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Actual programming procedure for key fob?

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:36 am
by Sblessley
First post... please be gentle ;)

Bought a 2014 Leaf off-lease, great deal but just one key fob supplied. We bought another on Ebay ($50, key not cut). Then our local dealership charged us an hour of labor ($125) to program it, and had the nerve to tack on a $12 "parts" charge for the key (which I supplied). They're now doing the post-appointment follow-up and my inclination is to read them the riot act. Yes, I understand "the computer has to be connected" (Service Rep's words) - but I'm thinking this is a portable programming device that plugs into the ODBII connector or the like. as I've seen for other vehicles. Can it require more than 15 minutes, really?

So I'd appreciate anyone that knows the procedure and how long it takes. I've searched and looked at the 5 posts I found here, but most of them address dead batteries.

Thanks!

P.S. The bulletin board system added the ebay link - no idea what it points to.

Re: Actual programming procedure for key fob?

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:02 pm
by baustin
Programming the key fobs to work with the car requires the use of the diagnostic computer. All the key fobs that are to be associated with the car have to be there when the programming is done. The cost will vary from dealer to dealer. The dealer I use charges $300 to supply a new key fob, cut the key, and program the new and existing key fobs to the car. They charged me just $80 (May 2015) to cut the key and program the key fobs for the second unit I supplied ($95 from a Nissan dealer in Texas).

Re: Actual programming procedure for key fob?

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:26 pm
by Evoforce
I went to a local locksmith after buying a used one on EBay for $45+ a new blank key for $6. The cost for programming was $65.

Re: Actual programming procedure for key fob?

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:36 pm
by Sblessley
Evoforce wrote:I went to a local locksmith after buying a used one on EBay for $45+ a new blank key for $6. The cost for programming was $65.


I did the same thing - Ebay-wise; probably should have been more diligent searching for Locksmiths - the 1st two couldn't do the job, and when I finally got in touch with the 3rd, he wouldn't attempt it unless it was original (like, in original packaging) because "if it was programmed before sometimes they lock them and they can't be programmed again". I hadn't heard of that scenario, but it was a mobile locksmith and I can understand him not wanting to drive to our place just to find out he couldn't get his fee. Your fee (EvoForce) is more what I expected - although what I paid was a good deal less than other folks replying.

Thanks all!

Re: Actual programming procedure for key fob?

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:57 pm
by Evoforce
Sblessley wrote:
Evoforce wrote:I went to a local locksmith after buying a used one on EBay for $45+ a new blank key for $6. The cost for programming was $65.


I did the same thing - Ebay-wise; probably should have been more diligent searching for Locksmiths - the 1st two couldn't do the job, and when I finally got in touch with the 3rd, he wouldn't attempt it unless it was original (like, in original packaging) because "if it was programmed before sometimes they lock them and they can't be programmed again". I hadn't heard of that scenario, but it was a mobile locksmith and I can understand him not wanting to drive to our place just to find out he couldn't get his fee. Your fee (EvoForce) is more what I expected - although what I paid was a good deal less than other folks replying.

Thanks all!
You are welcome! Good luck! I know you will be enjoying your Leaf!

Re: Actual programming procedure for key fob?

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:21 am
by eddiesmith
Sblessley wrote:First post... please be gentle ;)

Bought a 2014 Leaf off-lease, great deal but just one key fob supplied. We bought another on Ebay ($50, key not cut). Then our local dealership charged us an hour of labor ($125) to program it, and had the nerve to tack on a $12 "parts" charge for the key (which I supplied). They're now doing the post-appointment follow-up and my inclination is to read them the riot act. Yes, I understand "the computer has to be connected" (Service Rep's words) - but I'm thinking this is a portable programming device that plugs into the ODBII connector or the like. as I've seen for other vehicles. Can it require more than 15 minutes, really?

So I'd appreciate anyone that knows the procedure and how long it takes. I've searched and looked at the 5 posts I found here, but most of them address dead batteries.

Thanks!

P.S. The bulletin board system added the ebay link - no idea what it points to.


I love my keyless entry and if I lost mine id shell out the cash for a replacement. A couple months ago I misplaced my keys. Called up a local Cicero Locksmith guy was charging $80 to program a new fob but it wasn't gonna be an OEM fob. If the dealer says $75-100 that sounds about right. Programming key fobs doesn't come cheap.

Re: Actual programming procedure for key fob?

Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:13 am
by StanklinKibasho
I also have leaf and it's key fob was lost few weeks ago. Locksmith Acworth GA has made the one for me which doesn't work first then they made the second one with no cost and till now i have no issues using that key.

Re: Actual programming procedure for key fob?

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:41 am
by peterhandscope
You can see it on the manual and if it doesn't work then call locksmith or dealer they will explain you in brief. Like locksmith north york explained to me when i asked them for the procedure.