2019 Chevrolet Colorado Owners Manual - Keys and Locks

Keys and Locks


The ignition key and key rings, and RKE transmitter, if equipped, are designed to work together as a system to reduce the risk of unintentionally moving the key out of the RUN position. The ignition key has a small hole to allow attachment of the provided key ring. It is important that any replacement ignition keys have a small hole. See your dealer if a replacement key is required.

The combination and size of the rings that came with your keys were specifically selected for your vehicle. The rings are connected to the key like two links of a chain to

reduce the risk of unintentionally moving the key out of the RUN position. Do not add any additional items to the ring attached to the ignition key. Attach additional items only to the second ring, and limit added items to a few essential keys or small, light items no larger than an RKE transmitter.

Interference from radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags may prevent the key from starting the vehicle. Keep RFID tags away from the key when starting the vehicle.

The key is used for the ignition and all door locks.

Follow these procedures to program up to eight keys to the vehicle.

Programming with Two Recognized Keys

To program a new key:

    Insert the original, already programmed key in the ignition and turn the ignition on.
    Turn the ignition off and remove the key.
    Quickly, within five seconds, insert the second original already programmed key in the ignition and turn the ignition on.
    Turn the ignition off, and remove the key.
    Insert the new key to be programmed and turn the ignition on within five seconds.

The security light will turn off once the key has been programmed.

    Repeat Steps 1–5 if additional keys are to be programmed.

If a key is lost or damaged, see your dealer to have a new key made.

Programming without Two Recognized Keys

Program a new key to the vehicle when a recognized key is not available. Canadian regulations require that owners see their dealer.

If two currently recognized keys are not available, follow this procedure to program the first key.

This procedure will take approximately 30 minutes to complete for the first key. The vehicle must be off and all of the keys you wish to program must be with you.

    Insert the new vehicle key into the ignition.
    Turn the ignition on. The security light will come on.
    Wait 10 minutes until the security light turns off.
    Turn the ignition off.
    Repeat Steps 2–4 two more times. After the third time, turn the ignition on; the key is

learned and all previously known keys will no longer work with the vehicle.

    To learn the second key, turn the ignition off. Insert the second key to be learned and turn the ignition on.

After two keys are learned, the remaining keys can be learned by following the procedure in “Programming with Two Recognized Keys.”

The key has a bar-coded key tag that the dealer or qualified locksmith can use to make new keys. Store this information in a safe place, not in the vehicle.

If it becomes difficult to turn a key, inspect the key blade for debris.

Periodically clean with a brush or pick.

See your dealer if a replacement key or additional key is needed.

If locked out of the vehicle, see Roadside Assistance Program 0 353.

With an active OnStar or connected service plan, an OnStar Advisor may remotely unlock the vehicle.

See OnStar Overview 0 363.

Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System

See Radio Frequency Statement

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If there is a decrease in the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) operating range:

    Check the distance. The transmitter may be too far from the vehicle.
    Check the location. Other vehicles or objects may be blocking the signal.
    Check the transmitter's battery. See “Battery Replacement” later in this section.
    If the transmitter is still not working correctly, see your dealer or a qualified technician for service.

The RKE transmitter functions may work up to 60 m (197 ft) away from the vehicle.

Other conditions can affect the performance of the transmitter. See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System 0 28.

With Remote Start, without Similar

/ : If equipped, / is used to start the engine from outside the vehicle using the RKE transmitter. See Remote Vehicle Start 0 30.

Q : Press to lock all doors.

If enabled, the turn signal lamps flash once to indicate locking has occurred. If enabled, the horn chirps when Q is pressed again within three seconds. See Vehicle

Personalization 0 136.

Pressing Q arms the vehicle alarm system. See Vehicle Alarm System 0 34.

K : Press once to unlock only the driver door. If K is pressed again within three seconds, all remaining doors unlock. The interior lamps may come on and stay on for 20 seconds or until the ignition is turned on.

If enabled, the turn signal lamps flash twice to indicate unlocking has occurred. If enabled, the exterior lamps may turn on. See Vehicle Personalization 0 136.

Pressing K on the RKE transmitter disarms the vehicle alarm system. See Vehicle Alarm System 0 34.

7 : Press and release one time to initiate vehicle locator. The turn signal lamps flash and the horn sounds three times.

Press and hold 7 for at least three seconds to sound the panic alarm. The turn signal lamps flash and the horn sounds repeatedly for 30 seconds. The alarm turns off when the ignition is turned on or 7 is pressed again. The ignition must be off for the panic alarm to work.

Only RKE transmitters programmed to this vehicle will work. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can be purchased and programmed through your dealer. Each vehicle can have up to eight transmitters programmed to it. See your dealer for transmitter programming.

Replace the battery in the transmitter soon if the DIC displays REPLACE BATTERY IN


To replace the battery:

    Separate and remove the back cover of the transmitter with a flat, thin object, such as a coin.

