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Q:

Cannot program garage door openers in recent model cars. Craftsman 139.3043 opener.

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I know that it can be very frustrating to have your garage door opener stop working properly. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I have found a link that will provide some information on the issue. I hope this helps.

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aashe -
January 30, 2012
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To premptively answer the question, yes. It is a Homelink system. But please don't point me to a bunch of information I've already read. If you can get me past step 1 then I can manage the rest.

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Jeff -
January 30, 2012
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I called Homelink directly. The reason it doesn't work is Craftsman changed the remote control frequencies on this model because of the AssureLink internet remote control. They gave me a repeater for $7.00 shipping, but I also now need to buy a uninterruptible power supply if I want the battery backup to work. NOTHING about this being an issue on the box or webpage. I think I have a legitimate claim to the $7 plus about $50 for a supply. Very disappointing. It's a very nice unit otherwise.

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Jeff -
January 30, 2012
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There seems to be several problems getting the remotes to sync up with the Homelink system in certain vehicles.

Try this: Press the Homelink button in the car for about 15 seconds until it starts to flash slowly. While you're still holding the Homelink button in the car, hold the remote close (to the homelink) and press the (remote) button until the Homelink button starts to flash fast.

Now go to the opener and press and release the "learn" button and immediately (within 30 seconds) go back to the car and press the Homelink button 2 or 3 times.

If that does not work, press the learn button and then press and hold the Homelink button until the lights blink on the opener.

There are some car models that simply do not work with the remotes right out of the box. The manufacturer changed some of the operating frequencies and that seems to be the issue.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
February 01, 2012
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I now see your follow up on this problem. I'm glad they were able to get this squared away from you. I'm a little disappointed that they chose to blame Craftsman for the problem when Chamberlain/Liftmaster actually manufactures the opener and works closely with the HomeLink company to make sure their items will work back and forth.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
February 01, 2012
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In their defense, Homelink did not blame Craftsman, they just gave me the technical facts. Any words about Craftsman were my own and you're right, I stand corrected. Chamberlain/Liftmaster are the OEM manufacturers of the original equipment, as you state. My main point is an engineering design decision broke compatibility with millions of existing and future Homelink openers embedded in every make of car presently in production. A frequency change is a change to the hardware design in the car, it's not a matter of a software update deployment like the earlier compatibility issue with cars from 2008 and earlier. I just bought the 2012 car this month and it does not work. In order to use my automotive openers, I need a repeater. The battery backup feature I paid extra for will not work with my automotive openers unless I buy a UPS supply to run the repeater during a blackout. The fact that a repeater that receives the old frequencies and retransmits on the new is available from Homelink means that this problem has been recognized and understood for some time now. While you can blame the original hardware compatibility issue on Homelink/Chamberlain, Craftsman makes no mention of this issue on their advertising, web page, assembly/installation manual, or package labeling. This is where I consider them to be at fault. I spent hours trying to get this to work and that could have easily been prevented. A simple statement along the lines of " An available adapter will be needed to work with integrated automotive remote controls. See www.****.com for further details" With this statement I could have known about the issue up front and been able to make a more informed buying decision. Sorry for the rant, but I really feel like Craftsman tried to slide one by here with full knowledge there was a problem. It really has altered my opinion of the brand.

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Jeff -
February 01, 2012
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I concur with Jeff. Building a device such as this that is incompatible is just plain bad engineering. I just finished installing mine, but on reading this am ready to return it! I did not purchase this unit for some internet connectability, I purchased it for compatibility, horsepower, and utility.

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Jack -
February 01, 2012
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@Jeff. Understood on the wording. That really kind of shocked me as they normally do not do that sort of thing. The frequency shift had to have happened for a reason. I have been told that it was something to do with the ability of this thing to communicate with the internet device. I don't know that for sure but it would make sense. At that point a choice would have to be made between having the internet ability or not. Obviously they felt like that was the more important direction to go with it. And you are correct that these little "details" do need to be right out on the box. It matters. For whatever reason though, it seems like it's only certain cars that seem to have the problem. I think yours is the first Toyota that I've run across where it didn't work. We're currently trying to make a list of vehicles that seem to have problems with the system. If for no other reason then we will know right off the bat and there will be no guesswork to it. @Jack: You're certainly within reason to return the machine if you're not satisfied with the operation of it. For what it's worth, there are still units out there that do not have the internet ability and deliver very good service.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
February 02, 2012
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@XX Wade_Expert. I have a 2012 Hyundai Genesis with Homelink and I just purchased a 3/4 hp model 139.53990DS Craftsman garage door opener. I was having the same problem of not being able to program the homelink button on the car to the garage door opener. It just would not program by following the instructions on the Genesis owners manual. I read your post of Feb 01, 2012 and it worked perfectly. I would recommend you add this model Hyundai to your list of vehicles that will need to follow your instructions in order to program their homelink buttons on their vehicle. Thanks for the great post.

