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I have just bought a 2010 Kia Forte Ex. The dealer gave me only one remote and I found one on Ebay. The dealer says it will cost $45 to program it for me. How can I do it myself?
 

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I don't know about DIY, but you might try calling around to some locksmiths. I was able to get a chip key and programming from a local locksmith for my 2004 Mercury Marauder. for under fifty bucks.
 

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I don't know about DIY, but you might try calling around to some locksmiths. I was able to get a chip key and programming from a local locksmith for my 2004 Mercury Marauder. for under fifty bucks.
Its not a chip in a key... its a key fob.

OP, I'm in the same boat. My local dealer tells me $35 charge. Tells me I need to bring in all remotes as programming one changes them all. There is a thread or two here that talks about this but its questionable if it is DIY. No one has confirmed that it worked for them. I think I might try myself and see what happens. If it does not work then I have to go to the dealer any way.
 

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Let me know how it goes

Its not a chip in a key... its a key fob.

OP, I'm in the same boat. My local dealer tells me $35 charge. Tells me I need to bring in all remotes as programming one changes them all. There is a thread or two here that talks about this but its questionable if it is DIY. No one has confirmed that it worked for them. I think I might try myself and see what happens. If it does not work then I have to go to the dealer any way.

My remote should be here tomorrow and I'm eager to learn how it goes for you. Let me know please.
 

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Its not a chip in a key... its a key fob.

OP, I'm in the same boat. My local dealer tells me $35 charge. Tells me I need to bring in all remotes as programming one changes them all. There is a thread or two here that talks about this but its questionable if it is DIY. No one has confirmed that it worked for them. I think I might try myself and see what happens. If it does not work then I have to go to the dealer any way.
DOH! Sorry, missed the headline....my gray hair must be going blonde. Forgive please.
 

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I opened up the diagnostic box next to the battery to see if I could jumper certain connections as mentioned in other posts (those other posts were vague at best). I could not make heads or tails of what pins were where. Also, some posts indicated that a Hi-tech device was needed so the dealer needed to program them. I called the dealer and they would charge me $35 to program them. Not bad, so I took it in. The person did need to plug the device into the OMD-II port. I asked him if this was a Hi-Teck device and he said yes (I'm not 100% sure he knew but I think it may have been... this device is what they use to read error codes. It also keeps a record of the vehicle on their system so any other dealer can pull up the info to see what was wrong). It took him about 10 minutes and that included walking into another room to get the device. He programmed the extra two and tested them. Worked perfectly. He asked me where I bought them and I told him Ebay. He mentioned that he's seen several of them not work correctly. I think I paid about $10/each for them (and accidentally bought an extra one as I forgot about a snipe bid I set). When he was done he said the work was on them today and to bring the car back in if it needed service. Now THAT is how you gain customers! Would have been fair for them to charge me but how much did it really cost them. Better to gain a customer at no expense.

So I do think that you need to take the vehicle into the dealer to have the remotes programmed. I'm betting if you picked a slow day (Friday) that they might not even charge you. Chat up the service person and try to make their day a good one. :cool:

I have two extra keys that I had made (cost me about $3/each at a locksmith). I think I'll hide one of the key fobs on the outside of the car in case I get locked out. That way someone can't start the car if they find it... unlike hiding key.
 

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"AUTOEXPERT" isn't such an "expert". Almost all Hy/Ki cars since 2004 require the HDS to program remotes(and keys, depending on model). 2003 and prior you could literally flip a switch, hit all the remotes lock button, then flip the switch back and you were done.

Unfortunately, everyone (manufacturer wise) has gone to remotes that must be programmed with the scanner now.
 
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