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    new key program

    I decided to drop onstar and get an extra key with a "secret hiding place" under the car in case of lock out. I ordered the key from parts for a pricey sum and then was supposed to go the shop to program for another pricey sum. I did not have the 30 minutes required at that time and just rode the new key around for the rest of the day. I had tried it at the dealer when I first got it and it did not work. Later that day I discovered the key had programmed itself. Try it if you are going to get an extra key.

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    Humm, what else does this key do? It would appear, there is a wireless connection to the key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmsls1 View Post
    Humm, what else does this key do?
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    I do not know about our Cruze. But on my other GM vehicles with a chip in the key the process goes like this:

    1. Place an already programmed key in the key cylinder
    2. Cycle the ignition from OFF to ON (RUN) to OFF.
    3. Within 15 seconds, insert the new key in the ignition. Turn the ignition to the ON (RUN) or START position. The "security" indicator light will go on and then off. Turn the ignition "OFF".
    4. The new key will now start the vehicle.

    Programming the FOB is a bit different. Did your Fob start working too?
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    I saw something in the cruze manual, but i'm not entirely sure about it. In the weird triangle hole in between the E-brake and the shifter, there should be a piece of plastic on the bottom that you remove. Then, you take your new key and put it into the key-hole, and the key syncs to your car, allowing you to re-program/program a new wireless key to work with your car.

    **EDIT: and NO I didn't read EVERY page of the manual, but i still thumbed through the parts I didn't read.
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    To initiate, this procedure requires that 1 learned key be available
    A total of 8 keys maybe be learned to a single vehicle
    This procedure adds keys only. The procedure does not erase previously learned keys.
    The keys to be learned must duplicate the mechanical cut of the current key.
    1. With a previously learned key, turn the ignition ON.
    2. Turn the ignition OFF and remove the key.
    3. Within 10 seconds of turning OFF the ignition, insert the key to be learned and turn ON the ignition. The vehicle has now learned the new key and key transmitter.

    You have to use new key/fobs, they only learn one vehicle.
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    My 2012 owners manual explains how to program a new remote. Can DIY. Only problem is paying a small fortune for that extra remote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickD View Post
    My 2012 owners manual explains how to program a new remote. Can DIY. Only problem is paying a small fortune for that extra remote.
    My dealer told me around $50 and I believe others on here have confirmed. I think one person said $80-90.

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