GMC Terrain: Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation / Keyless Access Operation

With the Keyless Access system, you can lock and unlock the doors and access the liftgate without removing the RKE transmitter from your pocket, purse, briefcase, etc. The RKE transmitter should be within 1m(3 ft) of the liftgate or door being opened.

Keyless Access can be programmed to unlock all doors on the first lock/unlock press from the driver door. See Vehicle Personalization.

If equipped with memory seats, RKE transmitters 1 and 2 are linked to the seating positions of memory 1 or 2. See Memory Seats.

Keyless Unlocking/Locking from the Driver Door

When the doors are locked and the RKE transmitter is within 1m(3 ft) of the driver door handle, pressing the lock/unlock button on the driver door handle will unlock the driver door. If the lock/unlock button is pressed again within five seconds, all passenger doors will unlock.

GMC Terrain. Keyless Access Operation

Driver Shown, Passenger Similar

Pressing the lock/unlock button will cause all doors to lock if any of the following occur:

  1. It has been more than five seconds since the first lock/ unlock button press.
  2. Two lock/unlock button presses were used to unlock all doors.
  3. Any vehicle door has opened and all doors are now closed.

Keyless Unlocking/Locking from Passenger Doors

When the doors are locked and the RKE transmitter is within 1m(3 ft) of the door handle, pressing the lock/ unlock button on that door handle will unlock all doors. Pressing the lock/unlock button will cause all doors to lock if any of the following occur:

  • The lock/unlock button was used to unlock all doors.
  • Any vehicle door has opened and all doors are now closed.

Passive Locking

If equipped with Keyless Access, this vehicle will lock several seconds after all doors are closed if the vehicle is off and at least one RKE transmitter has been removed or none remain in the interior.

If other electronic devices interfere with the RKE transmitter signal, the vehicle may not detect the RKE transmitter inside the vehicle. If passive locking is enabled, the doors may lock with the RKE transmitter inside the vehicle. Do not leave the RKE transmitter in an unattended vehicle.

To customize the doors to automatically lock when exiting the vehicle, see “Remote Lock, Unlock, Start” under Vehicle Personalization.

Temporary Disable of Passive Locking

Temporarily disable passive locking by pressing and holding GMC Terrain. Keyless Access Operation on the interior door switch with a door open for at least four seconds, or until three chimes are heard. Passive locking will then remain disabled until GMC Terrain. Keyless Access Operation on the interior door is pressed, or until the vehicle is turned on.

Remote Left in Vehicle Alert

When the vehicle is turned off and an RKE transmitter is left in the vehicle, the horn will chirp three times after all doors are closed. To turn on or off, see Vehicle Personalization.

Remote No Longer in Vehicle Alert

If the vehicle is on, with a door open and then all doors are closed, the vehicle will check for RKE transmitters inside. If an RKE transmitter is not detected, the Driver Information Center (DIC) will display NO REMOTE DETECTED and the horn will chirp three times. This occurs only once each time the vehicle is driven.

Keyless Liftgate Opening

Press the touch pad on the liftgate handle to open the liftgate if the RKE transmitter is within 1m (3 ft).

Key Access

To access a vehicle with a dead transmitter battery, see Door Locks.

    Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation

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