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Old 07-30-2004, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Programming of ignition key and ECU

Hello to all, what is the correct procedure to program the ignition key to the main ECU on the Honda Pilot? I was wanting extra keys for my Pilot but I understand thee is more to it than going to the dealership and having a key cut. If I get a key made, can I program the key to the ECU myself or does this have to be done at the dealership?

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The key that is cut by the parts dept of any honda dealer will work with your pilot. The only thing that need to be program is if you buy a new remote for the alarm.
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Thanks so much for the key information John, that is great news to hear! All I wanted was a set of spare keys without the remote key fob.

Thanks again for the quick response!
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I am pretty sure there is an immobilizer chip inside the key. If you just get a key cut but not programmed, the key will only be able to open the doors but not start the Pilot.
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I am pretty sure there is an immobilizer chip inside the key. If you just get a key cut but not programmed, the key will only be able to open the doors but not start the Pilot.
Correct you are...The key has to be programmed by a dealer, while you can program the unit to recognize the fob.
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You need a transponder compatible key, and the dealer has to program the key for it to start the car. You can get just a standard key and open the door.
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