Maybe you’ve noticed those three little buttons in your new car. You’ve got a universal garage door opener built into your vehicle and that’s a great way to get your old garage door clicker off your visor and out of your way. Trouble is… how do you set it up? I’m glad you asked.
(Because nothing technology related can be too simple, there are two different companies that make these universal garage door openers, however one of these companies went out of business 5 years ago, so new vehicle are all going to be the same. Some older vehicles may have this now defunked system)
Step 1 – Identify which system you have. If there’s only one light above those three buttons you have a HomeLink system, and 90% you will have this system. Proceed to step 2.
Step 2 – Take the garage door clicker you currently use to get into your garage, and hold it about an inch or two from the three buttons. Press and hold the button on your clicker and press and hold one of the buttons on your HomeLink remote, any one of those three you want. You’ll see that one light flash slowly. Keep holding both your remote button and your HomeLink button until you see a fast blink. That signifies that the HomeLink has accepted the frequency your clicker was sending out.
Step 3 – Do the following with the HomeLink button you just held down
- Press and hold for 3 seconds
- Let it go for three seconds
- Press and hold for another 3 seconds
If you see the light blink in your garage, or the door starts to move, release the HomeLink button. You’re all set and ready to go! If it doesn’t…
Step 4 – Your garage door might operate using “rolling codes”. All that really means is between steps 2 and 3 you’ll need to hit a Learn or Program button on your garage door opener motor itself. It’s that black box that hangs from the ceiling of your garage. Once you hit that button you have 30 seconds to get back to your car and complete Step 3. I’d recommend making this a two person job. One to hit the button on the garage door opener motor, and the other to be inside the car ready to do Step 3.
This process can be a little tricky, especially since most people will only go through it once every few years. Your friendly neighborhood technology specialists pair HomeLink remotes to garage doors every day. Feel free to contact us to come out and complete this process for you if this seems too complicated, or if you’d just rather not deal with it!
Andy’s Note #1: On your garage door opener clicker you’ve used before this, all you had to do was give it a quick, doorbell like tap and your garage door would open. Your HomeLink remote in your vehicle requires you press and hold the button in your vehicle for a full second or two, until you see your garage door respond. A quick tap won’t be enough for HomeLink.
Andy’s Note #2: If you ever want to clear your garage door frequency out of your vehicle, for instance when you trade it in for something newer, all you have to do is press the two outside HomeLink buttons for about 20 seconds, until you see the light fast blink. This will erase all the stored codes and insure the next owner can’t open your garage door.