In this video I show you how I programmed key fobs in a '97 LeSabre without a factory scan tool. Should work on the '96 to '99's but check your shop manual first to see.
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50 thoughts on “1996 – ’99 buick lesabre: key fob reprogramming procedure”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nexus says:

    It's not working for me. I ordered some from amazon so I'm guessing the batteries are dead in the fobs

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Adonai Morton says:

    What are those metal things called that you use to stick in the 4 and 8

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sparks3961 says:

    Great video thanks for the help

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bumberhootn says:

    what if i never had a fob for my car will it still work?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Anthony Ford says:

    I followed you proces. I place my key into the ignition. I closed the door. I turned the key and my door locked & unlocked. I only have the one Key Fob to my Vehicle. I purchase on Ebay used for $ 25.00. I pressed both the Lock & Unlock at the same time. Nothing happened. Any suggestions?

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Anthony Ford says:

    20 second actually. Thanks.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gerald Paul says:

    What if my port 8 is missing the silver connection in it ?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Saul Job says:

    I have a 97 oldsmobile 88, but can't program it because it does not have pin number 8

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Arturo Benavides says:

    Do I need a scan tool to program new key fobs for 2001 buick lesabre??? Thanks .

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Arturo Benavides says:

    Is the procedure for program keyfob for a 2001 buick lesabre the same for 1997-1999 buick lesabre?

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Qnik says:

    🔥🔥👍🏾

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars riblets1968 says:

    I can vouch that this procedure works for this vintage of LeSabre. Thank you very much, Eric!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James DiMario says:

    Works great.I followed the instructions that come with a cheapy from e-bay and their diagram was backward and the sequence was reversed so, I just watch this video and got it right…Thanks

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars thebigyellowfella says:

    I tried this on my 2000 LeSabre and my locks never cycled. I'd greatly appreciate any advice or tips. Thank you.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Poon Tsunami says:

    Can you send a link to the jumper wire used in the vid?

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars riblets1968 says:

    That's a heluva lot easier than a Toyota smart key! I'm actually considering getting a LeSabre of this vintage and I stumbled upon this video while looking for more information on it.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ray Damico says:

    Will this be the same process for a 1997 riviera?

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eddie Brown says:

    What if you cat does not have a connection in terminal #8?

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Abbott says:

    Great channel, i have seen many of your videos they are informative and useful. Thanks for the effort

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenny Campbell says:

    Thank you for this very informative video, will this work with a used Key Fob on a 2001 Buick Lesabre?

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chad H says:

    This method confirmed for a 1996 Oldsmobile 98.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Chiodetti says:

    COOL!

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeremy Gerhardt says:

    I need help!!!! I acidently put my jumper wires in #4 hand #8 now my cars in a state of no crank no start? Please help

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Duncan Mac says:

    Thanks for the video.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Randy says:

    My 97 Rivera doesn't have a pin in number 8

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Casey W says:

    will this work on 02buick lesabre ? please say yes i have no key or button for door locks

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Casey W says:

    will this work on 02buick lesabre ? please say yes i have no key or button for door locks

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Casey W says:

    will this work on 02buick lesabre ? please say yes i have no key or button for door locks

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Casey W says:

    will this work on 02buick lesabre ? please say yes i have no key or button for door locks

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Casey W says:

    will this work on 02buick lesabre ? please say yes i have no key or button for door locks

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars john smith says:

    If I program only one new fob will my old good one still work too??? Thanks

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars babe ruth says:

    What do you do if you have no 8 pin?

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ampersandman says:

    When you stick those wires in slot 4and 8 do they have to be attached to a battery?

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jesse S says:

    Thanks for the video, the wiring diagram that the key fob factory sent me was inverted. You got it right here and solved my problem. Once I saw where your leads were inserted it was done immediately. Much thanks!

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Davidson says:

    Hey Eric, Can you cover this on 2000-2005 buick lesabre? It requires some different procedure and im not finding a clear answer on if you can have multiple key fobs?

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dane Jensen says:

    I have a 1999 Buick Regal. I tried to jump #4 to #8, but was surprised to find there is no #8 wire. What gives?

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joeblackakareaper says:

    I just picked up a 1998 LaSabre with one non working key fob . I purchased 2 new ones and I jumped 4 and 8 in the scanner plug and it didn't work . I then bought a used receiver module on eBay , installed it and it didn't work either . I changed the pass-key 15 amp fuse (1-A) even though it looked good , and that didn't work either . Any suggestions ? TheReaper!

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joeblackakareaper says:

    I just tried this with a 1998 LaSabre that I just picked up . I didn't work so I'm guessing the pass key module is bad ??? From what I've read there is some reprogramming needed to replace the module . It never ends . TheReaper!

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cornelius Toney says:

    i have a 94 lesabre custom do I need a certain type of key fob?

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alex M says:

    I've got one for you maybe you can help me with. 2002 Buick Century Limited. Previous owner had aftermarket remote start installed and FOB programmed. In doing so, the trunk unlock button no longer functions (it does nothing now). Alarm, lock, unlock are all fine, and remote start is simultaneous lock and unlock button. Anyway to retain remote start and get my trunk button back? Sucks having to use the key. I do know for a fact that it used to work before that install. I'm thinking maybe it was programmed wrong?

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars hauntedsole says:

    does this work for a 2005 too

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thomas Streetman says:

    How about a 2002 Chrysler?

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph Carter says:

    Eric, where can I buy a "jump wire" like the one you used on the video of programming a remote for a 1997 Buick LaSabre please? I've looked everyplace for it. If I can make it myself, what gauge wire did you use please? Thanks so much, Eric!

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Oscar Lopez says:

    southmainauto man addicted to your videos im a mechanic a disabled mechanic at that love the vids

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thomas Stark says:

    I wish it was that simple with my Saab. I was told 50 miles was the nearest dealership to program a fob. The Saab tech that works there only comes in on Tuesday and Thursday.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jimmy S says:

    On my brother's 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. For his key fob there is a wire with a single pigtail on the right side of the trunk in a harness for the rear lights.   Ground that pigtail and I was able to program 2 different FOBS to it.  Took me 10 mins to find the wire.  

    I hate the stealerships too.   I had to run a car in once for a 5 min job of doing a CKP relearn. I did not own a Tech II tool to do this myself.  All they do is plug in a scan tool into the OBD II port.  Start the car.  Turn off all accessories and apply parking brake and rev the engine until the rev limiter kicks in.  That is the easiest $78 they made from me and I saw they charged me an environmental fee on top of that.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 8power0 says:

    1 Very cool video and thank you .

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BrianLeeUSA73 says:

    could you by any chance tell me how to program my 2001 jeep cherokee sport keyless entry would it be the same as this ford? I do have a obd2 reader scan tool if that helps?

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew Misito says:

    Good video – Good Tip  – – will this also work on a Ford Fob ?