I couldn’t find a good how-to for adding a key to my 2006 V50, so I’m writing this one.
I used VIDA 2015 online, with a three-day subscription, along with a DICE clone. No issues at all. By far, the hardest part was getting the VIDA online account and subscription activated through VolvoTechInfo.com.
NOTE: Throughout this process, your car will cut out and look like it has lost all power. This is VIDA accessing the ECU, which stops the CAN network from working. This is normal! Do not touch anything when it happens. The longest blackout I had during this entire process was about 24 seconds.
Step 1: Buy a key that has the codes on the original packaging. You need to two sets of numbers on the top left (16-digit and 8-digit). Make sure that there’s a battery in it when you begin programming. I paid $67.15 for it on Amazon.
Step 2: Get a VIDA subscription through Volvotechinfo.com and activate it. If you’re a first-time user, follow the directions, in order, on the page to get it set up. It’s painstaking, but easier if you read the directions first. My subscription, with the email bulletin add-ons, came to $82.34.
Step 3: Connect your vehicle and find your software. Once the car is brought up on VIDA, go to the “Software” tab. There will be lists of available software for your car. You have to purchase each program individually.
Ensure “Purchase Software” is highlighted in blue, and then click on the “Function Changes” button below that. You want to select Part Number 30667237, Master Key application. Click “Add Software.” This program cost me $34.18.
Step 4: Purchase the software download. The application should now be listed on the right side of the screen, in the Order Queue tab.
- Click the check box and click purchase. This will bring up a login for the Volvo Tech Info site.
- Follow the directions to complete your purchase. You will get an order number in the top right corner. Write it down. It will also be emailed to you, but it was quicker to just have it ready.
IMPORTANT!!! At this point, make sure that your laptop is charged and that the car’s battery voltage is high enough that it will stay above 11.9V for the duration of the process! Somewhere below 12V, the program will stop running and may brick your ECM. Volvo recommends using a battery power supply whenever you’re programming, but I just took my car for a drive and turned the headlights to the parking-light setting to save some power.
Step 5: Close your vehicle tab that has opened in VIDA and then reconnect the car. I kept getting failures to download if I didn’t do this first.
Step 6: Return to the “Software” tab. Stay on “Purchase Software.” Click on “Query Order” and then click “Continue”. This will bring up the item you just purchased. Select the box next to the Part Number and then click “Retrieve” at the bottom of the screen. You will be prompted to enter your Order Number. Once it processes, go ahead and select “Continue”.
Step 6: Download Software. When you’re ready, click “Start” on the lower right of the screen. This will start the process of downloading and installing your software.
Step 7: Wait for one minute. When the download is finished, the CEM has to refresh and start the key loading program that you downloaded. You’ll get a pop-up and a countdown timer. This refresh keeps the lock on the ignition unlocked, so you can insert unprogrammed keys and still turn the ignition to position II.
Step 8: Program your new key! The new program automatically opens after the CEM is done refreshing and it is actually very user friendly. Click on “Add Key” and follow the prompts to remove your current key, put the new key in the ignition, and turn it to position 2. Then enter the two codes from the packaging. Once they’re entered, click “continue” and follow the prompts. It will prompt you to test the key by pressing a button and, if it worked, you’re finished removing keys.
- If you’re adding multiple keys, the next screen will allow you to add them. Or you can return to the main menu.
Step 9: Remove any programmed keys that you don’t possess. My car came with only one key, but had two programmed. Click “Remove Key”
Step 10: ID which key is which... follow the prompts to push and hold a button on the key, and simultaneously hit “Start Reading”. This will ID the key you’re holding. Do that for all of your keys and the one (or more) that never gets ID’d is to be erased. When the lists in the windows look correct, click “Erase Keys.” When that’s complete, you’re done erasing keys. Click “Exit”.
- If you accidentally deleted a good key, you can just go back and re-add it.
- The program will supposedly work for as long as your subscription is valid, but I believe it only works for that VIN. Once you exit the program, you’ll have to redownload through your order history and execute the program all over from Step 6. If you want to do another car, you will need to purchase the software download again, with that car connected.
Step 11: Click “Exit” to leave the key program and complete the download and key install process. VIDA will return to the download progress bar and continue programming the ECU, resetting any stored trouble codes, setting your clock, and confirming completion.
All in all, it was straightforward. I had a lot of angst that I was downloading the right program and doing things correctly, so hopefully this sets someone’s mind at ease should they decide they want to try it.
All told, it cost me $183.67 to do it all. The dealership quoted me $175 just for programming one key and wouldn’t guarantee that it would work. They wanted $125 for the key itself, had I not had one. So, doing it myself saved over half the cost of the dealer. Being able to get some other work done with VIDA during my subscription made the savings even higher.
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