Modern cars are full of conveniences, and for many Americans, onboard garage door remotes are an expected luxury that has become commonplace. If you installed your garage door or purchased a new vehicle, you should have easy access to instruction manuals that can show you how to sync your car to your home. If you bought used, or the opener was pre-installed, you might not have that documentation. In either case, all of the most common models utilize the same set of steps to sync the door to the car and add that lustrous convenience to your life. Here’s how to do it.
Garage Door Remote Installation Syncing Steps
Before jumping into the steps, this guide covers the major models: Chamberlain, Genie, Direct Drive, Craftsman, Liftmaster, Linear, Overhead Door, Wayne-Dalton and Raynor. Combined, these brands account for more than 90 percent of all garage door openers, so you should be fine, but if your brand isn’t listed, the instructions may not work.
- First, position your car close to the opener, but with a ladder near the opener. Open your car’s owner’s manual to find the car side steps to make sure there is nothing out of the ordinary.
- Find the “learn” button. It will be located on the main device that houses the motor, and it will typically be bright colored. In some cases, it will be labeled, but in most, you are looking for a square, colored button.
- Press and release the “learn” button. Don’t hold it down. On all major models, holding the button makes it forget everything, and if you use additional remotes, this will be a pain. A simple, firm press and release will suffice.
- This part you can do by yourself, but it’s easiest with a partner. As quickly as possible after the “learn” button has been pressed, hold down the remote button which is usually on the vehicle’s ceiling near the dashboard lights. It usually only takes a few seconds, and when the sync is successful, the opener will indicate success via a flashing light or audio queue.
- Test the remote. The whole process is fast and easy, so try the car remote to make sure everything works.
Lasting Garage Door Opener Solutions
That’s all it takes. You can make the most of your newly synced garage door opener through best care practices that will enhance its longevity and help you avoid costly repairs and problems. In any case, any involvement with an automated garage door should stick to the basic safety principles. That simple guide will ensure that you can handle self-maintenance and general operation without any unnecessary complications or risks. Lastly, if you find yourself in need of a new garage door opener, take a look at some of the best options on the market.