The new VCR

The garage door opener is to me what the VCR was to my parents. After struggling with the garage door for a few hours, I decided I better write down some instructions.

I have a Craftsman garage door opener with three buttons on the controls. It uses rolling codes but aside from that all I can tell you is it sucks, its loud, and it never seems to do what I want it to, like opening.

Programming the remote
Audi and Volkswagen vehicles have a built-in garage door opener built by HomeLink. Here’s how to set them up with the Craftsman rolling code garage door opener:

  1. Turn the car on.
  2. Press and hold buttons 1 and 3 on the car’s HomeLink transmitter until the lights start flashing. Don’t hold your breath, it may take a while.
  3. Release the buttons.
  4. Press and hold the car’s HomeLink button that you want to program.
  5. Hold the Craftsman remote control near the HomeLink transmitter and repeatedly press the big button on the Craftsman remote. The HomeLink transmitter is likely in your rear-view mirror, sun-visor, or near the front right headlight.
  6. Release the buttons once the HomeLink lights start flashing faster. You may have to slowly move the remote control around the HomeLink transmitter before the lights start flashing faster.
  7. Push and release the “Learn” button on the back of the garage door opener (the big ass motor hanging from the garage ceiling). Holding the “Learn” button down for 5 seconds or so usually clears all the codes (i.e., breaks the connection with all your remote control units).
  8. Push the car’s HomeLink button that you want to program (yes, again). You may have to hold the button down for a little while, or prese and release the button a few times.
  9. Sha-bam-a-wama! It should work now. But if it doesn’t, you might find helpful information on this thread.

Troubleshooting

Symptom Solution
Door doesn’t respond to the remote control but does respond to the wall mounted control. A green light on the wall mount is blinking. The garage door is “locked”. Locate the wall mounted control and press the button with the padlock icon for 5+ seconds. When you release the button the green light will stop flashing and the door will respond to the remote controls again.

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