    Press and slide the battery down toward the pocket of the transmitter in the direction of the key ring. Do not use a metal object.
    Remove the battery.
    Insert the new battery, positive side facing up. Replace with a CR2032 or equivalent battery.
    Push together the transmitter back cover top side first, and then the bottom toward the key ring.

If equipped, the engine can be started from outside of the vehicle. The climate controls and rear window defogger may also

come on.

If the vehicle has heated seats and the feature is turned on in vehicle personalization, the heated seats will turn on during colder outside temperatures and will shut off when the ignition is turned on. See Heated Front Seats 0 48.

Laws in some communities may restrict the use of remote starters. Check local regulations for any requirements on remote starting of vehicles.

If your vehicle is low on fuel, do not use the remote start feature. The vehicle may run out of fuel.

The vehicle cannot be remote started if:

    The key is in the ignition.
    The hood is not closed.
    There is an emission control system malfunction and the malfunction indicator lamp is on.
    The hazard warning flashers are on.
    Two remote vehicle starts, or a single remote start with an extension, have already

been used.

    The vehicle is not in P (Park).

The engine will turn off during a remote vehicle start if:

    The coolant temperature gets too high.
    The oil pressure gets low.

The RKE transmitter range may be less while the vehicle is running.

Other conditions can affect the performance of the transmitter. See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System 0 28 or Vehicle

Personalization 0 136.

Starting the Engine Using Remote Start

    Press and release Q.
    Immediately press and hold / until the turn signal lamps flash or for at least four seconds.

When the vehicle starts, the parking lamps will turn on. The doors will be locked and the climate control system may come on.

The engine will continue to run for 15 minutes. Repeat the steps for one 15-minute time extension. Turn the ignition on to operate the vehicle.

Extending Engine Run Time

The engine run time can be extended by 15 minutes, for a total of 30 minutes, if during the first

15 minutes Steps 1 and 2 are repeated while the engine is still running. An extension can be requested 30 seconds after starting.

A maximum of two remote starts, or a single start with an extension, is allowed between ignition cycles.

The ignition must be turned on and then back off to use remote start again.

Canceling a Remote Start

To cancel a remote start, do one of the following:

    Press and hold / until the parking lamps turn off.
    Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
    Turn the vehicle on and then off.

To lock or unlock a door from the outside press Q or K on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter or use the key in the driver door.

To lock a door from the inside, push down on the door lock knob. To unlock, pull the door handle once to unlock the door and again to unlatch it.

Free-Turning Locks

The door key lock cylinder turns freely when either the wrong key is used, or the correct key is not fully

inserted. The free-turning door lock feature prevents the lock from being forced open. To reset the lock, turn it to the vertical position with the correct key fully inserted. Remove the key and insert it again. If this does not reset the lock, turn the key halfway around in the cylinder and repeat the reset procedure.

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If equipped with power door locks:

Q : Press to lock the doors.

K : Press to unlock the doors.

This feature delays the actual locking of the doors until

five seconds after all doors are closed.

Delayed locking can only be turned on when the Open Door

Anti-Lockout feature has been turned off.

When Q is pressed on the power door lock switch with the door open,

a chime will sound three times indicating that delayed locking is active.

The doors will then lock automatically five seconds after all doors are closed. If a door is reopened before five seconds have elapsed, the five-second timer will reset once all the doors are closed again.

Press Q on the door lock switch again, or press Q on the RKE transmitter, to override this feature

and lock the doors immediately.

Delayed locking can be programmed. See Vehicle Personalization 0 136.

If equipped, the doors will lock automatically when all doors are closed, the ignition is on, and the shift lever is moved out of P (Park) for automatic transmissions or vehicle speed is above 13 km/h

(8 mph) for manual transmissions. To unlock the doors:

    Press K on a power door lock switch.
    If equipped with an automatic transmission, shift the transmission into P (Park).
    If equipped with manual transmission, remove the key from the ignition when parked.

Automatic door locking cannot be disabled. Automatic door unlocking can be programmed. See Vehicle Personalization 0 136.

When locking is requested with the driver door open and the key in the ignition, all the doors will lock and then the driver door will unlock. This can be manually overridden by pressing and holding Q on the

power door lock switch.

Open Door Anti-Lockout

If Open Door Anti-Lockout has been turned on and the vehicle is off, the driver door is open, and locking is requested, all the doors will lock and the driver door will remain unlocked. Push the lock button on the door or the RKE transmitter a second time to lock the driver door. The Open Door Anti-Lockout feature can be turned on or off. See Vehicle Personalization 0 136.

If equipped, the rear door safety locks prevent passengers from opening the rear doors from inside the vehicle.

Press { to activate the safety locks on the rear doors. The indicator light comes on when activated. The vehicle must be on, in ACC/ ACCESSORY, or in Retained Accessory Power (RAP). See Retained Accessory Power (RAP)

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If the indicator light flashes, the feature may not be working properly.

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