Approximately 30% of the calls we receive from Minit stores are regarding the RME99 compatible remote controls. It confuses a lot of customer’s but they are actually very easy to do. For 50% of the remote controls you simply copy the dip switches the same way as the original remote and the other 50% are done in the reverse order. The remote identification booklet directs you to the correct programming instructions by showing you the page number to use in the yellow instruction booklet. Below is a diagram to show you. The remotes highlighted in green are the remotes that require the switches to be set in the same order. The remotes highlighted in pink are ones that require the RME99/RME99B’s switches to be set to the reverse order of the customer’s original remote. As you can see, all the ones in pink are the same design but are branded differently. 

a) RME99/RME99B Programming - Normal
When using the RME99, a lot of people find it confusing as to why the RME99 only has 10 dip switches, but the customer’s original remote has 12. To program set the 10 switches in RME99 exactly the same as the customer’s remote. Then, if dip switch 12 on the customer’s remote is down, simply break the wire link on the RME99. If it is in the up position leave the wire link. If using an RME99B which has 12 dip switches then set all 12 dip switches to be the same as the customer’s original remote. 

b) RME99/RME99B Programming - Reverse
Whilst this may look very confusing – it is actually rather simple once you understand it. When we (at Remote King technical support) receive a phone call regarding this scenario, we grab a sticky note and ask the customer the switch combination in the customer’s remote. We write the combination of the dip switches of the customer’s remote, in a straight line. We write it as ‘Pluses’ and ‘Minuses’. If the switch is up, it is represented as a ‘Plus’. If a switch is down, it is represented as a ‘Minus’. Below is an example of what it may look like. 

After we have written it down, we turn the sticky note upside down & add the new heading ‘New combination’. 

Now you can set the RME99 to the ‘New Combination’ as per the sticky note. If dip switch 12 on the ‘New Combination’ is a minus break the wire link on the RME99. If it is in the up position, leave the wire link. In the example above, the wire link on the RME99 would be broken as dip switch 12 is a minus. In an RME99B you just match the 12 switches as per the sticky note.

When ordering in an RTR-Shell5, it is paramount that you do not remove the transponder from the customer’s original key. The RTR-Shell5 ordered from Remote King includes a new transponder that can easily be programmed into the key using the procedure in your programming booklet. Many stores have had issues breaking transponders when trying to remove them from the customer’s key which is a very expensive exercise. 

Toyota changed the transponders used in their triangle shaped integrated keys and remotes at various stages from late 2009.Typically these chips can be identified by a ‘G’ stamped on the stem of the key blade; alternatively the best way to identify a G-Chip in the customer’s key is to use your bench top cloning device and identify what transponder the customer has. If it reads ‘67’ then the customer DOESN’T have a G-Chip. If it reads anything else, it is normally a G-Chip. If you require a G-Chip, Remote King can supply these. Below is a list of all the models and when they changed to the G-Chip. 

  • Hiace - 08/2010 to Current
  • Rav - 01/2010 to Current
  • Tarago - 12/2009 to Current
  • Corolla (Hatch and Sedan) - 10/2009 to Current
  • Yaris (Hatch & Sedan) - 01/2011 to Current
  • Hilux - 08/2009 to Current

Diagnostic Tools (or Scan Tools) are external programming systems that connect to the on-board computer of a car. The Diagnostic Tool enables the car to be put in programming mode to accept new keys and remotes when there is no built-in on-board manual programming procedure. Please note that bench top cloning tools are not Diagnostic Tools. If the booklets say that a remote requires diagnostic tools and you do not have diagnostic tools, then there is no alternative procedure. 

If the customer’s remote cannot be located in the booklet, the best option is to try cloning it using the RCR10. Sometimes it may be an older remote and therefore will be fixed code. Generally if the remote isn’t in the booklet it is either 1 of 2 things: 

  1. It is not available or manufactured anymore
  2. We have never seen it before. By cloning it you may be able to figure out if it is fixed code or not.

This means that the remote you cloned is a ‘Code Hopping’ remote and is not fixed code. Refer to the Remote Identification Booklet for identifying the correct remote.

This means that the remote you cloned is a ‘Code Hopping’ remote and is not fixed code. Refer to the Remote Identification Booklet for identifying the correct remote.

When a customer doesn’t have a working RMV01 (or similar), it is still possible to program a new remote. In the instructions it mentions you must lock and unlock the system with the customer’s remote control. Instead of doing this, replace it with the following: 

  1. Turn the car’s ignition to the ‘Accessories’ position and turn the radio off. Then turn the key to the ‘Off’ position and remove it from the ignition.
  2. Remove the negative terminal from the car’s battery and leave it off for a full 30 seconds (or more).
  3. Once at least 30 seconds has passed, re-connect the car’s battery and proceed with the remainder of the procedure.

Note: In the step where you need to press a button on the customer’s old remote, simply ignore that step.

Unfortunately, 99% of the time there is nothing that can be done since the majority of the fixed code remotes are no longer manufactured. There are a few exceptions listed below, and the product code you can order:

  • B&D MPC2 – RMPC2
  • B&D MPC3 or MPC4 – RMPC3
  • Tilt-A-Matic – RTAM1
  • Steeline/BOSS (only if the customer’s remote DOESN’T have dip switches) - RSL02G

The geuine RCF02 model is no longer produced. However, there are two solutions available: The first is to clone the customer’s remote if they still have a working RCF02 remote. This can be done on the cloning machine using an RCR10. The second option is to program an RCR15 into the cusomer’s vehicle. The RCR15 is an aftermarket alternative to the RCF02 remote and can be programmed in using existing on-board programming procedures found on page one in the yellow instruction booklet. This is a great option if the customer doesn’t have an existing remote control to clone.