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Bud -
August 06, 2013
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I only register because I wanted to thank XX_Wade for his helpful post on Feb 2012. I just bought a new lexus 350 and I was not able to get the Home link system to work with either method printed in the instruction manual. Your response actually combined both methods, and somehow that worked for me. I have a very old craftsman model (pre-internet capability) that should have worked easily. Anyways, thanks so much!

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Alex Hsiao -
November 25, 2013
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Q:

Why won't New garage opener work with new cars?

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I am sorry that you are having some difficulties with your garage door opener remotes and I will be happy to help. I did some research and I was able to find a link with a similar question. I hope this helps while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
May 26, 2012
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I've tried that techic in that link many times. With my old crafsman opener, I had my Lexus RX350 programmed. I know how the car manual expects the programming to work. But this new opener that won't set either car. The opener claims its homelink compatible but it doesn't seem to be.

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Jim -
May 28, 2012
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Let me re-type that....... With my old crafsman opener, I had my Lexus RX350 programmed. I know how the car manual expects the programming to work. But this new opener won't set either car. The opener claims its homelink compatible but it doesn't seem to be.

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Jim -
May 28, 2012
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I was even able to get the assurelink app to work on my smartphone. But for some reason the cars are not allowing me to program.

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Jim -
May 28, 2012
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I would try calling Homelink. They will help. 1-800-355-3515

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Don -
May 29, 2012
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Thanks for contacting ManageMyLife.com. I understand how frustrating it is having trouble with programming the cars to the garage door opener. We are here to help. Joseph did provide you with a good link to help you program the Lexus to the garage door opener. I recommend that you use it. Just click here to view that link. Homelink is made by Johnson Control which owns Chamberlain. The same co that made your garage door opener. I found a link put out by Ford, to help you program the car2u system to your garage door opener. Just click here to view that link. You do not need a repeater to make this work. I hope this helps.

To visit sears.com sears.com .

Please feel free to let me know if you need further assistance. We are always here to help.

Thank you for using ManageMyLife.com.

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John H -
Sears Technician
May 29, 2012
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Sorry guys but I tried those links again (that's whats my auto manuals had outlined) and I still have no luck. I know the 'learn' button works because that's how I programmed the two remotes, keyless pad and my assureLink connection. I'm at a loss. I think there is some compatibility issue that is not documented. What I don't understand is that with my old Craftsman opener, I had my Lexus programmed. It was easy and I did it as outlined in the link you guys provided.

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Jim -
May 29, 2012
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Another piece of information is that the reason I bought my new opener is because when I bought my new Explorer and programmed it to my old opener, it took the program but only for one use. After I used it once, it didn't work... until I programmed it again. Then the opener would magically open on its own at 2:00 am or even when we weren't home. Since we needed a new keyless pad and our 10 year old opener would open on it's own (very scary), I decided to just get a new opener. But once again, I can't program any car now Since the frequency's changed on the new openers and the old opener remotes are not compatible with my new system is what makes me believe there is an undocumented problem with the auto homelink and the new openers.

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Jim -
May 29, 2012
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Have you tried calling Homelink with your questions?

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Don -
May 29, 2012
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I will call them soon. But I did look at their website and this is what I found..."The HomeLink Repeater Kit is designed to allow compatibility between a newer Chamberlain, Sears Craftsman, or LiftMaster garage door opener fitted with a yellow antenna wire and the HomeLink system in your vehicle. These garage door openers were manufactured in 2011 or later. If your opener does not have a yellow antenna wire or is not one of the brands listed above, please consider purchasing a Universal Receiver to ensure compatibility." My new garage door opener has the yellow antenna. So it sounds like I need the repeater

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Jim -
May 30, 2012
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Q:

I just bought a newer Poulan riding lawnmower. The LED display tells me to change the oil. The oil has allready been changed. How do I turn off?

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When it comes to troubleshooting your tool owners manuals are the best thing to have. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, I found your owners manual in the Manage My Life website. I have attached the link below. Have a nice day!

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Dezeray -
July 21, 2012
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I happen to have the original in my hand right now, it does not tell me anything about this issue. Thankyou for the suggestion, but I am a pretty compitent mechanic. I know how to reset my 08 Lexus RX 350's change oil indicator, and everyother car for that matter. This tractor however, is really starting to irritate me.

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Joe -
July 21, 2012
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Joe, This is the word on the issue at hand according to the WWW; "There usually are no resets on these maintenance minders. Runing the equipment a few hours beyond the notification will allow the meter/minder to stop. It is merely set to flash long enough that the operator will take notice and perform the task."

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Anonymous -
July 23, 2012
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Thank you for your question.



I will be happy to assist you. After two hours of flashing the service reminder/hour meter will stop flashing and reset. I added an image below taken directly out from your User's manual. See image below.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
July 23, 2012
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