How to Program an F150 Garage Door Opener
One of the most convenient things that a homeowner has in their house is a garage door opener. It allows you to control your garage door with ease by pressing a button on a remote control. Thanks to the Homelink system in your Ford, you can open and close your garage door opener from your car.
However, you have to first sync your vehicle to the garage door opener for the system to work. To program your Ford F150 to your garage door opener, you’ll have to simultaneously press and hold the remote-control button and the assigned Homelink button.
Some steps may vary slightly depending on the brand of garage door opener as they may not have the same programming procedure. So, we will teach you how to program an F150 garage door opener depending on your garage door opener code.
How to program your garage door opener to your Ford F150
Many Ford vehicles have an in-built Homelink system that feature a programmable set of transmitter buttons. These buttons allow you remotely operate your garage door. The Homelink system is available in the Ford F150 models from 2007 to date.
There are two ways you can program your garage door opener to your F150 Homelink depending on the type of garage door opener you have. Your approach depends on whether you’re garage door opener use rolling codes or fixed codes.
Things you’ll need
- A helper
- A programmed hand-held remote control
- A ladder
Before your start programming your F150 garage door opener, you’ll need to do a few things.
- The garage door area should be clear of people, pets and objects.
- Ensure your garage door remote has new or sufficiently charged batteries.
- Make sure the remote control is working properly. Press the open button and the garage door should respond accordingly.
Fixed code garage door opener
In garage door openers with a fixed code system, the transmitter sends a password(code) that never changes. This system is more vulnerable to attack if an unauthorized person finds out the code.
- Park your car in your driveway directly in front of the garage door your want to operate.
- Turn on your F150 or put it in accessory mode.
- Find the Homelink button panel in your car. They are usually embedded into the driver’s side visor with a Home icon engraving.
- While in your car, press and hold the button on the garage door remote control some inches away from the Homelink panel to it it on learning mode. The Homelink indicator light will start flashing slowly.
- Then choose a button on the Homelink panel you want to program. Homelink allows you to program three different devices to operate.
- Simultaneously, press and hold the Open button on the remote and the Homelink button you’ve chosen until the indicator light on the Homelink changes from a slow blink to a fast blink.
- Press and hold the Homelink button for 5 seconds and the indicator light will turn solid. Your F150 is now synced with your garage door opener.
- Press the Homelink garage door opener button once to activate the garage door and see if it works. If it doesn’t, repeat the previous test.
Rolling code garage door openers
Garage door openers that use rolling codes reduce the risk of unauthorized entry because the security code sent by the transmitter changes every time your press the remote control button. After performing the previous steps, the Homelink indicator light will continues flashing rapidly, it means you have rolling code garage door openers that requires a few extra steps. You’ll need to follow the instructions below within 30 seconds, therefore you’ll need someone to help.
- Find the learn button on your garage door opener. The location of the learn button on most garage door openers is usually under the light cover or in the rear panel on the motor.
- The learn button on a Liftmaster, Craftsman and Chamberlain is a square, yellow, red/orange or purple button at back of the motor head. If using a Genie, the button is labeled “learn button.”
- Keep the panel cover open to ensure easy access. The next instructions have a 30 second time limit.
- Press and hold the learn button briefly to put it on learning mode. Do not hold the learn button for too long, otherwise, you may erase all the programmed settings in the motor and you’ll have to reprogram all the remote controls.
- Have someone in your car press and hold the programmed Homelink button for two seconds.
- Press and hold it for two seconds again and release it. If the garage door opener accepts the code from your car, the overhead light may flash briefly or you may also hear an audible click to indicate successful syncing.
- Press the Homelink button once to activate the garage door which should move.
If programming your garage door opener to your F150 doesn’t work, there may be a problem with your garage door opener or your vehicle’s Homelink system. The functionality if internal electrical devices is vital for the programming of the F150 garage door opener. You will not be able to perform these procedures with a broken garage door opener or Homelink system.
How to reset the F150 Homelink system
If your car’s Homelink system was programmed to other devices or you’re selling your car, you may have to reset it to allow it to connect to the new garage door opener. It also prevent someone else from accessing your home. Resetting your F150 Homelink system will clear all programming settings. Here’s how to do this:
- Start your car or put it on accessory mode.
- Press and hold the outer two Homelink buttons.
- Release the buttons when the indicator light changes from solid to flashing rapidly.
- Press each Homelink button individually to test the reset. None of the buttons should operate the garage door.
Syncing your garage door opener to your Ford F150 Homelink system is an easy task and not time consuming. Make sure you follow each step depending on your garage door opener type to make sure the programming process is a success.
Also, different manufacturers may have proprietary instructions for their garage door openers. If the above instructions don’t help, consult your garage door opener manual or customer service for assistance.