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That's not the same key. We'd need the 4 button key and that is also an after market key. Not OEM, we'll have way better luck at successfully getting a flip key if we go with an oem version. I would order one but the extra 15-20$ in shipping cost to get them Canada is a little crazy. I'm hoping someone down south will be able to help out and attempt it
I'm trying to do the best I can in ordering a key from the dealer if allowed. I need to bring my Minimax anyway for some maintenance. So while there I'll see what I can do about ordering a key!
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Interested in this...I had the separate key and FOB. I came from a proximity key before this, so even having to use the key to turn the truck on is slightly annoying. Getting down to a single FOB will help.

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Something about turning the key makes me feel like I'm one with the truck. That we are not separate. Shifting it into drive feels like the tires are my feet, the the engine and trans are my muscles. Too much? Lol. It may not be like that but I do prefer turning the key. I also prefer shifting instead of turning a knob. I really wish that they kept the column shifter but oh well. It needs to feel like a truck. I do agree about the fob and key being one piece. I'm subscribing to this thread.
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Programming instructions ( steps how program a keyless entry remote) below
IMPORTANT: Before entering programming mode, have in possession all of the GM remote transmitters you will be using on the vehicle. Once you program the transmitter, all previous codes will be erased from the memory if not reprogrammed during the same programming procedure. The other transmitters will not be functional until you program the transmitters again with new remote.

Keep this in mind when you bring your vehicle to the dealer or try this yourself. From what I read it is an easy process so doing it yourself may be the easier route depending on your dealer.

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so what happened? lol I am interested in this as well.
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I got tired of waiting and ordered the equinox key. Need to get my wheels balanced and will have them give it a try sometime this week. Apparently post 2010 requires some gm component plugged into the vehicle during programming so this can not be done at home...

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I got tired of waiting and ordered the equinox key. Need to get my wheels balanced and will have them give it a try sometime this week. Apparently post 2010 requires some gm component plugged into the vehicle during programming so this can not be done at home...
Thank you being the guinea pig. I would have done it but customs charges on something that may work aren't very pleasant

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Just a point of information if someone wants to research fobs, the FCC ID of my Canyon fob is M3N-32337100. Looking that up on an FCC ID database comes back with a registration for 314.9 MHz so any potential replacement fob will need to be that frequency. If you can get the FCC ID of the replacement before ordering you could check the frequency in advance.

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OKay, well. I have just received my Equinox 4button fob in the mail yesterday.. Problem is.. I bought the fob with a key that is apparently already cut.

SO! I have to add a step.. I need to order a BLANK key so i can have Chevy copy my key cut... So I can program the fob to work... Standby for results...

(I work overnights. Its hard for me to get to the dealer during operation hours) hang tight!
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Found out a better and cheaper solution... Just attach the fob and the key together with a small bolt, spacer and nylon lock nut. The nylon washer will make the key move freely but still keeps the bolt from turning. The spacer, or larger nut, keeps the key from sticking outwards and lines up with the fob. Might not look pretty but damn it works great.
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Found out a better and cheaper solution...
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Found out a better and cheaper solution... Just attach the fob and the key together with a small bolt, spacer and nylon lock nut. The nylon washer will make the key move freely but still keeps the bolt from turning. The spacer, or larger nut, keeps the key from sticking outwards and lines up with the fob. Might not look pretty but damn it works great.
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Amazing.. I want to do the same thing now! Tired of the key fob rattling everytime I hit a bump

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My knee bumps the fob every time I transition to the brake. That and the fact the key sets off the alarm when you use it on the door makes this NEED to work, haha.

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Found out a better and cheaper solution... Just attach the fob and the key together with a small bolt, spacer and nylon lock nut. The nylon washer will make the key move freely but still keeps the bolt from turning. The spacer, or larger nut, keeps the key from sticking outwards and lines up with the fob. Might not look pretty but damn it works great.

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Found out a better and cheaper solution... Just attach the fob and the key together with a small bolt, spacer and nylon lock nut. The nylon washer will make the key move freely but still keeps the bolt from turning. The spacer, or larger nut, keeps the key from sticking outwards and lines up with the fob. Might not look pretty but damn it works great.
Haha This will be the alternative if my Equinox key fob doesn't work...
My appointment for my trucks first service is DEC 17th.. That's the day I'll be going to the parts counter and buying a blank key to copy my current key, and then hopefully finding out how to get it to program to the truck

Thank you for all for hanging around for results.
I'm just excited as you are!

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Found out a better and cheaper solution... Just attach the fob and the key together with a small bolt, spacer and nylon lock nut. The nylon washer will make the key move freely but still keeps the bolt from turning. The spacer, or larger nut, keeps the key from sticking outwards and lines up with the fob. Might not look pretty but damn it works great.
I'd been reading this thread pondering....... now you're gonna have a key that sticks out 3-4" (guess) out of the ignition (instead of just 1"). I mean....if you don't like the dangly bits, keep them separate and put the fob in your pocket.

You're idea is pretty slick! You can a least pivot the fob back and out of the way so it doesn't stick out as far.

Not something I would do (I don't mind the dangly bits) but just thought I'd mention that. GREAT JOB!!

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I agree my friend. That is why after the key is inserted into the ignition then you just pivot the fob 90 degrees so it hangs down. 3/4 of an inch is all takes from the edge of the key to the edge of the fob. I can afford that. Anyway, hope people find it useful.
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I have wondered about this since day one of getting my truck. My moms LS Equinox has the "switchblade" fob. Even the Cruze that Ive taken from the dealer twice while my truck was in for recalls has the "switchblade" fob. But yet, a more expensive truck and you get to here the jingle or knocking around of an old school style fob dangling from the ignition. I'll be watching this to see what happens. Meant to look into some options early on, but got caught up doing everything else appearance wise that I wanted to do. I have a local place that has done me good in the past and will beat internet pricing by 15% as long as its something they have in stock or they will match it if they have to order it.

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Let me know if I missed something lol I am not aware of a programming method where a machine is connected.
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