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Buick Regal 2018-2022 Owners Manual / Keys, Doors, and Windows / Keys and Locks / Keyless Unlocking/Locking from the Driver Door

Buick Regal: Keyless Unlocking/Locking from the Driver Door

When the doors are locked and the RKE transmitter is within 1m (3 ft) of the driver door handle, pressing the lock/unlock button on the driver door handle will unlock the driver door. If the lock/unlock button is pressed again within five seconds, all passenger doors will unlock. Pull the door handle to unlatch the door.

Driver Side Shown, Passenger Driver Side Shown, Passenger Similar

Pressing the lock/unlock button will cause all doors to lock if any of the following occur:

  • It has been more than five seconds since the first lock/ unlock button press.
  • Two lock/unlock button presses were used to unlock all doors.
  • Any vehicle door has opened and all doors are now closed.

Keyless Unlocking/Locking from the Passenger Doors

When the doors are locked and the RKE transmitter is within 1m (3 ft) of the passenger door handle, pressing the lock/unlock button on the passenger door handle will unlock all doors.

Pressing the lock/unlock button will cause all doors to lock if any of the following occur:

  • The lock/unlock button was used to unlock all doors.
  • Any vehicle door has opened and all doors are now closed.

Anti-Theft Locking from Any Door

When all doors are locked using the lock/unlock button, a second press of the button within five seconds will activate the Anti-Theft Locking system.

Anti-Theft Unlocking from Any Door

When all doors are unlocked using the lock/unlock button, the Anti-Theft Locking system will be deactivated.

Passive Locking

This feature will lock the vehicle several seconds after all doors are closed, if the vehicle is off and at least one RKE transmitter has been removed from the interior or none remain in the interior.

The fuel door will lock.

If other electronic devices interfere with the RKE transmitter signal, the vehicle may not detect the RKE transmitter inside the vehicle.

If passive locking is enabled, the doors may lock with the RKE transmitter inside the vehicle. Do not leave the RKE transmitter in an unattended vehicle.

To customize the doors to automatically lock when exiting the vehicle.

Temporary Disable of Passive Locking

Temporarily disable passive locking by pressing and holding interior door switch with a door open on the interior door switch with a door open for at least four seconds, or until three chimes are heard. Passive locking will then remain disabled until pressed, or until the vehicle is on the interior door is pressed, or until the vehicle is turned on.

Remote Left in Vehicle Alert

When the vehicle is turned off and an RKE transmitter is left in the vehicle, the horn will chirp three times after all doors are closed.

Remote No Longer in Vehicle Alert

If the vehicle is on with a door open, and then all doors are closed, the vehicle will check for RKE transmitters inside. If an RKE transmitter is not detected, the Driver Information Center (DIC) will display NO REMOTE DETECTED and the horn will chirp three times.

This occurs only once each time the vehicle is driven.

Keyless Liftgate Opening

When the doors are locked, press the touch pad under the emblem to open the liftgate if the RKE transmitter is within 1 m (3 ft).

Key Access

To access a vehicle with a weak transmitter battery.

Programming Transmitters to the Vehicle

Only RKE transmitters programmed to the vehicle will work. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can be purchased and programmed through your dealer.

The vehicle can be reprogrammed so that lost or stolen RKE transmitters no longer work. Any remaining RKE transmitters will need to be reprogrammed. Each vehicle can have up to eight transmitters matched to it.

Programming with Recognized Transmitters

A new RKE transmitter can be programmed to the vehicle when there are two recognized RKE transmitters. To program, the vehicle must be off and all of the RKE transmitters, both currently recognized and new, must be with you.

1. Place the recognized RKE

1. Place the recognized RKE transmitters into the storage bin with the lock icon.

2. Remove the key lock cylinder cap.

3. Insert the vehicle key of the new RKE transmitter into the key lock cylinder located on the outside of the driver door and turn the key counterclockwise to the unlock position five times within 10 seconds.

The DIC displays READY FOR REMOTE #3, 4 or 5.

4. Place the new RKE transmitter into the storage bin with the buttons facing up.

5. Press ENGINE START/STOP.

When the RKE transmitter is learned, the DIC will show that it is ready to program the next transmitter.

6. Remove the RKE transmitter from the storage bin and press .

To program additional RKE transmitters, repeat Steps 3-5.

When all additional RKE transmitters are programmed, press and hold ENGINE START/STOP for 12 seconds to exit programming mode.

7. Put the key back into the transmitter.

8. Replace the key lock cylinder cap.

Programming without a Recognized Transmitter

If there are no currently recognized RKE transmitters available, follow this procedure to program up to eight RKE transmitters. This procedure will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The vehicle must be off and all of the RKE transmitters you wish to program must be with you.

1. Remove the key lock cylinder cap.

2. Insert the vehicle key of the RKE transmitter into the key lock cylinder located on the outside of the driver door and turn the key to the unlock position, counterclockwise, five times within 10 seconds.

The DIC displays REMOTE LEARN PENDING, PLEASE WAIT.

3. Wait for 10 minutes until the DIC displays PRESS ENGINE START BUTTON TO LEARN and then press ENGINE START/STOP.

The DIC will again display REMOTE LEARN PENDING, PLEASE WAIT.

4. Repeat Step 2 two additional times. After the third time all previously known RKE transmitters will no longer work with the vehicle. Remaining RKE transmitters can be relearned during the next steps.

The DIC should now display READY FOR REMOTE # 1.

5. Place the new RKE transmitter

5. Place the new RKE transmitter into the storage bin with the buttons facing up.

6. Press ENGINE START/STOP.

When the RKE transmitter is learned, the DIC will show that it is ready to program the next transmitter.

7. Remove the RKE transmitter from the storage bin and press .

To program additional RKE transmitters, repeat Steps 4-6.

When all additional RKE transmitters are programmed, press and hold ENGINE START/STOP for 12 seconds to exit programming mode.

8. Put the key back into the transmitter.

9. Replace the key lock cylinder cap.

Starting the Vehicle with a Low Transmitter Battery

If the transmitter battery is weak or if there is interference with the signal, the DIC may display NO REMOTE DETECTED or NO REMOTE KEY WAS DETECTED PLACE KEY IN TRANSMITTER POCKET THEN START YOUR VEHICLE when you try to start the vehicle. The DIC may also display REPLACE BATTERY IN REMOTE KEY.

To start the vehicle:

1. Place the RKE transmitter in

1. Place the RKE transmitter in the storage bin with the buttons facing up.

2. With the vehicle in P (Park) or N (Neutral), press the brake pedal and ENGINE START/ STOP. See Starting the Engine for additional information about the vehicle's keyless ignition with pushbutton start.

Replace the transmitter battery as soon as possible.

Battery Replacement

Replace the battery if the DIC displays REPLACE BATTERY IN REMOTE KEY.

Caution: When replacing the battery, do not touch any of the circuitry on the transmitter. Static from your body could damage the transmitter.

The battery is not rechargeable. To replace the battery:

1. To remove the key, press the button on the back of the RKE transmitter near the bottom, and pull the key out. Never pull the key out without pressing the button.

2. Remove the battery cover by prying it with a finger.

3. Remove the battery by pushing on the battery and sliding it toward the key blade.

4. Insert the new battery, positive side facing up. Push the battery down until it is held in place. Replace with a CR2032 or equivalent battery.

5. Snap the battery cover back on to the RKE transmitter.

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