Tech Article Title Author Date
Reprogramming Keyless Entry ('97 model) Mark Quinn 1997

You will need two keys and both remotes to (re)program your remotes. Follow the directions below. Note: the 1996 model year remotes are different and probably will not work the manner below. I do not know the situation with later model years.

  1. Take one key and put it in the ignition and turn the ignition ON.
  2. Close and lock the driver's door with the second key (while the ignition remains on).
  3. Take the first remote and press the "UNLOCK" button ONCE only - alarm will 'beep' but door will remain locked.
  4. With the key, unlock and lock the door again.
  5. Test the remote by pressing the "UNLOCK" button again - door should unlock.
  6. Open the door and turn ignition off and back on again using the first key.
  7. Continue the procedure for the second remote - close & lock the door with the second key (leaving the ignition on).
  8. Take the second remote and press the "UNLOCK" button TWICE - alarm will 'beep' each time button is pressed but door will remain locked.
  9. With the key, unlock and lock the door again.
  10. Test the remote by pressing the "UNLOCK" button again - door should unlock.
  11. Remove both keys, close the door and perform a final retest by locking and unlocking the car with both remotes.

FAQ addition from Dale Kirstein:

Several people have e-mailed me over the last few months about this, so perhaps you would like to add this to the Keyless entry FAQ regarding 96 models, otherwise none as "Classic A4" It refers to keyfobs with 2 buttons only.

Here is the procedure for programming the keyless locking system on 96 A4s to respond to a new keyfob, or to reset it if it gets "stupid". This procedure assumes that you have the keyless entry option factory installed, and are just adding a new fob (although I've been told you can buy the receiver later and install it yourself) . You can do it at home. You will need 2 keys.

Please Note: The 1996 keyless system doesn't let you do any of the fancy coding features that the later cars allow. All you can do is unlock all and lock all. The point of the FAQ is to allow you to program your car to respond to a new keyless remote that you've bought, or if for some reason the car stops responding you can sometimes "wake it up" with that procedure.

1. Put 1 key in the ignition and turn it on. (Don't start the car, just turn it on until the dash lights up.
2. Roll down driver's side window. (You don't really have to do this, but I'd hate to lock my key in the car)
3. Take the second key and lock the car using the drivers door.
4. Hold BOTH buttons on the remote until the turn signals flash and the door unlocks. It should take about 5 seconds or less. Bingo!

To program a second remote, open the door, turn the ignition off and back on, lock the door and hold both buttons on the second remote until the lights flash and the door unlocks.




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