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RE: Craftsman Garage Door Opener (Follow-Up #39)

posted by: chris1130 on 07.02.2007 at 10:27 pm in Home Repair Forum

Thankfully, I found this forum. It really helped me understand the problems I am having with my remotes. Thanks also to Don and GDS for sharing their expertise. Here is what I have learned over the past several years that I thought might be helpful. I have a Craftsman 1/2 HP GDO, model 139.53675SRT1. The remotes and the keyless entry use the rolling code (Security+) technology. Rewind to several years ago. We had to change the batteries in one of our remotes. When we changed the battery we noticed that the other remote and the keyless entry stopped working as well. Sound familiar?!? We cleared all the codes by holding down the SRT/Learn button on the unit for six seconds. We then reprogrammed each of the remotes and couldn't figure out why one worked and not the other. We determined which one had failed and we put it away in a desk. This took a lot of trial and error since we were not aware of what was wrong at the time. Somehow we figured out how to reprogram the one good remote and we also got the keyless entry to work again. After reading this forum I now understand that the remote had strangely reverted to an older technology. Fast forward back to today. We had to change the battery in the one good remote. When doing so, the keyless entry stopped working. I reset the codes and reprogrammed the remote but the keyless entry would not reprogram. I cleared the codes again. Then I reprogrammed the keyless entry and it worked. But alas, I could not reprogram the remote. I have been struggling for two days on this until I stumbled upon this forum. After reading that the remotes seem to revert to an older technology, I pulled out the old remote; the first one that went bad. I put in a new battery. Low and behold, I was able to once again program both remotes and get them working fine. However, I could not get the keyless to work. Vice versa, I could get the keyless to work but not the two remotes. Here is what I think happened. The first remote that went bad reverted to the old technology about 4 years ago. The second remote that went bad just this week also reverted to the old technology and that is why I am able to program them both again today. I think I need to go get new remotes and see if they will work with the keyless. I will let you know how it turns out. This has been a problem for us for about 4-5 years. The manufacturer should get this corrected and put out an advisory on its website so we don't have spend days and, yes, years, trying to figure out what happened to our remotes. I empathize with all of you who are having trouble. Thanks for sharing and for reading about my experiences. I just hope my long explanation will help someone.

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