Here is a quick HowTo on programming your own keyless entry:
1) Turn ignition to OFF.
2) Locate the Data Link Connector, its a black 16 pin connecter that is under the driver's side dash, right where your right knee would be. You have to look up into the dash from below to see it.
3) Ground pin 1 of the Data Link Connector by taking a wire or paper clip and running it from pin 1 to pin 4. Pin 4 is ground so you can just short pin 1 to 4 and it will be grounded. Grounding pin 1 tells the system you are ready to reprogram it.
4) Close all of your doors.
5) Turn the key to ACC then back off. The power door locks will lock/unlock. This is the signal that the system is ready for reprogramming.
6) Push a button on your key fob, doesn't matter which button.
7) If you have 2 key fobs, then press a button on the 2nd fob within 1 minute of pressing a button on the 1st fob. Both must be programmed at the same time. If you only have 1 fob then press a button 2 more times to signal that you only have one.
8) The doors will lock/unlock to signal the codes were received.
9) Remove the jumper wire from the data connector.
This is the same process that I use/used to reprogram my stock key fob. It's word for word on how to do this on your Avenger/Sebring. Since it's not in my own words I used quotes and it was written (or copied) by several folks with either 2G Eclipses/Talons or Avenger/Sebrings, I give those folks kudos...you know who you are.
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anyways, the way the pin layout is, is that pin 1 is on the top closest to the passenger side marked in blue, and pin 4 is marked in red. If you get under there you can see that only some holes have metal while others dont.
If the picture doesn't help then the top is widest and pin 1 is on top closest to passenger and pin 4 is 3 over from pin 1 on the top. Hope this helps. took me about 20 mins to figure it all out.
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I have a 1997 Sebring convertible, and need to program my remotes. I have seen this instruction before. However, when I look at my data connector (on left side, just under dash, near knee), I see that the long edge has no pin in either end (pin 1 and pin 8), so I cannot ground pin 1.
Is there somewhere else that I can get to this line, perhaps at the under-hood computer? I don't understand why there would be no pin at this location, but....
Thanks Silver for the info. I just snagged me an old avenger remote from ebay for 7 bucks (shipping and all), just now finished programming it and it worked like a charm. Saved me lots o money opposed to the dealership doing it.
I recently tried programming a remote using the instructions posted by silvercoupe, however, I could not get the doors to lock after turning the key to ACC and then back to OFF.
Is there a limit to the number of remotes that can be programmed for one car, and is there a way to delete these remotes from the car's memory? Or could there be a different problem?
The remote I'm trying to program is an original Avenger one as far as I know.
P.S. Does anyone know what lights should light up in the instrument cluster of a 97 Avenger ES? The ones of mine that light up are: seatbelts, SRS, E-brake, Battery, Doors and Cruise. I have a feeling that some (check engine...) may be burned out.
Thanks for this..got 2 keyfobs for 10 bones today and now have keyless entry. Might want to add you need to remove the key for the fob to work... took me a bit to realize that.. maybe thats common knowledge?
I went through the programming instructions and everything went great. The doors locked and unlocked like expected, I programmed 2 remotes and they locked and unlocked again saying the codes were recieved. However when I tested the fob it still did not work. The only thing that works on each fob is the panic button. What is the problem and how can I fix it?
I'm following these directions and for the life of me I can't get the locks to cycle after I ground pin 1. Is there another way to get to pin 1 (or where it goes) or another way to program a remote? btw mine is a 97 avenger es if that helps
I am having the same problem. I have followed the directions word for word and cannot get my locks to cycle. Locks work fine from the switches. I have jumped pin 1 and 4 and I have ground pin 1 to the chassis. Makes no difference. 96 Avenger ES. Car purchase used and did not come with a remote. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanx.