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I just recently purchased an 01 CRV and purchased a fob on eBay because my car didn’t come with one. I followed the instructions to the t and the remote will not program.
I came across a post that you need to stock radio head unit to program the fob. Is that true? Mine came with after market head unit.
Please help.
 

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Try sitting in the center of the car, not sure about to stock radio.

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and what instructions did you follow
 

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I just recently purchased an 01 CRV and purchased a fob on eBay because my car didn’t come with one. I followed the instructions to the t and the remote will not program.
I came across a post that you need to stock radio head unit to program the fob. Is that true? Mine came with after market head unit.
Please help.
The radio in the first-gen CR-V had nothing to do with the fob programming. I had a JVC in mine for eight years and the fobs continued working.

I would be sure, though, that you received the correct key fob. For the '97, I remember that there was a standard fob but, if the OEM alarm system was installed (it was a dealer-installed accessory), it used a different fob; it was not, however, very common and those are hard to find. Usually they are identified by the FCC ID.

As I understand it, the control module for the standard fob was either in the driver's door or the left kick panel next to the pedals.


Step 1: Gather all the remotes. You only need one remote to access program mode, but all remotes must be programmed during the same session. Your Honda will “forget” any remote previously programmed.
Step 2: Sit in the vehicle with all the doors closed and unlocked.
Step 3: Turn the key to the ON position, one click before starting the ignition. The lights on the accessories should come on and the dash will light up.
Step 4: Within 5 second of turning the key to the ON position, press the LOCK button on your remote control transmitter for one second.
Step 5: Turn the key to the OFF position.
Step 6: Repeat Steps 4 & 5 two more times for a total of three ON/OFF cycles. Each step must be done within 5 seconds of the previous step.
Step 7: Turn the key back to the ON position (this will be your fourth turn of the key), press the “LOCK” button on your remote. The locks on your Honda will make a clunk noise exactly as they do when locking. You doors have not locked. This noise indicates your Honda is now in Remote Programming Mode. Do not turn the key off.
Step 8: If you would like to program more than one remote, press the LOCK button on each additional remote for 1 second. As with all other steps, you have 5 seconds to complete this step. Programming Mode will be activate for a total of 10 seconds. Only 3 remotes can be programmed to each Honda.
Your locks will make the clunking noise (as though the doors have locked) after each remote is programmed to indicate they have been successfully stored in the system’s memory.
Step 9: Turn the key to the OFF position and remove it from the ignition. Test all of your remotes to ensure they have been successfully programmed.
Remember that your remote will not work if the key is in the ignition. If you’ve lost your keyless entry remote, it’s a good idea to reprogram your Honda remote to protect your vehicle from theft.

Note one tip--after Step 7 above, be sure to press the LOCK button a second time. I was once trying to program three remotes to an Accord and I found that the first remote I was trying to program was not being saved, but the second and third were programmed properly. After Step 7, you have to press LOCK on each remote you want to program, including the remote you were using to start the programming sequence. That was what held me up with the Accord.

And as they say, to test, the key needs to be out of the ignition.
 
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