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Buick Encore: Programming with Recognized Transmitters

A new transmitter can be programmed to the vehicle when there are two recognized transmitters. To program, the vehicle must be off and all of the transmitters, both currently recognized and new, must be with you.

Programming with Recognized Transmitters

  1. Remove the key from the RKE transmitter.
  2. Place the two recognized transmitters in the center console front cupholder.
  3. Insert the vehicle key of the new transmitter into the key lock cylinder on the outside of the driver door and turn the key to the unlock position five times within 10 seconds.

    The DIC displays READY FOR REMOTE #2, 3, 4 or 5.

  4. Remove the two recognized transmitters from the cupholder.
  5. Place the new transmitter in the cupholder
  6. Press ENGINE START/STOP.

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

  7. Remove the transmitter from the cupholder and press K.

    To program additional transmitters, repeat Steps 4-6.

When all additional transmitters are programmed, press and hold ENGINE START/STOP for 10 seconds to exit programming mode.

Programming without Recognized Transmitters

If two currently recognized transmitters are not available, follow this procedure to program up to eight transmitters. This feature is not available in Canada. This procedure will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The vehicle must be off and all of the transmitters to be programmed must be with you.

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

The DIC displays REMOTE LEARN PENDING, PLEASE WAIT.

  1. Wait for 10 minutes until the DIC displays PRESS ENGINE START BUTTON TO LEARN and then press ENGINE START/STOP.

    The DIC will again show REMOTE LEARN PENDING, PLEASE WAIT.

  2. Repeat Step 2 two additional times. After the third time, all previously known transmitters will no longer work with the vehicle. Remaining transmitters can be relearned during the next steps.

    The DIC display should now show READY FOR REMOTE # 1.

Programming without Recognized Transmitters

  1. Place the new transmitter in the front cupholder.
  2. Press ENGINE START/STOP.

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

  3.  Return the key back into the transmitter.
  4. Remove the transmitter from the cupholder and press K.

    To program additional transmitters, repeat Steps 4-6.

    When all additional transmitters are programmed, press and hold ENGINE START/STOP for 10 seconds to exit programming mode.

Starting the Vehicle with a Low Transmitter Battery

If the transmitter battery is weak, the DIC may display NO REMOTE DETECTED when trying to start the vehicle. The DIC may also display REPLACE BATTERY IN REMOTE KEY.

To start the vehicle:

Starting the Vehicle with a Low Transmitter Battery

  1. Place the transmitter in the center console front cupholder with the buttons facing the front of the vehicle.
  2. With the vehicle in P (Park) or N (Neutral), press the brake pedal and ENGINE START/STOP.

    Replace the transmitter battery as soon as possible.

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