How to Program a Chevy HHR Key 2006 – 2012: A DIY Guide to Chevrolet Transponder Ignition

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Are you looking for a way to program a Chevy HHR Key for your 2006-2012 model? In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of programming a Chevy HHR Key on your own. Whether you have lost all your keys or just need to add a new one without erasing the old ones, we’ve got you covered.

Before we begin, it’s essential to note that this procedure is suitable for vehicles that have lost all their keys. If you only need to add a key without erasing existing ones, we have a separate video tutorial for that which you can find in the description box.

Here are some things you need to have before getting started:

  1. Unprogrammed Key with Blade Cut: You will need a new key that is unprogrammed but has the blade cut. You can get this done at a dealership or an automotive locksmith.

  2. Time: Set aside around 30 to 35 minutes for the entire procedure. It is important to have enough time before you start to ensure a smooth process.

Once you have your unprogrammed key with the blade cut and have allocated enough time, you can proceed to the next step. Here’s a detailed guide on how to program your Chevy HHR Key:

  1. Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the “On” position. Leave it in the “On” position throughout the programming process.

  2. Start a timer for 10 minutes. During this time, observe the security light on your dashboard. The security light will turn off when the 10 minutes are up.

  3. After 10 minutes, turn the ignition to the “Off” position. Then, turn it back to the “On” position. Start the timer for another 10 minutes.

  4. Repeat step 3 one more time. Turn the key to the “Off” position, then back to the “On” position. Start the timer for another 10 minutes.

  5. As you reach the third and final 10-minute mark, pay attention to the security light. While it may go out like before, it may also flash once or repeatedly. The crucial point is to monitor the timing and watch for any change in the security light.

  6. Once the third 10 minutes are up, turn the key to the “Off” position. Then, turn it back to the “On” position. Your key should now be programmed.

  7. Check the functionality of the programmed key by removing it from the ignition and starting your vehicle.

It is worth noting that when you first program a new key, it may require a slightly longer crank forward, as if holding the ignition for an additional second or two. This is normal and should not be a cause for concern.

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Programming a Chevy HHR Key for your 2006-2012 model is a manageable task that can be done in the comfort of your own garage. By following the outlined steps and allocating enough time, you can successfully program the key and ensure the smooth operation of your vehicle’s transponder ignition system.

Remember to obtain an unprogrammed key with a blade cut from either a dealership or an automotive locksmith. Additionally, be prepared to set aside around 30 to 35 minutes for the entire programming process.

By taking the DIY route, you not only save time and money but also gain a deeper understanding of your vehicle’s key programming procedure. So go ahead, program your Chevy HHR Key, and enjoy the convenience and peace of mind that comes with having full control over your vehicle’s security system.

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