While I’ve spent countless hours under the hood, I’ve also dedicated a significant portion of my time to sharing my knowledge through blog posts like this one. Today, we’re diving into a common concern many Bolt EV owners have raised: the puzzling “Remote Learn Pending Please Wait” message.
Now, I understand that not everyone has a mechanic’s background, so I’ll be breaking this down in simple, easy-to-understand terms. My aim? To provide you with a clear understanding and actionable solutions, all while keeping our conversation engaging and informative.
So, whether you’re a seasoned Bolt EV driver or a newbie to the electric vehicle world, you’ll find this post helpful.
Understanding the ‘Remote Learn Pending Please Wait’ Message
The “Remote Learn Pending Please Wait” message, like every other EV-related issue, is one of those notifications that can leave even the most tech-savvy Bolt EV owners scratching their heads.
But don’t worry, with my 13 years of experience as a mechanic and numerous encounters with this very issue, I’m here to shed some light on it. What does the message mean?
At its core, this message is the car’s way of telling you that it’s in the process of recognizing and establishing a connection with the remote key fob. Think of it as a handshake between your Bolt EV and the remote.
It’s the vehicle’s way of ensuring the right key is being used, enhancing security and functionality. When and where do users typically encounter this message?
Most often, owners see this message when they’re trying to pair a new remote to their vehicle or after replacing the battery in their existing remote. It can also pop up if a temporary glitch or interference is affecting the communication between the car and the remote.
Typically, this message appears on the vehicle’s dashboard display, right where you’d see other notifications and alerts.
In my years of working on vehicles and writing about them, I’ve found that understanding the root of a problem is half the battle. With this foundational knowledge, we can now delve into the common causes and, more importantly, the solutions to this pesky message.
Common Causes for the ‘Remote Learn Pending Please Wait’ Message
Navigating the world of automotive issues can sometimes feel like detective work. Let’s unravel the mystery behind this message by exploring its most common causes:
1. Battery Issues
One of the most frequent culprits. When the battery in your key fob is running low, it may not have enough power to communicate effectively with the vehicle, leading to this message. While less common, a significantly drained vehicle battery can also interfere with the remote’s pairing process.
2. Remote Pairing Issues
Sometimes, the signals between the two can get crossed, especially if there’s been a recent reset or if the remote has been unpaired and is being reintroduced to the vehicle. If you’re attempting to pair more than one remote at the same time, the vehicle might get “confused,” leading to the message.
3. Software Glitches
Just like our smartphones and computers, cars also need software updates. An outdated system might not recognize newer remote versions or might have bugs that cause the message. Even with the latest updates, software isn’t perfect. Temporary glitches can occasionally trigger the message.
4. Environmental Interferences
Electronic devices can cause interference. Other electronic devices, like cell phones or even other key fobs, can interfere with the remote’s signal. While less common, physical obstructions, such as walls or metal objects, can sometimes disrupt the remote and vehicle communication.
Effective Fixes for the ‘Remote Learn Pending Please Wait’ Message
Now that we’ve identified the usual suspects behind this message, let’s roll up our sleeves and explore the solutions. Here’s how you can address each cause:
1. Battery Solutions
This is often the quickest fix. If you’ve been using your key fob for a while and start seeing the message, consider changing the battery.
Most key fobs use coin cell batteries, which are readily available at electronics or automotive stores. If your Bolt EV’s battery is significantly drained, give it a good charge. A healthy vehicle battery ensures all electronic systems, including remote pairing, function optimally.
2. Remote Pairing Solutions
Sometimes, it’s as simple as starting over. Remove the remote from the vehicle’s memory (consult your owner’s manual for steps) and then re-pair it. This can often clear up any miscommunication issues.
Do sequentially if you’re introducing multiple new remotes to your Bolt EV. This ensures the vehicle doesn’t get overwhelmed and can recognize each remote properly.
3. Software Solutions
Ensure your vehicle’s software is up-to-date. Manufacturers often release updates to fix known bugs. You can usually check for updates via the vehicle’s infotainment system or visit your dealership.
If you suspect a temporary software glitch, consider resetting the vehicle’s electronic system. This is akin to rebooting a computer. Again, your owner’s manual should guide how to do this safely.
4. Environmental Solutions
If you’re near other electronic devices, move them away or turn them off when trying to pair the remote. This ensures a clear signal between the key fob and the vehicle. While remote signals can typically pass through barriers, it’s always a good idea to ensure there’s a clear path between the remote and the vehicle, especially during the pairing process.
Remember, while these fixes can address the majority of issues related to the “Remote Learn Pending Please Wait” message, there are instances where professional intervention might be necessary. If you’ve tried these solutions and still face challenges, it might be time to consult with a dealership or trusted mechanic.
Prevention, as they say, is better than cure. While we’ve covered how to address the “Remote Learn Pending Please Wait” message after it appears, let’s discuss some proactive steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of encountering this issue in the first place.
1. Regularly Check and Replace Key Fob Batteries
Just as you’d replace smoke detector batteries periodically, make it a habit to change your key fob batteries every year or so, even if they haven’t died yet. This ensures a strong signal and reduces the chances of miscommunication.
2. Keep Software Updated
Manufacturers release software updates not just to introduce new features but also to fix known bugs. Regularly check for updates and install them to ensure your Bolt EV’s systems run smoothly.
3. Be Mindful of Surroundings When Pairing or Using the Remote
Avoid pairing your remote near other electronic devices or in areas with a lot of electronic “noise.” A quieter environment, electronically speaking, can make the pairing process smoother.
4. Store Key Fobs Properly
Store your key fobs in a cool, dry place away from other electronic devices when not in use. This can prolong battery life and reduce the chances of interference.
5. Familiarize Yourself with the Owner’s Manual
The owner’s manual isn’t just for troubleshooting; it’s also a preventive tool. You can avoid many common issues by understanding the recommended practices and potential pitfalls outlined in the manual.
By taking these preventive measures, you can enjoy a seamless experience with your Bolt EV’s remote system and reduce the chances of running into the “Remote Learn Pending Please Wait” message.