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Well DUH! I didn't buy the $1,000 scanner just to program this one key. I use it 2 or 3 times a week for other things on other cars. $150 to program keys, $120 to reset airbag and ABS lights, teach in the clutch, $75 to reset the steering angle sensor after replacing a tie rod, $50 to adapt TPMS sensors, etc. It paid for itself in 3 months.
 

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Sorry The average person. Can’t fork out that kind of change.
But they spend that much and more for a set of rims or a sound system neither of which have any returns on the investment. I don't have an auto shop, just sell a couple dozen cars a year so use it regularly. I don't go to alignment shops, I align myself with a tape measure and get better results than a shop. Airbag and ABS lights are often on when I pick up another car. Could be from any number of causes, which the scan tools lets you find.
 

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If the car goes straight when you take your hands off the wheel but the steering wheel is off center, I put the wheel in the center position and shorten one tie rod and lengthen the other. If the car pulls to one side, I measure from the front of the tire to a reference point on the frame that is equal on both sides as well measure between the front of both tires and the back of both tires. Then adjust tie rods accordingly. It may take 3 or 4 adjustment attempts between test drives but that's the way it is. Describing how to do it is harder than actually doing it.
 

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Truly, MOST car/truck owners just like to get in their vehicles turn the key or push a button, put the vehicle in drive or reverse and drive away. No muss. No fuss, no maybe it will go into reverse, maybe not.
Yet they complain how expensive any minor thing costs. I'm sure this isn't the cheapest thing that will program a key, just the one that I have. If you have a clone Star tool for a few hundred bucks, that may work too.
 
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