to the unlock position five times within 10 seconds.

The Driver Information Center (DIC) displays READY FOR REMOTE #2, 3, 4 or 5.

3. Remove the recognized key and place the new transmitter into the transmitter slot.

4. Press the POWER button. When the transmitter is learned, the DIC will show that it is ready to program the next transmitter.

5. Remove the transmitter from the transmitter and press X (UNLOCK button)

To program additional transmitters, repeat Steps 3-5

When all additional transmitters are programmed, press and hold the POWER for 12 seconds to exit programming mode.

Replace the plastic trim piece from the small storage area.
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Re: Help programming RKE transmitter for 2016

Procedure is described the same in the 2016 manual. Didn't work for me either.

Contacted local service and they said it must be done by the dealer, they have to hook up their programmer to the car. Can't remember if they quoted me a cost, but it wasn't going to be free. Asked them to do it as warranty since the manual lists the procedure as something the owner can do. They said no.

Contacted Chevy support online and explained the situation. They said they can't do anything until the work was done and paid for, and then could open a case. Wouldn't commit to any specific resolution. Still haven't had the process done yet myself.
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Re: Help programming RKE transmitter for 2016

I had the exact same experience as telero, except that Chevrolet corporate customer support never got back to me. The unprogrammed key is still sitting in a drawer. Dealer wants $80 for 30 seconds of work, and refuses to submit it under warranty as a software defect. (Novato Chevrolet. Roger, the service supervisor, is the worst customer service employee I've ever come across.)

Still haven't decided how to handle this, but it's very frustrating.

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Re: Help programming RKE transmitter for 2016

grigsby wrote:Still haven't decided how to handle this, but it's very frustrating.
Any other dealers within driving distance?
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Re: Help programming RKE transmitter for 2016

any luck with this? i bought a key online and my dealer said he wouldnt program it unless it was bought from a chevy dealer. wanted 180$ for the key and $75 for the programming.
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Re: Help programming RKE transmitter for 2016

Same problem here has anyone ever figured out how to program a new key fob?
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Re: Help programming RKE transmitter for 2016

Buy a VCX Nano GM from Amazon for $130 and use the included GDS2 software to code the key.
2018 Tesla M3 LR RWD
2015 Spark EV 2LT with DCFC (traded-in 8/2018)
2012 Volt
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Re: Help programming RKE transmitter for 2016

CCIE wrote:Buy a VCX Nano GM from Amazon for $130 and use the included GDS2 software to code the key.
hi, I got the GDS2 dongle and software but I cannot figure out how to program the fob. Under "Module Diagnostics", the one for keyless remote entry doesn't show any option to configure/program.

I watched this video:

But the Spark EV doesn't show any "Remote Control Door Lock Receiver" :(

Any help will be appreciated.
2015 Spark EV 2LT with DCFC
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Re: Help programming RKE transmitter for 2016

In case some of you are trying to figure this out, I might have an update. Picked up a 2015 Spark EV for myself a few weeks ago and needed to make a spare as well. I ordered the same part pfn did (GM 94543206). Had a locksmith who programs keys as well come out to my house. He spent about 1.5 hours trying to program it to no avail. Even tried the method outlined in this thread.

After doing some research, the locksmith told me that this key apparently does not have the proximity sensor found in our original keys, which might explain why our cars are not picking up the key. I looked around and it seems like the part number we need (9513950 for the 15') is extremely rare/no longer manufactured. There is an eBay listing - with a set of used transmitters, so we could get new blades cut and try them out. Anyone willing to chance it with me?
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Re: Help programming RKE transmitter for 2016

my 2014 came with 2 fobs and I still cant program the second one...............

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