How To Program HomeLink and Car2U Garage Door Openers

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Have you ever wished you could get rid of that brick of a garage door opener? Always cluttering up your visor and getting in the way. Well now you can thanks to HomeLink and Car2U, two universal garage door openers factory installed right in your vehicle. Each unit is equipped with a three button garage door opener which will allow you to program any combination of garages and/or gates to each button. As cool as that sounds, it can sometimes be confusing when it comes to actually programming these openers to function. So in order to make the process easier and less frustrating for you, we’ve outlined how to program each type of opener into several, easy to follow steps.


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1. Hold your garage remote 1-3 inches away from the HomeLink buttons on your visor.

2. At the same time press and hold both the garage remote and the HomeLink button you wish to program. When the HomeLink light begins to flash rapidly release both buttons

3. Press and hold the same HomeLink button for five seconds then release. Repeat this twice to program the garage door. If the door doesn’t move, press and hold the programmed button and observe the light. If the light stays constant then the programming is complete, If the light blinks rapidly for two seconds then stays constant proceed to steps 4-5.

4. Head to the garage door opener unit and press the Learn/Smart button. It is usually located on the same side as the hanging antenna. Once the button is pressed you have 30 seconds to start step 5

5. Go to your vehicle and press and release the programmed button for two seconds. Repeat this step until the garage door moves. Once it’s moved programming is complete.


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1. Press and hold the two outer buttons for two seconds and release.

2. Go to the garage unit and locate the Learn/Smart button and press it. It should be located near the hanging antenna. Once you press the Learn/Smart Button you have 30 seconds to start step 3.

3. Press and hold the desired Car2U button you wish to program and wait for the garage door to move (this sometimes can take awhile so be patient). Once the garage door moves immediately release  the button within 1 second and programming is complete.

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It’s important to note, the programming of these openers are dependent upon the type of garage door opener you have in your home. These steps will work for those that have a “rolling code” feature. This is the most common type, however some older garage door opener units may not have this feature. We will be covering how to program a garage door that doesn’t have a rolling code (Learn/Smart button) in next weeks article. Also if you have a gate you wish to program to one of the buttons we’ll be explaining that as well.

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact HomeLink’s hotline at 1-800-355-3515 or Car2U’s at 1-866-572-2728. Don’t forget to tell us what you think of our articles by reviewing us on our page. This helps us continue to provide great content and support of vehicle owners.

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  • Connie

    Thank you! The info in the book that came with the car did not work but yours did.

    • myTech Team

      Thanks Connie, I’m glad our instructions proved helpful to you. If you ever need any help with anything else just let us know.

  • Marlin Price

    I have a liftmaster opener and a 2011explorer that has a car2u module. I was given a homelink repeater and need to know if it will work.

    • myTech Team

      There are two different universal garage door openers that are put into Ford vehicles. There’s the Car2U by Lear and HomeLink. I don’t know if the HomeLink repeater will be compatible to the HomeLink repeater seeing they competing companies. I would give Lear Car2U a call directly at 1-866-572-2728 for further information.

  • Roy Peluso

    Thanks so much!!!! I was given a take home car with my job, a 2010 ford edge with the home link system. No owners manual. Your instructions were dead on. Thanks again

    • myTech Team

      I’m glad we could be of help Roy. If you need anything in the future don’t hesitate to get back in touch with us.

  • Ken

    I have a 2006 Mercedes and very hard to program the car remote???

  • Dee

    I can not set my WAyne Dalton garage door opener to my 2014 Furion

    • myTech Team

      Hi Dee,

      I would get in contact with either Car2U or HomeLink, which ever your vehicle has. They’re might be special instructions to pair up to your specific garage door. They will also be able to tell you if there is an incompatibility with the that garage door as well.

      Car2U: 1-866-572-2728
      HomeLink: 1-800-355-3515

  • Stephen

    I have a Stanley Garage Door opener that is of the old DIP persuasion. I followed the steps for that as exactly as possible for programming the switches. My garage door opener is not linking up with my Car2U. (The one with 3 LEDs.) Can anyone help me?

    • myTech Team

      Hi Steven,

      You can check out the Part 2 of the article that guides you through the pairing process of a fixed code (DIP switches). You can also try contacting their hotline at 1-866-572-2728. They’ll be able to tell you if the garage unit is compatible or if there’s special instructions for that particular unit.

  • Joe

    I can’t thank you enough for this article. I never knew about Car2U and I have been trying to program my car as if it were a Homelink and getting nowhere. Thanks so much!

    • myTech Team

      You’re most welcome Joe, if you need anything in the future don’t hesitate to get in touch.

  • Mark

    I have an Overhead Garage door and am trying to program both a Car2U vehicle (2102 Ford Fusion) and a Homelink vehicle (2009 Chevy Traverse). When I get one successfully programmed and go to program the other, the initial one then dos not work. Have not been able to get both to work together. Any thoughts?

    • bob

      1st program the homelink. Once you have the homelink set up make sure you dont hold the learn button to long as it will erase the homelink code. Just press and release the learn button and set up your car2u. Good luck

  • Valgys

    I have a 2011 ford fusion with the car2u configuration and cannot successfully match the car to my liftmaster 8500 elite. Known problem?

    • myTech Team

      Valgys, you can contact Car2U’s at 1-866-572-2728 for more assistance on programming Car2U systems.

  • Humberto Curmina

    I have a MERIK 511 m, in this opendoor no is clear the smart/learn button, i was trying but i can´t to programmer the CAR2U of my Expedition 2012, can you help me? because i dont know what is the learn button of the MERIK 511.

    • myTech Team

      Humberto Curmina, I recommend contacting Car2U’s at 1-866-572-2728 for more assistance on programming Car2U systems.

  • Annmarie

    I have a gate I need to program is it the same steps

    • Lebanon Ford Concierge

      In many cases, yes. Some will program the same way.

  • David

    I have a 2013 Ford F150 and a liftmaster 8550 opener and I can’t get it programed to work

  • Brent

    I have a ford 2013 f350 I follow the instruction exactly but it will not pair up to my new lift master door opener. My truck is equiped with a Car2u

  • TxFb

    How do you program a universal garage door opener in a Ford Edge to an opener with dip switches?