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Old 03-10-2020, 01:20 PM   #1
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Default Anyone know how to program a 2006 Ion Key Fob

I don't want to pay a locksmith 100 bucks to do something I bet someone here knows how to do. Also gonna check YouTube but if I don't find the answer there I'd love it if someone could help me out.

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Old 03-10-2020, 03:10 PM   #2
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Diy remote keyless programming depends on which Saturn security system is used. Check your owner's manual or key for info. Passlock is the older security system and requires dealer, locksmith or diy aftermarket scantool to program the body control module to accept up to four remotes. Passkey, with markings on the key, should be diy programmable without dealer or locksmith services. If I'm not mistaken, Passkey uses rfid, the chip embedded into the plastic head of ignition keys. The rfid chip is excited when the key is inserted into the ignition switch nearby the transponder turning on. The local rf signal excites the rfid chip into xmitting its discrete code with transponder receiving and sending the code to the bcm. If the bcm recognizes this code in its memory, it sends a go signal to the ecm to allow normal startup otherwise the security system detects an incorrect code and locks out the starting circuit and turns on the lights and beeps the horn.

Passkey should allow diy programming of old and new keys added to replace lost or missing rfid keys. You can buy rfid keys for Passkey systems then either have GM cut the key according to VIN or try key cutting services (with no guarantee they cut correctly until the key is inserted and turned on the igniting switch). Programming goes something like inserting your good key into the ignition switch, turning on ignition, waiting for an indicator that tells you the bcm is ready to accept new rfid keys, turning off ignition, removing the good key followed by inserting the new rfid key and turning on ignition. The short time between key insertion and turning on ignition is the learning window to learn new rfid keys. Each new key is inserted during the brief exchange from one key to the next. Taking longer to exchange keys in the ignition switch simply times out and prevents an unknown rfid key from being learned. The transponder is turned on each time a key is inserted and turned so the system is already there to learn new rfid keys. No scantool or other external devices ate needed to program new rfid keys.

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Old 03-10-2020, 03:19 PM   #3
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Nope, Key fobs need a GM TechII or other scanner capable of remote programming.

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Default Re: Anyone know how to program a 2006 Ion Key Fob

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Diy remote keyless programming depends on which Saturn security system is used. Check your owner's manual or key for info. Passlock is the older security system and requires dealer, locksmith or diy aftermarket scantool to program the body control module to accept up to four remotes. Passkey, with markings on the key, should be diy programmable without dealer or locksmith services. If I'm not mistaken, Passkey uses rfid, the chip embedded into the plastic head of ignition keys. The rfid chip is excited when the key is inserted into the ignition switch nearby the transponder turning on. The local rf signal excites the rfid chip into xmitting its discrete code with transponder receiving and sending the code to the bcm. If the bcm recognizes this code in its memory, it sends a go signal to the ecm to allow normal startup otherwise the security system detects an incorrect code and locks out the starting circuit and turns on the lights and beeps the horn.

Passkey should allow diy programming of old and new keys added to replace lost or missing rfid keys. You can buy rfid keys for Passkey systems then either have GM cut the key according to VIN or try key cutting services (with no guarantee they cut correctly until the key is inserted and turned on the igniting switch). Programming goes something like inserting your good key into the ignition switch, turning on ignition, waiting for an indicator that tells you the bcm is ready to accept new rfid keys, turning off ignition, removing the good key followed by inserting the new rfid key and turning on ignition. The short time between key insertion and turning on ignition is the learning window to learn new rfid keys. Each new key is inserted during the brief exchange from one key to the next. Taking longer to exchange keys in the ignition switch simply times out and prevents an unknown rfid key from being learned. The transponder is turned on each time a key is inserted and turned so the system is already there to learn new rfid keys. No scantool or other external devices ate needed to program new rfid keys.
All Ions use Passlock and plain keys without any chips or RFID transponders. Posting the PASS-Key key programming procedure was unnecessary, but you are correct in that PASS-Key equipped vehicles are DIY-friendly when it comes to key (and fob) programming.

As previously mentioned, a Tech II is required for RKE transmitter programming and up to four fobs can be programmed to the same BCM.

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