UPDATE: Quick Learn Procedures for Programming 2017MY Keys and Key Fobs

New for 2017 model year vehicles, two keys that are already programmed or two previously learned Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitters (key fobs) need to be present in order to use the quick learn procedure for adding keys (Fig. 17) or key fobs (Fig. 18) to all GM models (Fig. 9), excluding 2017 Acadia Limited, Enclave, Traverse, Express and Savana.


On 2016 and earlier models, only one learned key or key fob is needed to perform the quick learn procedure.


Fig. 17


Fig. 18


Programming Additional Keys


TIP: If only one learned key is present, SPS must be used to add additional keys. The quick learn procedure will not complete with only one learned key. Using only one key for the quick learn procedure will cause the theft security light to illuminate when attempting to start the vehicle.


To program a new key for keyed vehicles:

1. Insert the original, already programmed key in the ignition and turn the key to ON/RUN.
2. Turn the key to LOCK/OFF, and remove the key.
3. Within five seconds, insert the second already programmed key in the ignition and turn it to ON/RUN.
4. Turn to the key to LOCK/OFF, and remove the key.
5. Within five seconds, insert the new key to be programmed and turn it to ON/RUN. The theft security light will turn off once the key has been programmed.
6. Repeat these steps to program additional keys.


The adding keys procedure does not erase any keys prior to programming. The procedure will simply program the key into the next available slot. Use this procedure when adding an additional key to the vehicle.


If all keys are lost, the 30 minute learn procedure should be used. Once a key is learned with 30 minute learn procedure, all previously known keys will no longer work with the vehicle.


Programming Additional RKE Transmitters


TIP: If only one transmitter is present, the quick learn procedure will not complete and a Remote Learn Pending message will display on the vehicle’s Driver Information Center (DIC). The new transmitter will not be learned and cannot be reprogrammed. Use SPS to add a new transmitter to the vehicle instead of the quick learn procedure.


The Adding Transmitters, also referred to as Adding Keys, programming does not erase any keys. The programming simply adds a key into the next available slot. If a new transmitter is being learned to replace a damaged, inoperative, or stolen transmitter, follow the Replacing Transmitters procedure to ensure that an old transmitter cannot be used.


Before performing the quick learn procedure to add a transmitter, verify all mechanical keys operate correctly.


To program a new transmitter, the vehicle must be off and all transmitters, both currently recognized and new, must be present.

1. Place the two recognized transmitters in the cupholder.

2. Remove the key lock cylinder cap on the driver’s door handle. Insert the vehicle key from the transmitter into the key lock cylinder on the driver’s door and turn the key counterclockwise, to the unlock position, five times within 10 seconds. The DIC will display READY FOR REMOTE #2, 3, 4, etc.

3. Place the new transmitter into the transmitter pocket. The transmitter pocket is inside the center console storage compartment between the driver’s seat and front passenger’s seat. (Fig. 19) The storage compartment will need to be opened and the storage tray (if equipped) must be lifted up to access the transmitter pocket.

4. Press Engine Start/Stop. When the transmitter is learned, the DIC will display that it is ready to program the next transmitter.

5. Remove the transmitter from the transmitter pocket and press the transmitter Lock or Unlock button.
To program additional transmitters, repeat Steps 3–5.
When all additional transmitters are programmed, press and hold Engine Start/Stop for 12 seconds to exit programming mode.

6. Place the vehicle key back into the transmitter.


Fig. 19


Refer to #PIC6208 for additional information on the quick learn procedure for 2017 models.


Refer to the appropriate Service Information for complete details on RKE transmitter programming for each specific GM model.


If keys/fobs of vehicles with under 100 miles (160 km) are lost or damaged in transit/transportation to the dealership, use labor code 0500010.


– Thanks to Lori Brohl



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