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Old 11-15-09, 03:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Key programing

I see post about programing keys but not actual instructions.
Can someone point me to instruction how to program key for RL.
I have '97 Acura RL,I have black key (I assume it is master) and I found red key also.
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The black key is your "master" key. The red key is the "learning" key. "Do-Not" attempt to start your RL with the red key. It can cause the immobilizer system to malfunction and it will make the black master key (and gray valet key if you have one) unusable. The red learning key is used by the dealer to code new master or valet keys to your car's particular immobilized unit. You can take the red learning key to an Acura/Honda dealer and with that key they can code you new keys using the Honda-PGM tester.
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Too late already tried but nothing happened.I ordered two blanks from Ebay,so I guess I take those blanks,red and master to dealer.Any idea how much do they charge?
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I don't know what they charge for the service. And I don't know if they will code "third party" key blanks either. All you can do is ask. Hope you didn't screw-up your immobilizer system by using the red key.
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bostech, have you taken the blank you got off ebay to the dealer? I got one off ebay too, but haven't had time to get it cut and programed. Just wondering what you had to bring and how much it was.

I guess if they don't program "third party" keys (even though it is OEM) you can take it to a local locksmith
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Well,i'll find out if they bother to answer phone.One dealer is not answering at all and second one I get secretary but still no service dept.
I took key to ACE hardware but he was clueless,he swiped key thru that box but didnt register chip in it.
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The immobilizer system works in 3 parts. The key, the immobilizer unit and the ECU. If any one of these is out of sync, it will result in a no-start. I just did a key cylinder swap on a Prelude (same system). The new part came with a new immobilizer unit and keys that needed to be brought to the dealer for programming. What I did was I reused the existing immobilizer unit, took the keys to the dealer and had they clone the code from the old key to the new and it works like a charm. If you have new keys cut, it would probably be a more cost effective solution to have a RFID clone over onto the new keys then paying more and have a complete reprogram.
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Well,i'll find out if they bother to answer phone.One dealer is not answering at all and second one I get secretary but still no service dept.
I took key to ACE hardware but he was clueless,he swiped key thru that box but didnt register chip in it.
yeah I took mine to ACE also, but they said they can only program their aftermarket ones and not the OEM keys. Let me know if you get through to the dealer. (the one off Atlantic blvd?)
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yeah I took mine to ACE also, but they said they can only program their aftermarket ones and not the OEM keys. Let me know if you get through to the dealer. (the one off Atlantic blvd?)
The one in Alhambra, CA?
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The one in Alhambra, CA?
nah, jacksonville FL
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Dealer wants $120...I guess $5 for key and $115 for hard working labor.Locksmith wants $99.ACE is clueless about Acura RL keys.
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what the hell, is that the price with a new key too? or just for cutting and programming it? because I already have a blank
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