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My cheap Amazon flip key has already given out. Unfortunately, I had to destroy my key/remote in order to take the button/battery out of the casing.

I'd like to just buy an OEM key/remote on hondaautomotiveparts.com and then have my local Ace Hardware cut the key (they will cut car keys for $5 but you have to sign a waiver).
I looked online and there appears to be a programing sequence like this: Program your Honda Remote | Smart Honda

My question is, will that actually work? Every Honda dealership I've called says they have to use a computer to program it. I still have the transponder and buttons from the old key.
Any suggestions on how to proceed the cheapest way? I do not want another flip key.

This is for my 2008 Pilot in case that changes anything.
 

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I don't know, Jack. LOL

Perhaps you've seen these threads?

I bought a key, with the buttons and chip. Then I bought the device to program the chip too.

I programmed the door lock buttons, and then I bought this gadget that plugs into the OBD port and programmed the chip.

It has a chip that needs to be programmed to run the vehicle. Theft deterrent device.
 

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The link is pairing a remote with the car. If you can move your original RFID chip to the new remote then pairing that to the car should work.

I did this with my 06 when the metal key was falling out of the plastic remote body. Bought a new body/key and transferred the electronics to that.
 

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  1. Transfer your fob and immobilizer chip to your new cut key.
  2. Reprogram the fobs:
    Have all remotes for the vehicle on hand. Make sure all the doors and rear hatch/trunk are closed during programming. Only need to use 1remote to get into program mode but all remotes must be programmed during the same session. Each step must be completed within 5 seconds.

    1. Sit in the car with all doors/trunk tightly closed

    2. Turn the key to the ON position, marked by "II" on the ignition bezel so the dash lights come on, then within 5 seconds press the "Lock" button on the remote for 1 second or so and release the button.

    3. Turn the key to the OFF position, marked by "I" on the ignition bezel - dash lights go off.

    4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 three more times (A total of 4 times) -- each step must be done within 5 seconds of the previous step.

    5. Upon the 4th turning of the key to "ON", press the lock button on one remote, the locks will make a cycling sound (clunk), locks will NOT lock or unlock at this point, they will just make a noise. The system is now in programming mode. Do not turn key off.

    6. Within 5 seconds of entering programming mode and within 5 seconds of each other, press the lock button ON EACH remote you are programming, for a second or so and release. This step needs to be completed within 10 seconds. Each time a remote button is pushed, the locks should cycle. Up to 3 remotes can be programmed.

    7. Turn ignition completely off and remove the key. Step out of car and close door. The remotes should be programmed and should work. If you have a trunk/hatch release, the button for this feature needs to be held for a few seconds before the trunk/hatch will "pop".


    Here's a video that might also help.


    Keep trying, it eventually does work, if your fobs are good. In the end, what finally worked for me when using the method that goes from II to 0 didn't work: Going from II to I is what did it for me.
 
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